John Thompson

John is an avid indoor and outdoor gardener who has been with AeroGrow since inception, helping in all aspects of product development and marketing.

  1. Spiders and Gnomes

    Thanks to Brian for sharing his photo of a spider plant, petunias and garden helper. To share your AeroGarden photo (with a chance at a free seed kit giveaway) post pictures of your garden at www.facebook.com/aerogarden.
  2. How fresh is fresh?

    Did you know that fresh produce from your grocery store travels an average of 1,500 to 2,500 miles to reach your plate and averages 7 to 14 days from farm to plate?  Compare that to AeroGarden-fresh!  I like to grow the salad greens in my office at work for a healthy, FRESH, "off the plant" snack.  
  3. How to save tomato seeds

    Every year, while I'm enjoying my best and most delicious garden tomatoes, I save the best seed for planting the following year.  I've enjoyed amazing tomatoes, handed down and passed around, year after year.  No matter the source, if I have a good tomato, I save a seed or two and give it a try the following year.  With hybrids...
  4. Coleus is Catching On

    Thanks to Beth for posting this beautiful shot of the Coleus she rooted from cuttings in the AeroGarden.  Colorful and easy!  Look for a Coleus kit from AeroGrow later this summer! To share a photo from your AeroGarden post it on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/aerogarden.
  5. Basil tip # 5 - Basil simple syrup

    Thanks to Annie for this great tip for making sweetly spicy summer drinks! To make basil simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat until the sugar dissolves, and then stir in a good handful of basil. Remove from heat.  Let it steep for about 30 minutes, strain and store in the fridge. Add your...
  6. Heirloom, Hybrid, or GMO?

    Broadly, seeds fall into three camps: Heirloom, hybrid or GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms).  So what's the difference? Heirloom seeds are seed that reproduce "true."  That is, if you save the seed from a Heirloom variety, when planted it will produce a plant (and fruit) that are exactly like the parent plant.  As a result, Heirloom seeds are often passed down...
  7. Two types of tomatoes -- small and tall

    Tomatoes as a whole can be classified in two categories based on the way they grow: determinate and indeterminate. Determinate varieties, sometimes known as "bush" varieties, tend to stop growing at a genetically determined height.  This height can range from a few inches tall to 4 to 5 feet tall, depending on the variety.  Plants grow to this pre-determined height...
  8. Citrus Thyme Coolers

    Use 1/2 orange and 2 slices lemon per serving Quarter oranges and cut lemon in eighths Squeeze oranges (2 quarters) and lemons (2 wedges) as you put them into a tall glass Muddle oranges, lemon wedges, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 ounce orange juice and 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme in a tall glass for several minutes Mix gently with your choice: 2 ounces...
  9. Basil Lemonade (and Basil Lemontini)

    Basil Lemonade Pick ½ cup of basil.  Can be Genovese, mixed, lemon basil,  globe basil, etc. Add 3 tablespoons sugar Crush basil and sugar together with a muddler or wooden spoon.  Mix well for 2 to 3 minutes Add 4 cups water Add ½ cup of lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best) Stir, let sit for 10 minutes (even more is...
  10. Mint Simple Syrup -- Best Mojitos!

    Mint Simple Syrup Pick 1 cup mint leaves and chop Add 1 cup sugar and muddle for 1-2 mintues with a muddler or wooden spoon Combine mint/sugar mix with 1 cup water and heat in medium sauce pan Bring syrup to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool and sit for 30 minutes Strain syrup...

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