Knowing that I do not have luck growing plants, my mom and Bill got M & me an AeroGarden for Christmas. It was back ordered and just arrived so we put it together today. It is a cute unit that will give us fresh herbs for 4-6 months. The funny thing is, I had been thinking about getting M an herb garden for Christmas, although I was just going to give him the pots soil and seeds. The problem there is no one sells seeds in NY in December. Duh. The whole system is really amazing. There is no soil and water streams through the seeds constantly so if you look inside you can see the water dripping down. I have been peeking in because it is just so neat. In 3 days we should have our first sprout. Stay tuned.