Review: Click and Grow Indoor Smart Herb Garden
I've always loved growing plants but I've never had a green thumb like my mom's. Her gorgeous backyard garden is overflowing with so much living horticulture including herbs, tomatoes, flowers, and the like. Lately, I've felt the need to grow and enjoy indoor plants myself. When I recently read up about Click and Grow, I knew I had to give it a try.
Click & Grow uses their NASA-inspired technology to create Smart soil to help children, parents and busy entrepreneurs grow indoor plants fuller, faster and with minimal effort (and in a way that makes the unintentional killing off of your plants an impossibility!).
The first generation Click & Grow only supported the growth of one plant. Now, the second generation model has three separate beds to support the growth of up to three plants at once. Each Smart Herb Garden comes with three complementary pre-seeded cartridges.
How to Set Up Your Smart Herb Garden
1. Open your Smart Herb Garden box, take the Smart Herb Garden and cartridges out of the box. Carefully remove the green sticker covering the cartridge.
2. Snap the cartridge into the device's base (three round holes on the top of the Garden) and press the cartridge down until you hear a click.
3. Add water to the water reservoir, the flow indicator will rise up until the float is level with the surface. Since the cartridges are suspended on top of the water reservoir, water is automatically distributed to keep them moist. Note: The water reservoir will need to be refilled every 3-6 weeks.
4. Each cartridge comes with a plastic dome that will need to be placed on top to create a greenhouse effect. Place plastic dome on top. Note: The dome should stay on until sprouts are visible under the dome, after that you can remove the dome.
5. Lastly, plug the device in. The light strip will turn on and encourage plant growth. And that's simply it!
According to the guide, different plants have different life cycles. Most plants grow for 3-9 months, chili peppers and some blooming plants up to 12-18 months. The lifetime of a plant also depends on the light available, room temperature and the way you look after the plant.
Item: The Smart Herb Garden
Overall Impression: The Smart Garden is a perfect solution for indoor gardening.
Favorite Details: With the Smart Herb Garden, its natural-looking light system gives plants enough light to grow while only requiring 6 watts of energy. This keeps the electricity bill for running the Smart Herb Garden for a whole year at around $5.
Potential Problems: None encountered.
Splurge-Worthy? A great choice if you want to grow your own herbs indoors without the hassle.
Good for Small Homes? Yes, the Smart Herb Garden measures 11.8 inches in length, 11.1 inches (including light) in height and 4.7 inches in width.
What impressed us immediately about the Smart Garden was it's ease of use to grow plants with minimal effort. Within a week, we were able to see sprouts. The smart soil, water reservoir and lighting system really makes growing plants so much easier. If you don't have lots of spare time, space, light or talent, you might want to think about getting a Smart Herb Garden.
Buy the The Smart Herb Garden, $60.00 from Urban Outfitters
Seeing as I have been growing tomato and basil, I thought I'd share an easy recipe especially well-suited to my in-house harvest!
- 1 whole french baguette
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
- ½ cup mozzarella, sliced
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- Balsamic glaze, for drizzling
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice baguette as desired. Liberally apply butter or olive oil onto each slice. Lay slices down on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown.
2. Top each slice with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.
This post is sponsored by Click & Grow but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.