It’s not always possible to have an outdoor garden: you may lack knowledge, space, or time, or your health may not allow you to work outside. Today I have some good news to share with you if one of those reasons is keeping you from enjoying gardening. I recently got the Click and Grow Smart Garden 9, and it’s the perfect way to enjoy a few fresh herbs and vegetables, straight from your kitchen counter.
This simple indoor garden makes it possible to grow lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and even flowers. It takes out any complications from growing your favorite food since it comes with the proper soil and water source and the grow lights that turn on and off by themselves. All you really need to do is watch the water level and add more water to the basin every couple of weeks.
I received a Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 to experiment with and review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions below are mine.
What is Click and Grow Smart Garden 9?
The click and grow smart garden system is a compact box that has everything you need to grow organic food in your home. It has a base that holds the water, a tray to place the pods in and grow lights above to keep the plants growing. So simple, yet so efficient!
What I Like About This Garden
I’ve only had it for less than 2 weeks, but I’m already excited about all the possibilities. Here are some of the things I like most:
- the small, compact design makes it easy to find a spot on the kitchen counter or on a small table; it comes in 3 colors (white, grey, and beige), so you can match your home decor. I chose white for mine.
- the watering happens automatically: you just need to refill the gallon-sized base when it goes below half. This makes it almost hands-off, not that you’ll want to: I keep going to look at my seedlings; I love to see them grow!
- because it uses LED light it doesn’t use up a lot of electricity
- the company offers many different plant pods and bundles. I love trying new things and plan to plant different herbs and veggies throughout the year. Smart Garden 9 can accommodate 9 different plants at one time.
- if you have children, a smart garden can be a nice opportunity to teach them about gardening in an easy and fun environment.
How To Set Up Your Smart Garden 9
Setting up this garden was really easy: it took only a few minutes to have it all ready to grow.
I loved that the garden was packed in a very compact way. The outer box was just big enough to house the container, LED grow lights, extension arms, electric plug converter, pee-seeded smart pods, and clear plastic domes that are used for improved germination.
I loved this little touch: there was a Chinese proverb stamped on top of the garden box. “If you want to be happy for a month, get married; if you want to be happy for the rest of your life, become a gardener”.
Setting up the garden
Assembling the click and grow garden was extremely easy: I clicked in the arms to the water basin, then connected the grow lights, and filled the base of the garden with a gallon of water.
Planting the seed pods
Once the garden was set up, it was time to plant the seed pods. Easy, peasy: just had to remove them from the package, remove the U-shaped lid, and plop the seed pod into the cavity. Then add back the lid I removed, and cover the pod with the transparent domes. These help keep the right environment for the seeds to germinate.
I planted 3 plants each of basil, tomatoes, and lettuce. I wrote the plant names on the little plastic extension for easy identification, but that is not really necessary, since as they grow the plants will be easily identifiable.
With everything set up, it was time to plug it in and let it do its magic.
How to Care for Your Smart Garden 9
Honestly, there isn’t much you need to do for your smart garden: it’s set up in such a way that it takes care of itself. All you need to do is make sure to keep the water filled. It takes about a gallon of water and needs to be replenished every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the temperature of the room you keep the garden in.
Since the nutrients are already included within the seed pods, there’s no reason to worry about that.
Of course, monitoring plant growth is the fun part of indoor gardening. Once the pants get bigger, there might be a need for staking (if you grow tomatoes or peppers, for example), and, of course, trimming.
Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 Cons
I’ve only had the Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 for a couple of weeks, but I’m excited to see the progress of my plants. They already sprouted and are growing nicely.
But there are a few things that aren’t perfect:
- it’s expensive
- it won’t really feed your family; there’s only room for 9 small plants, so if you’d like larger plants, you’re out of luck
- you need to keep buying the seed pods from the company (though if you want to save, you can get a pod subscription)
- the light is very bright, so you need to figure out where to place it so it doesn’t bother you at night. I had to set it up in our spare bedroom, which is sad because I wish it was right in the middle of my kitchen
Who Should Get a Smart Garden 9
While a small indoor garden is not for everyone, here are some ideas for people who would love a smart indoor garden:
- older gardeners who can no longer get out in the garden
- parents of young children who want to inspire and educate their kids about gardening
- mothers and grandmothers, fathers and grandfathers, would all love a smart garden as s gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, their birthday, or Christmas.
- people with limited outdoor space, such as apartment dwellers
- busy individuals: since the smart garden requires s little attention, it’s perfect for busy people who wish for a bit of freshness in their meals
- novice gardeners, who don’t know much about growing food
Hopefully, you learned all you need to know to make a decision if you or a loved one needs one of these gardens.
Great for people who are short on space, time, or gardening experience, the smart garden offers a range of benefits, including fresh and organic herbs and veggies, convenience, and a touch of nature in your home. Remember to use my coupon (BGL10) for 10% off this garden or anything else in the store.
Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project.