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Click and Grow Indoor Smart Garden Review

Click and Grow Indoor Smart Garden Review

When we lived in Westchester, New York on an acre of property, one of the most exciting improvements we made to our home was building an enclosed walk-in garden. And then we moved to cold Minnesota and I left my garden behind.

Last year, my husband surprised me with a Click and Grow Smart Garden, and it’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

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What is the Click and Grow Smart Garden?

If indoor gardens make you think of the future, you’re not alone. I remember as a kid touring Epcot’s Living with the Land indoor farming pods. Or more recently watching a flash-ahead episode of The Affair when an adult Joanie tends to her indoor wall garden.

Welcome to the future. Smart gardens are now a reality for the everyday person.

If you know how to make a cup of coffee, you can grow a smart garden. The Click and Grow reminds me of the Keurig. Simply place a pod (soil and seed included) into the recessed cavity in the smart garden, label the tab to identify your seedling, and pour some water in the base. Plug it in and within days, you will see your garden sprout.

It uses smart soil:

  • to evenly distribute water to plants
  • which has the perfect balance of pH-levels, water, oxygen, and nutrients
  • no pesticides, fungicides or harmful substances
  • plants grow 30 percent faster

What I love about the Click and Grow

Easy to use

  • does not require every day care
  • LED ight automatically goes on according to schedule
  • self-watering garden
  • uses smart soil that contains both the seed and nutrients
  • you only need to monitor the water level, prune your herbs and/or pick your fruits and veggies, and replenish with new pods when needed
  • order pods on subscription to make sure you’re fully stocked

Minimalistic design

My Smart Garden looks great sitting on my countertop. Not only do the plants give my kitchen some extra color but the garden itself has a sleek and modern design.

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Which Click and Grow Garden Is right for you?

The Smart Garden 3

This garden grows up to 3 plants and includes three basil plant pods (my favorite herb to grow). It’s available in 3 colors: white, grey, or beige.

The Smart Garden 9

Click and Grow garden in kitchen
My Click and Grow Smart Garden 9

This is the garden I own. It includes 3 tomato plant pods, 3 basil plant pods, and 3 lettuce plant pods. It’s available in three colors: white, grey, or beige.

The Smart Garden 9 PRO

You can also opt for the Smart Garden 9 Pro which integrates with their app to regulate the lights or change the schedule. It’s only available in white.

The Click and Grow Smart Garden Pro 9 is only available on the official website.

The Click and Grow 25

Available for pre-order, this smart gardenresembles a traditional garden bed. As the name suggests, it holds up to 25 pods. It’s available in two finishes: white or dark.

The Smart Garden 27

Click and Grow The Smart Garden 27
Click and Grow 27 (PHOTO: CLICK & GROW)

This three-tiered indoor smart garden holds 27 pods and is perfect for a kitchen or sunroom. It comes with 9 basil plant pods, 9 lettuce plant pods, and 9 mini tomato plant pods. It’s available in white, grey, or beige.

The Wall Farm Indoor Vertical Garden

This indoor garden of my dreams (currently sold out) holds 51 pods!

Why is this the best time to buy an indoor garden?

Over the last few years, we’re spending more time at home. We’re redecorating our homes, working from home, and eating at home. I now cook most nights, either from meal kits like Purple Carrot or suggestions from cookbooks.

Benefits to owning a smart garden

1. Plants available year-round

The thing I love best about my smart garden is always having fresh herbs available within arm’s reach while cooking. My go-to herbs are dill (great with eggs), basil (pasta dishes), rosemary, and thyme (both great with homemade soups).

2. A ray of sunshine

On dark dreary days, walking into my kitchen (where I keep my smart garden) always brings a smile to my face. Not only is the LED light like a burst of sunshine but seeing actual life growing on the coldest days makes me happy.

3. No green thumb needed

If you’re notoriously known as a plant killer amongst your friends and family, your murderous streak will come to an end with the Click and Grow. The only thing you need to remember to do is to occasionally add water to the base when it runs low. Other than that, it’s literally set it and forget it.

Which plants can you grow with the Click and Grow?

Click and Grow plant pod packages
(PHOTO: CLICK & GROW)

With Click and Grow, you can grow over 75 varieties of plants.

Pods come in a 3-pack. Each pod contains the soil and seed needed to grow into a plant, expected to live from 5 months to an entire year.

Most popular Click and Grow plant pods

  • mini tomato
  • wild strawberry
  • lavender
  • rosemary
  • peppermint
  • cilantro/coriander

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Herbs

herbs
  • apple mint
  • basil
  • catnip
  • chives
  • cilantro/coriander
  • curly parsley
  • cinnamon basil
  • dill
  • garden sage
  • holy basil
  • dwarf basil
  • hyssop
  • lavender
  • lemon basil
  • marjoram
  • lemon balm
  • mountain savory
  • oregano
  • peppermint
  • plain parsley
  • red basil
  • Thai basil
  • thyme rosemary

You can also purchase the following 9-pod mixes:

  • Italian herb mix
  • steak seasoning
  • calming tea

Or you can purchase 54-pod packs:

  • try everything mix
  • must-have herb mix
  • herb and salad mix

Fruits & Vegetables

mini tomatoes
  • chili pepper
  • dwarf pea
  • mini tomato
  • Piri Piri chili pepper
  • purple chili pepper
  • red hot chili pepper
  • red sweet pepper
  • wild strawberry
  • yellow chili pepper
  • yellow mini tomato
  • yellow sweet pepper

You can also purchase in bulk:

  • chili pepper mix (9-pack)
  • fruit and veggie mix (9-pack)
  • try everything mix (54-pack)

Greens

  • rainbow chard
  • leaf radish
  • Italian kale
  • Oakleaf lettuce
  • arugula
  • bloody sorrel
  • garden cress
  • green chard
  • green kale
  • green lettuce
  • green sorrel
  • leaf mustard
  • mibuna
  • pak choi
  • red chard
  • red frill mustard
  • red kale
  • red lettuce
  • red park choi
  • romaine lettuce
  • shungiku
  • wasabi mustard

You can also purchase the following 9-packs:

  • Asian cuisine mix
  • salad greens mix

Or 54-packs:

  • try everything mix
  • dark greens mix
  • sald greens mix

Flowers

woman and smart garden flowers
(PHOTO: CLICK & GROW)
  • Calendula
  • Dusty Miller
  • Ornamental grass
  • Lace Fern
  • Black Pansy
  • Blue Petunia
  • Busy Lizzie
  • Cockscomb
  • Cornflower
  • Lavender
  • Moss Rose
  • Painted Nettle
  • Petunia
  • Pink Petunia
  • Polka Dot Flower
  • Red Pansy
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • White Snapdragon

Get these muti-packs:

  • vibrant flower mix (9-pack)
  • vibrant flower mix (54-pack)

Grow Anything Plant Capsule

These refill capsule pods do not contain seeds. Rather, add the seed of any plant you want to grow. Called the experimental pack, I have not tried this yet.

Click and Grow Tips

watering click and grow garden
Pour water in the smart garden until indicator levels itself (PHOTO: CLICK & GROW)

After owning my Click and Grow for some time now, here are some tips:

  1. Check the water detector regularly
  2. If you like a certain plant, consider planting multiple pods of it in your garden. One pesto recipe wiped out my basil supply. I now have at least 3 basil plants growing at all times.
  3. Consider transplanting your plants once fully grown. I have not done this but would have extended the lives of my plants.
  4. Mold or algae growth in the pod does not mean your plant is sick. You can remove it if you wish but it will not harm your plant.
  5. If you don’t want the LED light on all day long, set it to turn on at night. It needs to run for 16 hours on and 8 hours off to sustain plant growth.
  6. You can buy replacement pods on Amazon, however, there is a much better selection on the Click and Grow website. You’ll also save up to 50% by subscribing and you can save even further 10% by using this link.
  7. Plant what makes you happy. I like to always add some sort of flower as bookends in my smart garden.

Pros and Cons of the Click and Grow

Pros

  • easy gardening
  • no sunlight needed. Light turns on and off automatically.
  • fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers can grow year round, despite your weather conditions
  • add new flavors to your cooking with exotic herbs
  • energy efficient
  • for every garden, you buy, Click and Grow plants a tree.

Cons

  • you cannot use your own soil or buy competitors’ pods
  • you need some counter space or other designated place for your garden
  • some plants are more successful than others but Click and Grow has a sprouting guaranteee, meaning if it doesn’t grow, they replace it.

Clic and Grow vs AeroGarden: Which is Better?

My best friend has the AeroGarden. From what I’ve gathered, the AeroGarden requires much more maintenance than the Click and Grow.

The AeroGarden:

  • requires you to add nutrients every two weeks to your plants.
  • has a pump and filter, the latter. of which needs occasional replacing.
  • recommends using AirStones for an oxygen boost.
  • needs regular cleanings using bleach or vinegar.

The Click and Grow:

  • nutrients are packed in the soil. You do not need to add extra nutrients.
  • to maintain the Click and Grow, just rinse it out occasionally with water (or if needed, detergent)

For those reasons alone, the Click and Grow is the clear winner to me.

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Is Click and Grow Worth it?

The answer is 100 percent yes. I have recommended this as a gift and bought it for others. Not only does it look fantastic and add a pop of color to your house, but this is also actually something that you can use and consume. I’m always happy to recommend any product that promotes healthy living.

I’ve tried both outdoor and indoor herb gardens before and while, it always starts off promising, within months, they die. Sometimes I overwater them and other times, they dry out. The Click and Grow makes growing an herb garden simple.

Also, while I do love outdoor gardens, unless you live in a perfect climate, it has a limited lifespan. I love that I can grow herbs and vegetables year-round, 365 days a year, while living in the Midwest.

Another thing you don’t have to worry about with your indoor garden is putting competing plants next to one another. Each plant will grow regardless of who its neighbor may be.

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