I am learning to garden indoors for many reasons — chiefly wind, heat, and brutal sunshine. I don’t attempt to grow much stuff outside on the patio since seeing my Topsy Turvy tomato plant hangers snapping in the breeze over the fence like extremely expensive wind socks.
Not since seeing our ‘normal wind’ rip the cover off my VegTrug and nearly fling it out across the valley, despite hefty tie-downs, duct tape and zip ties.
The compost system is now tied down with concrete blocks and is going nowhere now. You’re welcome, neighbor.
So, yes, the dream of an indoor grow system has crossed my mind on more than one occasion.
Smashing Some Preconceived Notions about Grow Systems
I’ve thought of grow systems as being along the lines of the coolest one I’ve ever seen – from the 1972 sci-fi movie Silent Running with Bruce Dern – and that one didn’t even exist.
Since I never had the urge to colonize Mars or boldly go where no person has gone before, grow systems didn’t make much sense to worry about. Now, 42 years later, real life technology has caught up with and surpassed my sci-fi-conceived notions.
This is not a grow systems review, but it’s some good reasons to fall in love…
Under the best conditions, I would be writing a review of a system with which I’ve had a few months of experience. In this case, I haven’t tried the grow systems I just ‘met’ – Click & Grow – but I can hardly wait for my Smart Herb Garden to arrive!
- For one thing, the Click & Grow system is small (13.9″ x 4.96″ x 12.1″ – weighs 2.19 pounds), so I will not have to build a space-traversing bubble-enclosed space vessel to use it. That’s a good thing, given how difficult air travel is these days.
- The Click & Grow systems only need to be watered every few weeks, and the system will tell me when to do so. I’ll take that peace of mind any day! No more need to guess which plant needs how much water and when – or fretting about over-watering, under-watering, or feeding.
- Click & Grow systems modules are available with mini tomato, chili pepper, basil, thyme, garden sage, lemon balm, sugar leaf. You can also grow decorative plants: busy lizzy, china pink, cockscomb, lamb’s ear, painted nettle, and more plants are in line to be offered.
- They’re in the process of setting up to provide Pro refills for those who want to sow their own seeds – that’ll be me in a few months, given that I love starting stuff from seeds!
- There are no pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, plant hormones or other suspicious substances. And not a single GMO in the bunch.
- To quote their Facebook page: What makes Click & Grow special is that plants grow in [the system] on their own, without any outside help. A plant that grows in the Click & Grow flowerpot does not need watering, fertilizing or any other kind of care. The whole process of plant growth is taken care of by the sensors, processor and special software in the pot. A truly remarkable gadget for the modern person! (I’m a modern person; I want that!)
- The dang thing runs on batteries (although I’m getting the Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden that’s supposed to plug into a wall).
Click and Grow Systems are More than Just Cool Tech Stuff
One of the coolest things about Click & Grow is that it was ‘grown’ with the help of Kickstarter. I’m a major fan of and constant participant in crowdsourced innovation at Kickstarter. Participating companies can run fast and low to the ground, eyes open and on high alert, listening to their crowd.
“What’s that got to do with gardening?” I hear you ask. Not much… and everything. Lots of gardeners are innovators and inventors. As our planet’s climate rock ‘n rolls in chaotic directions, we’ve gotten smarter and better, more creative, more responsive. I’m all for getting behind products and processes that will keep us getting smarter and better – and Click & Grow feels like one of them.