I fancy myself a very caring cat owner (at least according to recent polling), an attentive betta fish owner with a good track record for long-lived aquatic companions, and an excellent housekeeper. But for the life of me, I can't seem to grow herbs...a minor annoyance to my inner-Martha.
Being the managing editor of all things electronic, I turned to technology for some help in turning my slightly sickly yellow-brownish thumb a few shades greener. Click & Grow takes the plug-and-play philosophy of computer peripherals and applies the same easy-use setup to the realm of plant care, automating most every aspect of growing a plant indoors.
Pop in 4 AA batteries, fill up the square reservoir to a clearly marked line with tap water, close everything up, and wait for the smart technology to do its thing. The Click & Grow measures how much water, fertilizer and air is needed using a small sensor inside, with a small pump providing water at regular intervals so you don't suffer for under or overwatering (my gardening Achille's heel). Setting everything up was more simple than setting up a new smartphone...and took a lot less time.
The one knock I've got is this easy gardening for dummies doesn't come cheap: $59.99 for a basil, Cockscomb, or painted nettle set, with additional plant cartridge refills for $19.90 (chili, thyme, or miniature tomatoes are available).
Supposedly 1-2 weeks from now I'll be enjoying the emergence of some basil, and hopefully a few weeks afterward have enough to make some homemade pesto to celebrate my plug-and-play garden!
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(Images: Gregory Han, Click & Grow)