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Smart Herb Garden provides fresh herbs at home

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April 1, 2014

Click and Grow has launched its Smart Herb Garden

Click and Grow has launched its Smart Herb Garden

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It's always useful to have fresh herbs to hand in the kitchen, but they can easily wither if not well-fed and watered. Click and Grow wanted to overcome this problem. Its Smart Herb Garden is now available. It plugs into the wall and lets users grow their herbs without having to lift a finger.

Gizmag first covered the Smart Herb Garden in March last year, when Click and Grow was raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. It's safe to say that the fundraising campaign was a success, reaching its target of US$75,000 in less than 48 hours and raising $625,851 in total. Since then, the firm has been finalizing production and shipping of the first devices to its Kickstarter backers. Now, the Smart Herb Garden is available for everyone to buy.

Growing conditions are adjusted in relation to the data provided by the sensors

The device uses pre-seeded cartridges with the company's own "smart soil," designed to deliver the right amount of nutrients, oxygen and water to the plants. Cartridges currently available are chili pepper, mini tomato, salad rocket, basil, thyme and lemon balm, with plans to add peppermint, rosemary, strawberry and others to the range. Users are provided with a starter kit that includes basil, thyme and lemon balm and are able to grow up to three different types of herbs and vegetables at once.

To use the Smart Herb Garden, users need to add water and plug the device into an electrical socket. The device monitors the progress of the plants with sensors and software, adjusting the growing conditions accordingly. The device also features an LED grow-light that ensures the plants have enough light to thrive. An indicator light tells users when they need to top up the water, but, other than that, it pretty much takes care of itself.

A variety of refill cartridges are available, priced at US$19.99

"With the development of the Smart Herb Garden, we have gotten closer to our goal of a sustainable and pollution free future, while changing the way people think about fresh food," says Click and Grow’s Founder Mattias Lepp in a blog post.

The Smart Herb Garden is available to order on the Click and Grow website, retailing at US$99.95. A variety of refill cartridges are also available, priced at US$19.99.

The video below is the company's Kickstarter pitch for the Smart Herb Garden. The campaign is now finished, but the video still provides a good introduction to the technology.

Source: Click and Grow

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4 Comments

The light is a gimmick - plants need a very wide spectrum of light which "efficient" LEDs do not provide. It's the reason we don't feed our kids with corn syrup. Oh wait we do!

Sven Ollino
2nd April, 2014 @ 12:10 am PDT

Sven.. I beg to differ, I have a cool white LED on my fish tank and the plants love it. also there are LED's designed for grow lamps, with the exact spectrum plants like.

Jay Finke
2nd April, 2014 @ 09:48 am PDT

Actually AeroGrow has had similar but a much more extensive line of Indoor Automated Herb and Plant Gardens for quite a few years and is now in their 4th or 5th generation of such gardens. It has been successful enough that MiracleGro (the Garden Fertilizer Company) recently acquired them.

Their Garden's also use seed pods with necessary soil and nutrients for a fast start and have various levels of automation available. All include grow lights with timers, etc. They also offer Seed Starting Kits that allow you to start a whole garden of herbs, vegetables, and flowering plants indoors so the seedlings are ready to plant in the winter.

They offer a variety of models at a wide range of price points and capacities and offer more than 40 different Herbs, Greens, Peppers and Tomatoes and also have gardens with very high lights to allow larger Greens and Tomatoes to grow. See http://www.aerogarden.com for their entire current product line.

This seems to be nothing but a start-up copycat and unless they have extremely aggressive pricing, I suspect they will not be in the market for long.

GranvilleA
2nd April, 2014 @ 02:14 pm PDT

Smart Herb Garden is a very good and appealing device with a fair and suitable price. but I think it is very small, I mean you cant grow a good and enough quantity of herbs and vegetables in it. On the other hand, for the automatic watering of flowers, it is perfect !

asim_is_waiting
14th April, 2014 @ 02:30 am PDT
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