I’ve always loved the idea of growing my own fruits and vegetables. And when I moved into my house, there was an old Koi Lake that the previous owners had turned into a vegetable.
Great, I thought I’d fill the Gunnell with a seasonal reward, cut my supermarket bills, and live off the ground. It didn’t go exactly as planned.
With a few crappy zucchini and some surprise potatoes that I completely forgot about, my ambitious plan to have a good life ended up sustaining only a few snails and caterpillars.
However, the urge to cultivate, collect, and devour the fruits of my labor never left me, so imagine the joy I had when I stumbled upon the latest hydroponic equipment at home. It’s ranging from insanely expensive to barely functional, but an innovative company called Click and Grow seems to have hit the sweet spot.
By taking over the basic spirit of hydroponics, which is essentially a clean and reliable way to grow plants indoors, and distilling it into a countertop that I would love to call a “gadget,” Click and Grow has created moisture for technology lovers. dream. An indoor garden that produces plenty of food with little effort.
So here’s how it works … The device itself sits on a large water well, and the included “pods” contain the seeds and nutrients needed to bring a new plant to life.
Whether it’s a salad or chili, each pod absorbs the right amount of water from the well below and then the right amount of UV light from the LEDs above it to replicate natural growth conditions.
Only this is even better. Because the tool is designed to replicate the absolutely ideal growing conditions – which we at Blighty could never have hoped for – your crop will grow fairly quickly.
I tested one of the larger indoor gardens in the Click and Grow product line, the Smart Garden 9, and it contains nine pods – three salads, three mini tomatoes and three basil.
I started in November; it’s January now and I’ve been eating greens for weeks. My tomatoes haven’t grown yet, but looking at the flowers they’ve grown, I think my crop is very good.
So it works and it works very, very well. And the best part is that it requires minimal intake. The lights run on a timer, the water tank contains enough liquid to keep it fresh for several weeks, and the biggest task is regular harvesting.
Disadvantages? Maybe one or two. Indoor gardens are not cheap. The smallest, which contains three pods, starts at £ 120. My Smart Garden 9 costs £ 195 – and can actually cost a lot more if you want a bigger crop.
The price of the pods is slightly different, with the three packages starting at £ 8.95. But the variety of crops that can be grown is enormous. And watch out for occasional specials. I had a field day when I bought new pods around Black Friday, and if you sign up for the Click and Grow email list, you’ll get additional discounts from time to time.
Another slight downside is that the garden lights are incredibly strong. I thought I would put it on my desk before he arrived. But the LEDs would have been too intrusive. But in my bathroom, she’s happy. And it actually saves us from turning on the main light when we come in to drink or cultivate our crop.
I also had a duff pod. One of my lettuce plants couldn’t get off the blocks. However, I didn’t worry too much because I had some kale seeds left over from a failed field cultivation experiment, so I just popped in a few and now have my tap in another supermarket.
Using the indoor garden is really as easy as it sounds and there are plenty of video guides to help, as well as a bustling social media community of co-owners, but Click and Grow also offers a free app that regularly updates which stage the plants should be on, and what you need to do to keep them in top condition.
So I became a bit of an indoor gardener. I can’t wait for my Rainbow Chard pods to snap in, and I think they’ll succeed in the salad because it’s the only crop that looks a little tired, even after nearly three months and lots of delicious sandwiches.
And there is an argument for sustainability in indoor cultivation as well. LED lights consume very little energy and it is conceivable that an entire nation will use them in their homes and homes, even in schools and colleges. We’re growing the whole thing, and most of the huge indoor “farms” can produce from what we buy in supermarkets. How exciting.
Ignoring the fact that the packaging of Click and Grow sleeves is made of plastic, hydroponics is a wonderful thing, so a miniature interpretation of the technology in our kitchen is amazing.
There may be another bump in outdoor cultivation this spring. Maybe I’ll have even more success with some of my green plants. But nothing you grow outdoors will be as quick and easy – not to mention purity – like the indoor plants I enjoy watching in Click and Grow. A wonderful addition to any household.