2nd Gen ‘Click and Grow’ Smart Garden Features LEDs

I love growing things, even herbs or flowers. There’s an immense satisfaction in knowing the basil or tomato in your salad was grown right outside your door. Or, thanks to the many indoor growing technologies now available, inside your house.

Last summer, we reported on the Click & Grow, an electronic smartpot system that allows you to grow a variety of plants at the touch of a button. Now, we’re pleased to see that the gadget’s makers have introduced an updated version, complete with energy saving LEDs and an expanded growing capacity.

Click and grow herb garden

Image via Click and Grow/Kickstarter

The original Click & Grow was pretty impressive, featuring electronic sensors, batteries, a pump and a water reservoir so that once your seeds were planted, all you had to do was sit back and wait. Unfortunately, it only allowed for the growing of one type of plant at a time, and included no lighting apparatus, so it still had to be placed in an area with lots of natural sunlight.

The newest model, called the Smart Herb Garden, removes these shortcomings. The next gen Click & Grow can handle up to three separate types of herbs at once, and cartridges for basil, thyme and lemon balm are already available. Soon, the company hopes to add chili pepper, mini tomato, peppermint, spinach, salad rocket and various kinds of lettuce.

According to the designers, the backbone of the technology is the growth medium, a nanotech material engineered to supply plant roots with the right amount of oxygen, water and nutrients at any time. And then there’s the lights. “We’ve worked with the worlds leading LED technologists to invent a natural-looking light system that gives plants enough light to grow while only requiring 6 watts of energy. This keeps the electricity bill for running the Smart Herb Garden  a whole year to around 4-5 dollars.”

Interested? Click & Grow is running a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Smart Herb Garden to market.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog