How does adding a fresh sprig of basil to your hot soup sound to you? Growing fresh herbs is a luxury that only a few can afford, especially if we live in apartments, cold climates, or hot regions. Smart garden kits attempt to change this with their innovative design. These nifty and small indoor container gardens can be perched anywhere—be it your kitchen window, counter, or your study table.
But before we get any further, let me tell you that these gardens aren’t really smart. For example, they do not respond to voice commands or support any smart assistants. They are smart in the way that you can manage their watering schedule and light. Plus, they can notify you when they need plant food. And since most of these are hydroponic, herbs and other small plants generally have a faster growth rate. Moreover, you do not have to worry about pests and other insects.
With that in mind, let’s check out some of the most popular smart garden kits you can buy. They make great gifts for the holiday season. Let’s check them out.
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1. Ahopegarden Store Indoor Garden
The best part is that the grow light is height adjustable to match your plants and herbs. Users have had good experiences with growing their herbs in this hydroponic system. They love its easy-to-use nature and the timer function. For example, if your kitchen gets plenty of sunshine, you can adjust the grow light’s timer accordingly.
The kit comes with everything you need except for the seeds. This smart garden kit isn’t bulky and is easily manageable. And hey, you can always check the water level through the clear window. You can drain the water through the outlet and replace it with fresh water when the need arises.
2. Click & Grow Smart Garden for Home Kitchen
This Click & Grow planter is a sleek planter (it has 3 pods), and you can place it just about anywhere, even on your work desk (unless the bright light is too distracting for you). The LED light is sleek and has its own On/Off cycle. You can adjust its height as per your plant’s height.
So far, this smart garden kit has received its share of good reviews from its user base. There are some limitations, though. For one, you will have to source the seed pods from Click & Grow, and you won’t be able to use seeds of your preference. Secondly, some users have complained of white mold forming on the top layer of the soil. Lastly, there’s no water circulation tech.
That said, it’s easy to use, and if you are about to begin growing fresh herbs, this one is worth a peek.
3. iDOO Hydroponics Growing System
The LED lights system is big and packs an assortment of LED bulbs. The right set of bulbs will light up when you pick a particular mode (vegetable or flower). Like its counterpart above, it has a mix of solid and water mediums. So, you’ll need to soak the soil pods before planting the seeds. Here, you will have to source the seeds on your own.
The built-in pump does its job of circulating the water and oxygenating it. Compared to the ones above, it’s more popular, primarily for the big size. Secondly, features like a fan and water circulation make it a favorite among many. It has more than 4,000 user ratings on Amazon and comes highly recommended by several users.
You can combine the iDOO garden kit with the company’s own plant food to boost your plant’s growth.
4. AeroGarden Harvest
Follow the instructions and the plants can easily germinate and grow. More importantly, there is enough room for the plants to grow. And several users have pointed out that the plants grow fast. And the easy access to herbs all year round is the cherry on top. Cool, right?
The Aerograden Harvest is well-liked by its buyers for its all-rounder kit. It has over 17,00 user ratings, and over 80% are on the positive side. The planter is durable (that’s important, isn’t it?) and comes with easy instructions. For instance, when the lights start flashing, you will know it needs manual action. Plus, the pump helps prevents algae and mold from forming.
Grow Your Green Thumb!
Smart garden kits for indoor gardens make it an easy activity, especially if you are new to it. However, you will have to keep a few things in mind. For example, you will have to set the schedule such that the lights switch off for at least 8 hours a day. Secondly, you will need to ensure that the water tank is cleaned after each harvest.
Last updated on 06 November, 2022
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