I have always wanted to grow my own food. But sadly I live in a one bedroom apartment in London with no outdoor space. My desk overlooks our downstairs neighbor’s backyard and I stare longingly out the window at their beautiful garden. I’m a bit envious of their outside space and their ability to grow what they want back there. I’ve tried to grow a windowsill herb garden before and while it worked for a bit, I wasn’t really confident that I’d be able to grow anything more than parsley or basil. So when I found out about Click and Grow, I knew I had to get my hands on one of their indoor gardens.
Click and Grow Smart Garden 27
Click and Grow kindly sent me their Smart Garden 27 to try for myself. The indoor three-level system gives you the ability to grow 27 different plants. You can choose from a variety of plant pods to grow. I knew that I wanted to grow a ton of herbs because I use them all the time when I’m cooking, so I started off with some rosemary, thyme, dill, mint, basil, and chives. I also was desperate to grow some veggies, so I decided to get some cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, chili peppers, snow peas, and more. I love a good salad but was always only using half of what came in a plastic bag so I went for some green lettuce, romaine, and kale.
It’s amazing how easy it is to set up your garden and start growing. The pieces of the hydroponic garden slide easily together and then all you need to do is plug it in and add some water to the basin. Then you take your little pods and stick them into the containers. The grow lights go on for about 16 hours a day (but don’t worry, they won’t make your electric bill skyrocket—I’ve barely seen a change).
To my disbelief, some of my pods started sprouting in only a few days (and if they don’t sprout, the amazing customer service team will send you a replacement seed pod). And after that, it was love (seriously, I talk about my indoor garden to anyone who will listen—it’s just so amazing). The thing about the Click and Grow is that it requires little to no effort. Sure, you need to keep an eye on the water levels, but you really only need to refill your garden slides every few weeks and that takes about five minutes. Other than that, you just sit back, and enjoy your homegrown food.
I’ve now had my Click and Grow since summer 2021 and in addition to what I first purchased, I have since grown wild strawberries, bok choy, rainbow chard, and more. It makes such a difference being able to just pick what you need and not have to worry about food waste or excessive plastic use.
If you don’t have enough space for the Smart Garden 27, Click and Grow comes in a variety of sizes that let you grow anything from three to 51 plants. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this has actually been a life changing product. My dream of growing my own vegetables came true—I just get to do it inside.