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Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 Review – 6 Months

Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 Review – 6 Months

On December 4th 2017, or over 6 months ago, I ordered a Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 for reviewing it on this site, and to grow some fresh greens at home. When we first reviewed the product after 2 months and weren’t very excited about it. After tinkering with it, I do think it requires a second review.

When I first ordered the Click and Grow Smart Garden 9, I received three marketing emails in quick succession. One to get $25 off and refer a friend. One for a free Smart Garden 3 (received on the same day that I placed my order). The last marketing communication to buy another garden and some flowers to grow in said garden.

Click and Grow FundingAbout my order however, I’ve received nothing. No notification, nada. Not good, for a number of reasons.

Starting first with the customer experience.

  • I had no idea where my Smart Garden was, whether the order was being fulfilled, if it was en route, or being assembled in China.
  • I just knew that I was billed the $50.
  • I soon followed up by sending the people at Click and Grow an email, asking what was the order status.
  • I took them 2 weeks to respond stating high volume.

Having built digital businesses for fortune 500 brands, to me this was more a fault of poor customer experience and service design than anything else.

Out of curiosity I looked a bit deeper at the company, the Click and Grow team has raised about ~$7MM to develop and bring the product to market. Honestly for this amount in raised capital, it seems there’s general mismanagement and lack of focus at the corporate level. Either way they’re doing good things, so I figure let it slide.

Next up, we’ve got their ordering and fulfillment system, which is a total nightmare to get started with. Their ordering system doesn’t seem to be integrated. I had to create a second Click and Grow account in order to change the plant pods that were being delivered. Once we got going though it was ok. It could use a user experience / customer experience overhaul, but not the end of the world.

Growing with the Click and Grow Smart Garden 9

Click and Grow Smart Garden 9Here’s where it gets interesting. The Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 isn’t for everything and the plant selection on the site is a bit misleading. Some plants like parsley, basil, mustard greens will flourish, whereas other plants, i.e. kale, tomatoes don’t do so well. It’s a bit hit and miss with the plant selection and at $3/plant it’s all a bit expensive for sub par quality.

That said when it does it work, it works great. We’ve used the lick and Grow Smart Garden 9 to grow 9 of the same plant and withing a few weeks were able to have a salad of mustard greens that we mixed into out sore bought romaine.

The other issue I’ve noticed is that the growing medium will sometimes get moldy, though the company assured me this is normal. And the growing medium will sometimes dry out. I’m not sure as to why this is the case but will have to investigate it further. The Click and Grow does have to be cleaned out every so often as it can get overgrown. I’ve also started adding in my own hydroponic fertilizer which has definitely helped in seeing better plant growth.

Check out the original review, or read about how we grew microgreens with the hamama greens kit. If you’d like to get a garden for yourself, please use our Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 affiliate link to Amazon , or the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3.

Three Reasons to Join a CSA this Summer.

Three Reasons to Join a CSA this Summer.

We’re really excited to join a CSA this summer. Our first CSA delivery won’t be ready for another week and already we can’t wait to taste our seasonal goodies.  If you’re not familiar with the concept, here’s a brief overview of the what and why of joining a CSA.

CSA stands for community supported agriculture and is a concept that brings together local farmers with local customers.  While specific CSAs vary, customers generally sign up for a weekly or biweekly supply of fresh, seasonal and local fruit and veggies, which may be supplemented by other products like eggs, meat, honey, spices, beer or milk. We’ll be picking up our CSA weekly at a chill local bar here in Brooklyn. (more…)

Why are peat bogs important? And why we should stop using peat.

Why are peat bogs important? And why we should stop using peat.

Why are peat bogs important? Let’s start off with some facts. Peat bogs are a massive carbon sink and aid in the storage of carbon, containing more locked away carbon that the world’s forests. Peat covers 2-3% of the earth’s surface making it relatively scarce. Forests for example cover 31%. Using peat as either fuel, or in gardening, releases carbon back into the atmosphere. Peat is not regarded as a renewable due to its extraction rate in industrialized countries. Estimates put peat bog mass harvested each year at 60 times less than the mass that accumulates. Using peat is not sustainable. (more…)

Apartment Farming: Experimenting with Growing Kale Indoors

Apartment Farming: Experimenting with Growing Kale Indoors

Apartment Farming. Growing indoors in an apartment, is growing in sub-optimal conditions. Commercial vertical farms crate optimal conditions for growth. They cool or heat their grow areas provide optimal nutrient delivery and lighting for whatever green it is they’re growing. Most of us however don’t have access to that.

Growing indoors doesn’t present the same luxury. We have to live where we grow and indoor temperatures can range from the 60’s during winter to the high 80’s and even 90’s in summer. AC doesn’t blow evenly and in cities steam pipes can make the insides of apartments feel like saunas. Brooklyn anyone? (more…)