Click & Grow’s “smart herb garden” will make you stupid
I understand that a lot of people have no experience in growing food and city dwellers may not have garden space, but the so called high tech gardening has gone a bit too far with it. Click & Grow’s exorbitantly priced “smart herb garden”.
Surprisingly, Click & Grow raised almost $ 626,000 on Kickstarter for their plastic smart herb garden, which costs around $ 100. They only asked for $ 75,000. Which means that there are many people around the world who believe this product is worth supporting.
The startup promises that people who don’t have a garden, who love to cook but have never managed to keep a plant alive, and who are just too busy can enjoy fresh herbs all year round without doing anything. other than plug in the pot and put a little water in it.
While people should always be careful not to cut all the leaves at once and make sure that the plants get some natural light, just about the person buying such a product is no closer to understand the cycle of life after full basil growth than they were before the seed was planted.
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Several years of R&D have resulted in a design that uses nanotechnology to deliver the oxygen, water, and nutrients needed to ensure the growth of basil, thyme, baby tomatoes or arugula.
And instead of using the harshest LED technology, Click & Grow worked with engineers to develop a softer light that still only costs $ 3-4 per year in electricity costs.
When the first cycle of herbs is gone, just purchase refill cartridges, which cost $ 6.95 each. Except for the peppers, which cost almost $ 10. And then it all has to be shipped.
On the other hand, one could buy a packet of organic and heirloom winter thyme seeds, organic and heirloom not only being the healthy choice, but also the most expensive, for around $ 5. This package will contain enough seeds to last for several plantings.
It seems to me that it’s good for people to have fresh herbs, but it’s not that hard to grow them. And what better opportunity to learn than now? Seriously, we need to deepen our connection to nature, when products like this alienate us even more.
Smart technology makes us stupid. And poor. It is theft in the light of day to spend money like that on herbs!
That being said, if you absolutely can’t grow your own garden and you’re in the Middle East, Click & Grow products are on sale in Abu Dhabi at the Virgin Megastore.