Having your own personal garden is good for your health, the environment, and your wallet. However, traditional home gardens require a lot of time and know-how many of us simply don’t have. Things get even tricker when it comes to the space we have available, since, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas.

But a company called Click & Grow is looking to change that with the Smart Garden 9, a fully automated garden that can help you grow fresh, organic produce year-round with zero effort, no matter where you live.

The Smart Garden 9 is ‘The Keurig Of Plants’

The Smart Garden 9 is designed for simplicity—if you can use a Keurig coffee machine, you can use this. All you have to do is insert a seed pod, fill the tank with water, and let the system take care of everything else.

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The garden itself can grow up to nine plants at one time, but it's compact enough to easily fit on the counter space in most homes and offices. Every Smart Garden 9 comes with three tomato seed pods, three basil seed pods, and three romaine lettuce seed pods to get you started. Click & Grow also has over 50 different pre-seeded plant pods to choose from, and their companion app can teach you everything you need to know about every single one of them.

The Technology

The Smart Garden 9 has a number of features specifically designed to speed up growth and maximize yields, including:

  • Biodome Sprouting: During the initial growing stage, lids cover the seed pods, creating a greenhouse effect for faster sprouting.
  • Grow Lights: The Smart Garden 9 uses professional-grade LED grow lights with enhanced light spectra that spur faster germination. These lights turn on and off automatically to mimic the natural light cycle, making sure your plants get the exact amount and type of light they need.
  • Automatic watering: The Smart Garden 9 has sensors that detect moisture levels and automatically water your plants only when needed. All you have to do is refill the reservoir tank about once a month.
  • Smart Soil: Smart Garden seed pods do not use regular soil. Instead, the pods are filled with a proprietary nano material created by Click & Grow. This material keeps soil pH balanced, automatically releases nutrients in sync with the plant life cycle, and contains tiny oxygen pockets to guarantee plants get ample breathing room and nutrients even when the soil is wet.

The entire Smart Garden 9 system uses just 6.2 kWh of electricity per month, which is a small percentage of the 897 kWh an average American household goes through every month. You'll also use 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture and produce faster growing cycles without pesticides.

Click & Grow is selling the Smart Garden 9 for $200, and you can check it out for yourself here.