I Tried Click and Grow Smart Garden for a Year and Here’s What Happened

Over the years I’ve come to accept that I don’t have a green thumb.  

No matter how often I try, my plants always seem to wither and die within a few weeks to the point that I’ve nearly given up on trying to keep any plants.

A few years ago I got ambitious and tried to do a herb garden on my patio and that lasted about a week before all the plants died.

When I started getting ads for the new Click and Grow Smart Garden I was intrigued. It looked simple enough to use and promised that even people like me could grow a garden.

So I was really excited for my birthday when I got my own Click and Grow Smart Garden!

I’ve been using the Click and Grow for about a year now and in this post I’ll share with you my experience with it and if it actually works.

basil growing in the click and grow

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What is Click and Grow?

Click and Grow is a self-contained indoor garden that grows plants and herbs with minimal work.

There’s a few different models that are as small as a little countertop planter all the way to a huge free standing garden.

I have the small 3 pod version so that’s what I’ll be reviewing in this post.

The Smart Garden is a self contained system that has a water reservoir and an attached light (there’s also an adaptor to make the light get bigger as the plants grow).

 The garden comes with 3 pods that you can choose from a variety of different plants.

Once you’ve chosen your plants and put them into the pods, you just add water to the reservoir and plug in the garden. It’s that simple!

There’s even an indicator on the water reservoir to let you know how much water to add in and if the plants need more.

click and grow smart garden out of the box

My Experience

When I first got my Smart Garden I kept it simple and stuck to a few herbs – basil, cilantro and peppermint.

The basil was the first to sprout and I have to say I was so excited to see it!

The garden was actually working! I had done no work besides the initial set up so it showed me that the garden actually did work!

I also downloaded the free app on my phone to keep track of my plant progress. There really isn’t anything interactive between the app and the Smart Garden, but it is a good way to track what you’re growing as well as plant age.

The app will also tell you the life cycle of the plant so you’ll have an idea when you should start to see it sprout.

Depending on what you’re growing it can take anywhere from 5-14 days for a plant to sprout. 

inside the click and grow cup

I ended up getting a decent amount of herbs with the first batch I did!  I was really pleased with how the Smart Garden worked and it definitely gave me the confidence to try different plants.

So for my next plant I decided to be ambitious and grow strawberries.

The Strawberry Experiment

Now that I was basically a garden expert, I decided to try out strawberries for the next batch.

I planted the strawberry pods and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

I knew this was one of the longer plants to sprout  but after a week and a half I started to get impatient.

Finally at about 2 weeks they started to sprout and a few days after that little mini strawberries started to form.

Unfortunately, they never got much bigger than that.  I’m not sure if it was because I didn’t have the Smart Garden for them (I have the smallest one) or if it was just a fluke but my strawberries were unfortunately a flop.

After giving them a try for a month I decided to ditch the pods and stick to what worked best for me: herbs. 

I’ve been using my Smart Garden for over a year now and absolutely love it. It’s been really nice to have fresh herbs for cooking that are always available! 

Is It Worth It?

Is the Click and Grow Smart Garden worth it?

I would say yes! Besides my strawberries, everything has come out perfectly with minimal work.

I also am impressed that it stays really clean and I haven’t had any issues with bugs or mold or anything else you typically find when growing herbs.

The Click and Grow has been a really great addition to my kitchen and I like that it doesn’t take up too much counter space. 

click and grow on a counter

I also love being able to have fresh herbs for salads and my everyday cooking.

I’m hoping to eventually get the bigger version so I’ll be able to start growing vegetables, salad greens, peppers (chili peppers would also be fun to grow!), mini tomatoes, and possibly try the strawberries again! 

Something else that has been fun has been the social aspect of Click and Grow.

Whenever I get something I like to connect with other users and their free Facebook group does exactly that.

When I have a question or want to make sure my herbs are growing right, I can pop into that group and my questions are answered really quickly (there’s over 15,000 members in the group at the time I’m writing this!).

How Long Do The Plants Last?

I’ve found that once the plants generally last a week or two after they’ve been harvested.

I generally throw away the pods once they’re done and then use a fresh one for my next harvest.

How to Refill Click and Grow Smart Garden

Refilling the water tank is super easy to do. All you need to do is pour a little water into the side and the buoy will raise up.

Once it’s level with the Smart Garden then you know you have enough water in there.

The water tank holds quite a bit of water so I’ve found I’ve only had to add water every week or two. I just keep an eye on the floating indicator and anytime it looks like it’s getting low I’ll add in a little more water. 

click and grow smart garden out of the box
You can see here the indicator is all the way at the bottom, which means I need to fill it up. Once it’s level with the rest of the smart garden then it’s ready to go!

Best Seed Pods

Since I have the smaller Smart Garden, I’ve found the best things to grow are herbs.

Some of my favorite pods to grow are: thyme, chives, parsley, dill, basil, rosemary, dwarf basil, and cilantro. 

close up of click and grow pods sprouting

If you have the larger set, I’ve heard really great things about growing kale, green lettuce and romaine lettuce.

How cool would it be to be able to grow your own salad at home!? I’m hoping for my next birthday to get the larger wall Smart Garden so I can do it myself! 

Where to Buy

The Click and Grow Smart Gardens and 3 pack pods can be purchased through their site here, on Amazon and at retailers like Nordstrom.

Final Thoughts

The Click and Grow Smart Garden is a great way to get into herb gardening with minimal work. It’s really easy to use with the plant pods, and it takes up barely any kitchen counter space.

Plus it’s been rewarding to be able to grow my own food! It’s nice knowing that the food is clean and doesn’t have any harmful substances or pesticides since I’m growing it all myself.

If you’ve been thinking of starting your own garden, I highly recommend checking out Click and Grow’s Smart Garden.


  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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