You may not have a green thumb, but thanks to technology, you can still grow your own herbs and vegetables.

Whether you’re a novice gardener, a frequent traveler, or simply a forgetful caretaker, investing in a smart planter can help your home garden flourish. The following options range from small, countertop devices to flexible environments that work for both plants and animals—choose what’s best for you, and then reap the rewards.   

1. GROW Duo

Forge a closer connection to the food you eat by growing your own vegetables with the GROW Duo, a sensor-powered, learning garden that connects to your phone.

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Just hook it up to your water and sync it to your phone to get started. Based on your location and season, the system (which also comes with starter seeds) recommends plants for your home—and as a bonus for new gardeners, GROW duo will suggest new plants after your first harvest. 

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The system monitors factors like the microclimate of your yard and planter conditions, so you stay up-to-date while learning how to garden. You can pre-order now for $199.


What’s in the box: GROW Duo Smart Planter Hose connector + water tube Bag of organic potting soil 2 AA batteries 2 watering heads 2 starter GROW Kits: Salad Mix and Herb Mix

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Because they take up such little space, herb gardens are a great choice for people who live in urban environments—and because they’re relatively simple to take care of, they’re perfect for novice gardeners. 

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Make it even easier on yourself with the Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden, offered at $99.95. You’ll receive complimentary, NASA-inspired Smart Soil that helps configure water, oxygen, and nutrients, and you’ll be able to track your plant’s growth online so that you know exactly when to harvest.

Click & Grow Smart Garden 3

The Smart Garden 3 takes care of your plants automatically by making sure they have enough water, light and nutrients at all times. Our NASA inspired Smart Soil makes sure your plants get the optimal configuration of water, oxygen, and nutrients, while special LED grow lights provide them with the energy they need to thrive. No pesticides, plant hormones, or any other harmful substances are used. With a modular lamp arm, updated LED’s and a sleek design, this is the ultimate self-growing garden. Comes with 3 complimentary basil plant capsules so you can start growing right away! Photo courtesy of Click & Grow

3. Planty

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Ideal for helping you maintain plants at home, the office, or the cafe, Planty is a smart planter that’s equipped with a remote watering tank and special sensors that feed you information about soil humidity, temperature, and light intensity.

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The app even includes a social element, so you can invite friends to help you “raise” your greens. Planty retails for $129.


Plants are no different from humans. They breathe, they drink and they require nutrition. However, they can’t communicate and tell us what they need, so many dry to a silent death. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could hear what your plants are desperately trying to tell you? Meet PLANTY, the Internet-connected SMART POT that gives your plants the unprecedented ability to communicate their needs to you. Planty connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi and monitors your plants’ soil, temperature, light and water levels. All this data is delivered directly you to via the Planty app on your smartphone so you can react appropriately.

 4. Root

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Billing itself as a hydroponic garden system that grows up to 12 plants in just one square foot of space, the Root Smart Indoor Indoor Gardening System is a tall stand that’s sleek, modern, and functional. By watering and aerating plants directly at the roots, the system uses less water per cycle compared to other indoor gardens. Full-spectrum, energy-efficient LED lights mimic natural sunlight without running up the energy bill. A heftier investment at $699, the intelligent planter syncs to a mobile app to remind you when to add water or Root’s All-In-One Plant Food.

ROOT Indoor Garden System

Root is the first smart hydroponic, in home garden system that helps you effortlessly grow and maintain fresh organic herbs, produce, and flowers of your own. The ROOT indoor garden system and mobile app is easy to setup. It’s 30 inches tall and fits neatly on any countertop or room. Get notifications on the health and status of your plants and reminders when it’s time to add water and plant food. You can grow 12 plants in 1 sq/ft of space. What’s included? 1 Indoor Garden with Premium LED lighting and watering system 12 ROOT Earth-friendly Plant Pods 1 4 oz. ROOT All-In-One Plant Food 1 Gourmet Seed Pack Power Cord

5. BioPod 

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A versatile, smart microhabitat, BioPod allows you to grow anything from a mini rainforest for your pet frog to a vegetable garden for your kitchen. When you get started, select the environment you’d like to create through the BioPod App, and the system will take care of everything else—including misting, aerating, lighting, heating, and humidity. Sensors continually monitor and optimize the environment, and an HD camera allows you to keep tabs when you’re away.

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BioPod is only available through nearby retailers, and prices average between $550 and $600.


When it comes to making a home for your pet or plants, whether it is setting up your own terrarium, aquarium, or paludarium, a big barrier to access is the process of assembly. One route is to watch this video three or four times and try to follow along to make your own vivarium. Or you can read your way through it and follow these instructions as supplied by Reptile 1. Choose an enclosure. 2. Build the lighting. 3. Put in a background. 4. Establish the plumbing. 5. Layer on the substrate. Sub-component: according to you can create your own substrate: by using: 2 parts coconut husk fiber, 1 part coconut husk chunks, 1 part milled sphagnum moss) 6. Decorate the enclosure. 7. Add some Chlorophyll 8. Live and let grow. 9 After proper growth introduce amphibians. Starting to feel like a lot? Fear not, there is an easier way. Whether you are looking to care for your dart frogs, poisonous frogs, small tree frogs, small to medium sized reptiles (geckos, chameleons), small to medium sized fruiting plants, vegetables, aquatic animals (turtles, fish), and or medium to large sized reptiles (snakes), Biopod can do the tough stuff for you.


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