Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 review

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We all know how satisfying it is to grow your own food. For lots of us, however, weather, climate and space considerations can make having a garden difficult or impractical. That’s why Click and Grow is such a great idea. I recently received a sample of the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 to test out for this review.

Click and Grow is a small planter box with built in lighting and water where you can grow an astonishing variety of plants, flowers, herbs and vegetables. The Smart Garden 3 planter box holds 3 seed pods and is designed to be self-watering, holding enough water to properly irrigate the seeds for about a month at a time. There’s special LED grow lights that arc overtop, and they come with extensions so you can raise the lights as your plants grow.

You plant the box with special pre-planted soil-and-seed pods that come in handy peel-and-pop-out packages. Fertilizer is already part of the soil so you get healthy plants from the start. There’s no pesticides, plant hormones, or any other harmful substances. You can plant a whole garden with one crop, or mix and match.

The Smart Garden 3 is quite compact, and a good size for a kitchen counter. There’s a bigger version, the Smart Garden 9 which can grow up to 9 pods.

Setting up Smart Garden 3

Getting growing is easy; open up your soil and seed pods (my kit came with three basil capsules) and pop them into the cups and add the small plastic biodomes to create a greenhouse effect. Fill the side opening with enough water to make the small float even with the top of the planter, then plug it in to power up the lights.

It’s worth noting that the lights stay on for 16 hours straight and then turn off for 8 hours. So whenever you plug them in, that’s when your ‘day’ begins. Do this at 5pm and your lights will be on all night. Not that that’s a problem, but if you don’t want that bright light all night, it’s best to plug it in to start the timer in the morning.

Once the plants start growing and reach the inside of the biodomes, you can remove them and save them somewhere safe for your next crop.

Thanks to its energy efficient LED lighting system, the Smart Garden only consumes 6W of power.

App connected Smart Garden 3: not really that smart

Sign up for the app and then use the camera to scan the QR code on your plant capsules or add them manually by searching the plant database.

The app tells you a bit about what to expect from your plant, how long a lifespan it should have, and allows you to set watering reminders, create a photo album or otherwise journal your crop. There’s not really any smart connectivity to speak of; the app isn’t monitoring your crop in real time, and can’t for example tell you if the light is on or off, or offer that kind of remote control or time adjustments. I think that would be a great new feature for the Smart Garden, and hopefully that kind of smarts is in the works for the future.

How soon can you harvest Click and Grow Smart Garden?

It was fun watching my seeds sprout and grow, changing every day, and after just 3-4 weeks, the basil I planted was big enough to begin harvesting. After about three weeks I needed to add one of the extenders for the lights, since my plants were already touching it. I should have acted a little faster to move up the light bar, since when I went to adjust it, the lights were actually burning the delicate leaves a bit; more sunburn, less fire, if you get my drift.

I probably could have started plucking leaves even earlier, but I wanted to give the plants a chance to grow fully this time around.

How much growth is there?

After about a month, I had three strong plants. I’d say at this point, they’re about half to three quarters the size of one of those grocery store clamshells of herbs. By about week six, they were rather large bunches and we couldn’t keep up by eating them!

Overall review of Click and Grow Smart Garden 3

I absolutely love this device. Growing my own fresh herbs was a treat. Plus the fact this garden is so low maintenance makes it so easy. There’s enough water to care for the garden for weeks, and the lighting self timer keeps my plants growing regularly and evenly. Because the lights are placed overhead on a sturdy arm, the plants grow straight and even.

The basil in particular was very sturdy, leafy and vibrantly green. It would be a good idea too to plant your individual pods a week or two apart, to ensure a constant supply.

The taste is really good! It’s bold, vibrant and a bit spicy; not bland like that grocery store clamshell basil you buy. I’m duly impressed!

The Smart Garden 3 sells for about $99USD and comes with a starter pack of 3 basil pods. Additional pods including a wide variety of herbs, lettuces, small fruits and veggies and even flowers are all available from Click and Grow’s website. They sell for $9.99 for a 3-pack of seed and soil pods.

I’m hooked, and will be ordering cilantro next.


  1. Miles DuFine on December 4, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    This system makes no sense. Each seed pods cost over $5.60USD even with a bulk purchase discount. Much more expensive than buying organic veggies at Whole Foods. Why would anyone buy this?

  2. Johan Wahlberg on December 4, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Great video!

  3. Jay Extarys on December 4, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Teeth are so white, had to close my eyes XD

  4. Clinton W Salvato on December 4, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Erin, They have these, which are similar to Bell Peppers:
    They also have: and, for anyone else interested also. The two Chili Pepper selections are regular, and red HOT.

    I have some real gardening experience, I just haven’t done it in a while due to lack of room here. The two Bell pepper plants I mentioned, gave me over 20 peppers before dying at the end of the season, so was able to also give quite a few to neighbors and friends. Hope you, and others find these links helpful! Have a great evening 🙂

  5. Darren D on December 4, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Erin, good stuff, i was after one of these a while ago, nice, ps, i swear your getting younger each video 😀👍👌

  6. Aniq Mat Aris on December 4, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    i love to do gardening since i was 3 or 4 years old. but nowadays, i cant continue my passion anymore because it needs work and im so busy 🙁

  7. Farah Shavira on December 4, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Hi! Loved your review! I’m considering gifting this for Christmas. Have your plants had mold on the soil? If so, could you share how to deal with that? Thanks!

  8. Bobber on December 4, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you so much! I just bought one and I’m really looking forward to this. Cheers!

  9. Mai 0808 on December 4, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Does this have all of the light spectrum?

  10. Wolfberry Sunshine on December 4, 2020 at 9:22 pm


  11. you’llneverknow🤷‍♀️ on December 4, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Can you mix and match the plants/flowers so they grow together?

  12. fasial king on December 4, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Can we use our own soil to grow plants? Instead of buying it

  13. PRAYIN' ALBERTAN on December 4, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I’ve got some white filmy stuff, growing on some of my pods?? I just got it…and even cleaned it already..why is there this white gross stuff on my pods?

  14. Microchannel on December 4, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Stellar review, it is informative and detailed. How’s the Smart Garden 3 at this point in time? Is it holding up or is it just hype? Considering getting one, I like the concept and the design but want make sure I am acquiring a quality product that would last and not get something that would end up in the recycling bin.

  15. Jacqui Gittens on December 4, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for the video. You should eat home for harvesting basil. It hurt my heart a little to see you pulling the leaves off.

  16. Sion Kumar Kakileti on December 4, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Hai Erin Lawrence. Nice review.

  17. Big Time Gaming on December 4, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    no links?

  18. Joseph Misasi on December 4, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Great video! I agree that the app is disappointing but I disagree with your critique on the products need of smart connectivity. Monitoring in real time would require a camera or possibly a sensor that measures plant height. These additions would significantly increase the cost which I feel would surpass the target cost of the product. Also, there is not a demand for monitoring outdoor gardens so why would there be a demand for monitoring indoor plants? The lights are timed to a specific schedule optimizing plant growth so I don’t understand why there would be a need to adjust the lighting from your phone. As for any other adjustments, I’m curious to know specifically what kind of other adjustments might be necessary.

  19. Richard Landis on December 4, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Hi… when you buy the subsequent 3 packs, are they mix and match, or do you have to get 3 of the same kind. I was hoping to wind up with basil, flat parsley, and cilantro. My biggest complaint so far, and why I haven’t ordered yet, is that they’re out of stock for so many plants. I know I’m asking a lot of questions, but my last one is how long is the shelf life of the pods, before you "activate" them. Thank you.

  20. fatehunter1972 on December 4, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    great to see a two year report. So many reviews have people open a box and turn something on, and that’s it. This is so much better.

  21. vanessa is proud of you on December 4, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Why does my plant have green things

  22. Daniel René Winkler on December 4, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Looks smart. Why more than 10x price from other, regular sized, capillary boxes?

  23. winylz on December 4, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Great review. I was wondering, is it possible to use our own potting soil and seeds after the pods are finished?

  24. Gina Kovachev, Marketing on December 4, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I ordered one that was without the ground and seeds, it sais Smart GardOn Mt 1300. Should find phone number of the company since need help with couple of questions.

  25. Ruven Pinkhasov on December 4, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Do the plants die at some point?

  26. William Whittom on December 4, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    it is actually a piece of junk dont buy this

  27. Faisal Al-Mutawa on December 4, 2020 at 9:47 pm


  28. Leticia S. on December 4, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I really want to buy this for my teenage son. I think he would love this.

  29. Danny Aakjær on December 4, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Shane u use basil wich everyone can makr grow. Try chili or another difficult plant

  30. hasjfa on December 4, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    will it attract bugs?

  31. MaxPower211983 on December 4, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Looking gorgeous again Erin.

  32. kreativekymona on December 4, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you so much. I just saw this item on GMA and wanted to know if I should buy. I’ve wanted to have my own garden for a while but I live in the city. Since it’s on sale, I will get it right now.

  33. Laurens D on December 4, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    I do not have much experience, but isn’t it unhealthy to have water in there for a month? I can imagine it’s a place for bacteria?

  34. Electro on December 4, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Very nice Erin. Like the variety in your contents. Keep em coming!

  35. amongst ourselves on December 4, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    now that weed is legal in canada i wonder if you can grow in one of these. using a auto flowering plant

  36. Ruben Whitter on December 4, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    This is the future

  37. Al Yaqdhan on December 4, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    what if indoors is too warm?

  38. Christopher on December 4, 2020 at 10:01 pm


  39. CuriosityFlow on December 4, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Erin! I am currently contemplating on buying one, be it Click and Grow and/or another one from a different company. Click and Grow’s warranty is only for 1 year for the gadget, 2 years for the lamp and their sprouting warranty if your pods don’t germinate. How much time has your gadget lasted? And have you had to use the warranty? Looking very forward to your response!

  40. Lightchaser on December 4, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Nice review. I love this device, but I am a bit hesitant seeing that it uses so much plastic 🙁 the package the pods come in, the little dome…

  41. Badr on December 4, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Toooooo expensive

  42. Clinton W Salvato on December 4, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    This looks really interesting, and a good solution for someone who wants to grow their own veggies, but doesn’t have a lot of space outside. Would this work for green bell peppers? When I grew them outside when I had space in front of my apartment, before the complex filled the space with their own plants, the pepper plants grew i would say 3 to 4 feet, maybe 5 in a pinch. This looks too short based on the video. Have you had any experience along these lines? Great video.

  43. A Sido on December 4, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    What kind of fruits can you grow in it?

  44. Kevin Morais on December 4, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Just ordered one of these for my kitchen, cant wait to try it. Great review and your spot on about the app, it’s pretty lame

  45. Ryan A on December 4, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for your video. Approximately how many grams of herb can each crop produce in one month using this machine?

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