If you don’t have a yard, this smart device is the next best thing to a garden

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If you’re feeling the itch to invest in new houseplants or put your green thumb to good use, you’re not alone. Since March 1, Google Trends reported a sharp increase in search for the keyword “gardening.” And now the term “quarantine gardening” is becoming even more of a movement (with its own Instagram hashtag, of course) that we never could have predicted.

But if you don’t have access or the space to cultivate your own backyard garden (oh how I can only dream!), there are some super cool alternatives that are just as good as the traditional backyard herb or vegetable garden.

From the comfort of your own home, you can grow more than 50 different plant and flower varieties, including red pansy, salad greens, chili peppers, basil, oregano, tomatoes, kale and more thanks to Click and Grow’s indoor smart gardens that use LED lighting and an automated watering system to help foster small but healthy plants. And the best part? It requires little effort from you.

The Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 is equipped with an adjustable LED lamp that gives the plants an enhanced light spectra, which is made to promote growth. And because the lamp’s height is adjustable, your plants can grow as tall as they want, and you don’t have to remove them after a certain height.

Shop: Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, $99.95

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The plants come in the form of pods, which are all biodegradable and are free of any pesticides and other harmful chemicals. No matter the season, you can enjoy home-grown food all year long and finally live-out your gardening dreams.

Not only do the plants come in easy-to-use pods, they’re actually embedded into “smart soil,” which is inspired by NASA technology to help perfect a thriving environment for the plants. This smart soil releases nutrients in sync with the plant’s life cycle, balances the soil’s pH and allows ample breathing room with tiny oxygen pockets.

And if you’re not great about remembering when to water your plants, the Click and Grow garden has a tank capacity of 40 ounces, which means it’ll hold enough water for up to three weeks.

While Click and Grow’s Smart Garden 3 is the cheapest and smallest (it would work best for small spaces), the company also offers two other models (another tabletop option and one free-standing, three-tiered model) that you can shop below.

Maybe it’s the joy of watching something grow while having more time at home, or the satisfaction of being able to eat something you actually grew yourself, but whatever your reason may be, this device is worth the investment if you’ve been searching for your own mini garden.

Shop: Click and Grow Smart Garden 9, $199.95

Credit: Click and Grow

Shop: Click and Grow Smart Garden 27, $599.95

Credit: Click and Grow

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