So, You Don’t Have A Green Thumb – How About A Smart Garden?

Smart Garden

The recent global outbreak has pointed out some key things about modern human beings. One is that we become much too reliant on technology for our food and toilet paper. I don’t plan to address toilet paper, but I will address the need to be more self-sufficient. Many of us live in metropolitan areas. The closest we come to homegrown veggies – is dropping in at the local Fresh Market – to wonder on how in the world do you cook Jackfruit. Long gone are the days of planting those victory gardens of our grand and great-grandparents. Victory gardens that by the end of the world war were supplying up to 90% of the vegetables eaten by U.S. homes.



Yes, I admit at one time I was a plant murder. Any plant that I bought was surely sentenced t eventual death. It didn’t matter what I tried they would all die until I finally discovered the indoor smart garden.


Are you stuck in a poorly lit home or apartment while fantasizing about lush lettuce, red tomatoes, and fragment herbs? Indoor smart gardens can help you to finally discover that Green Thumb that you have always wanted. Smart gardens provide everything that is needed, lights, watering and feeding reminders. As foolproof as it can get. No longer are you limited by space – these compact tabletop systems are a marvel. Here are three great units that can get you headed on your way to a little more self-sufficiency and confidence in growing your own.

AeroGarden Sprout LED

  • Includes Gourmet Herb Seed kit (3-pod) – Genovese basil, curly parsley, and dill & a 3oz bottle of our patented, all-natural plant nutrients (enoughAeroGarden Sprout for a full season of growth). Other kits are available which includes lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Plant to Plate – up to 3 plants can be grown at a time, up to 10″ tall, plants grow in water, not soil; an advanced indoor garden made simple
  • Easy to Use – control panel tells you when to add water, reminds you when to add plant food (included), automatically turns lights on and off for your hydroponics growing system
  • Led Grow Lights – high-performance, full-spectrum 10-watt led high efficiency grow lighting system in your herb garden is tuned to the specific needs of plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests
  • In-home Garden System – grow fresh herbs & veggies all year round in this indoor herb garden; always fresh, always local, always in season
  • Comes in the colors of red, white, and black




  • Grow Fresh Herbs and Vegetables Indoors: energy-efficient LED grow lights ensure your plants thrive no matter the weather.Click and Grow
  • Get Started Right Away: Just drop in the included plant pods, fill the water reservoir, and plug the self-watering planter in – your herb garden starter kit is good to go.
  • Explore New Plants: Choose from over 50 pre-seeded plant pods for your herb garden like cilantro, basil, lavender, wild strawberries, thyme, and even chili peppers.
  • Grow Anything and Everything: Try the seedless plant pods and give your indoor garden kit the power to grow whatever you like. No green thumb needed!
  • Your Own Plant Nursery: Transplant your herbs and veggies once grown to your favorite wall, hanging or window planter indoor or outdoor,


  • Includes Gourmet Herb Seed Kit (6 pod) – Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint & a 3oz bottle of our patented, all-naturalAeroGraden Harvest plant nutrients (enough for a full season of growth)
  • Plant to Plate – up to 6 plants grow at a time, up to 12 inches tall with this indoor garden; grows in water no soil, no mess, made simple.
  • Easy to use – control panel tells you when to add water, reminds you when to add plant food (included), automatically turns lights on and off for your hydroponics growing system. Do not allow water to contact hot led grow lights
  • Led Grow Lights – high performance, full spectrum 20-watt led high efficiency grow lighting system in your herb garden is tuned to the specific needs of plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests.
  • In-home Garden System – grow fresh herbs & veggies all year round in this indoor herb garden. Always fresh, always local, always in season.
  • Check out my full review on the AeroGarden Harvest Elite.


No matter which of these you choose – they help you to rediscover that green thumb and help you on your journey to becoming a little more self-reliant. Looking forward to your comments and questions. Yes, you can hydro grow.



  1. I love this stuff! But fortunately – for me – I moved out of my tiny apartment in the city years ago. One problem we are experiencing with our outdoor vegetable raised bed is keeping the bugs off. Is this not a problem with indoor hydroponics?

    • Since you are indoors, it is harder for the bugs to find the plants. Needless to say, if you do discover bugs indoors on your plants you have a way bigger problem. Like outdoor gardens, there are some natural organic treatments you can use. One consideration is timing, I plant Kale early in my outdoor hydroponic system when the weather is cooler and harvest before the caterpillars get going. I was a little late last year and the little critters nearly eat the entire crop in one night. After the harvest, I plant other varieties of plants. For example, spinach really likes warmer weather and seems to be more resistant to bugs in our are.

  2. This is a great idea for growing food indoors. I have never heard of SMART GARDEN until I read you very informative article. Thank you for sharing this valuable information with the world.

    • They are great – for example, my AeroGarden Harvest elite reminds me of when to add nutrients and when the water is low. Thanks for dropping by, if you have any other questions let me know.

  3. Thanks for the great tips we all do need to be self efficient in these times.I am very interested in starting my own smart garden and you have gave me some good ideas.

  4. Hi, thank you so much for your detailed information about indoor smart gardens! The device looks so cool, I believe it will help a “black” thumb like me to become a green thumb!

    • Black, blue, green, purple, all types of thumbs can be helped. My Harvest Elite lets me know when to add water and nutrients. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

  5. Hi Steve,  I went shopping yesterday.  The shelves were bare things like vegetables, meat and bread were all gone.  Down the road, I thought about this myself.  How are people going to survive without the means to grow their own food?  So i was thinking about growing in gardens or allotments but this is a great idea I think.  The whole smart part does put me off a bit – i really find it, scary people, over-relying on technology and I wonder what the WiFi does to the plants.  Regardless though great post.  You make some very good points here.

    • The smart gardens are for those who don’t want the worry about when to they have to water and feed their plants.  The systems let them know by blinking lights.  These particular units do not use WiFi.  If your interested in growing herbs and lettuce indoors the tried and true   Mason Jar hydroponics works really great and it can be year-round check out my post on Mason Jar Hydroponics. Thanks for dropping by if you have any questions let me know….

  6. Thanks for the information. This has been on my mind a bit lately as groceries were a bit hard to get at times over the last week in my area. Peace of mind is a valuable thing. Do you have any recommendations for growing vegetables indoors? I am in the mountains of western PA and we have a very short growing season. I have grown zucchini and other squashes outside but these outbreaks are a winter thing usually so some way of doing this in my basement would be a great way to increase our food security.

    • It depends on how much you want to get into Hydroponics – you can grow a variety of plants.  This includes tomatoes, spinach, beans and etc.   You are only limited by the system yo set up.   I suggest the if you want to try it out – that you either purchase one of these smart units or try the Mason Jar System that I write about in my post.  These can be placed in windows.  Lettuce and herbs are the most common plants grown and frankly, the easiest to start with a Mason Jar system Let me if you have any questions….

    • Definitely no you don’t need to have a green thumb. In this post, I’ve covered some smart ready to go systems. If you like some simple inexpensive DIY ways to get going check out my post: 4 Great Sites on DIY Hydroponic Systems. Please do not hesitate to let me know I can help you explore this wonderful way to grow your own.

  7. The idea of ​​growing vegetables indoors is great and is now very fashionable. your article is also very informative on this subject. Thank you for sharing this valuable information with the world.I wanted to know if it is possible to grow vegetables in an indoor aquarium and if so, what type of vegetable or plant is best. In this case, the vegetables are consumable?

  8. The fact that i have come to learn something tangible from this post is satisfying. The make of your website is nice and the simplicity of the color selection makes it beautiful. the advancement of technology has really helped in the farming sector and i love the aerogarden. thank you for this great post

    • Thank you – glad that I could be of help.  I hope that you consider this great hobby.  I invite you to check out my other posts to see different ways to get started that even include fun DIY projects.

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