Clueless About Gardening? These 5 Smart Planters Can Help

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By Kayla Matthews
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
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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