Can tech help me grow herbs and veg in­doors?

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Claire Davies replies:

Ab­so­lutely, Sam. There are some won­der­ful high-tech in­door herb and veg­etable gar­dens to help you grow your own.

Click & Grow’s Smart Gar­den 3 ($99.95/£76.82, clickand­ is ide­ally sized for grow­ing fresh herbs, flowers and small veg­eta­bles. Via a suite of built-in sen­sors it mon­i­tors wa­ter, light and nu­tri­ent lev­els, and, in part­ner­ship with Click & Grow’s Smart Soil, en­sures your plants get op­ti­mal lev­els of wa­ter, oxy­gen and nu­tri­ents.

The Mir­a­cle-Gro AeroGar­den Har­vest (£79.99, ama­ and Aka­rina 01 Hy­dro­ponic Grow Light (£ 169.99, aka­ are also great for grow­ing small batches of herbs and veg­gies (let­tuce, toma­toes, etc) in­doors. The Aka­rina sys­tem au­to­mat­i­cally op­er­ates on a 16 hours of light, eight hours of dark. All you do is top up the wa­ter and fer­tiliser, then har­vest ev­ery four weeks.

Want some­thing big­ger? Try the NIWA Stan­dard hy­dro­ponic sys­tem, ($375/£288.22, get­, with a larger cab­i­net for grow­ing pep­pers, toma­toes, straw­ber­ries and beans.

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