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    Each plant has its “thing”, just like people. We all know that you eat licorice to relieve cough, snack on stevia to substitute sugar and get in better shape, and make a brew of coffee beans to get more energy. But there's also many plants that you don't necessarily have to eat to benefit from their “thing”. It can be enough to just smell them - yes, they're that powerful. Considering that we're craving a Big Mac more than herbs and greens when having a headache, this sounds like pretty good news to us. So to have these great-smelling hacks all in one place, here's a list of 5 herbs that will solve 5 problems you may have. They're dope.

    Mental Health Plants Tips and Tricks

    5 Herbs That Will Fix Your Problems

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    From the beginnings of time, plants were there not only to feed us and make the world more beautiful, but also to deliver messages. We're sure you've read some old tale back when you were a kid about a man who gave a rose to his woman as a symbol of love. Even Shakespeare recognised violet to represent faith in his Hamlet.


    And so we asked ourselves - what if we'd thank the people around us with plants? After all - Thanksgiving is coming up soon! And this time we want to give a gift of meaning and life to our most beloved ones, rather than yet another Christmas sweater.

    Fun Stuff Gardening and plants Tips and Tricks

    17 new ways to give meaningful thanks to someone

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    Internet is a glorious place - one can find anything here. You can learn it all from kissing and finding your TV remote to unlocking your cat's heart to emotion in no time. While a tutorial on how to make up a joke fast is no surprise to us (we all have at least one moment we could have used this), a promise on changing your cat's attitude from “I don't give a shit” to “You're the best human slave” sounds almost unbelievable. But there is, in fact, a very simple way - Catnip cookies (originally called “Kitty Kisses”). Here's what you do:

    Foodie Plants Recipes

    Catnip Cookies - Unlock Your Cat's Heart

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    Basil is by far the most popular herb being grown in the Smart Herb Garden. And for a reason! It's looks sexy, it smells delicious and it's incredibly versatile. The heck, you can even make beer out of it! And as all good things, we want it to last longer, produce more and keep looking handsome. The key is in pruning. How to prune basil? We're glad you asked.

    Gardening and plants Plants Tips and Tricks

    How To Prune Basil

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    On social media and from your emails, we've noticed that you get quite attached to the plants you grow in your Click & Grow. And for a reason! We do understand though that as much as you want to try out new plants, it is sad to see the "old" ones go. So before you send that sexy Smart Herb Garden mini tomato off to a better place, check out this little trick we have in our pocket - plant cloning in water. 

    Gardening and plants Tips and Tricks

    Click & Clone your perfect-looking basil in 4 easy steps

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    Ever wondered why your Tomato, Strawberry or Chilli Pepper has so little fruits? The answer is simple - they just need some funny business in their life, too. Some so-called "arrangements" or "romantic hangouts with other plants". Basically, your plants simply need to go out on a date, to give you more of those juicy tomatoes and other goodies. And as weird as it sounds, you need to help them... doing it the plant way. Or actually, the bee way.

     

    Gardening and plants Tips and Tricks

    Your Click & Grow plants are doing it too

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    Here at the Northern hemisphere we are getting ready for winter. Our supporters from Down-Under can skip this section for now.

    Basic knowledge is that plants need 3 things to thrive - water, minerals and sunlight. Click & Grow takes care of the first two, so taking care of the light part is the plant owners liability.

    Gardening and plants Tips and Tricks

    Taking care of plants during winter

  • Winter has arrived unexpectedly, as usual. In most places around the world it means that plants need much more care than normally. During winter, the most complicated issue for plants is lack of light.

    What’s interesting is that people understand the necessity of light differently. A lot of our customers from Brazil complain that they don't have enough light there while customers from Norway confirm they have more light than necessary to grow their plants. We should bear in mind that plants feel light in their own way, not the way we do. How could we know, whether our plant has light enough for sprouting and growing? 

    Here are some pictures of our customers’ plants and you can clearly see that the plants bend towards the light, desperately searching for it, stretching and suffering from the light stress: 



    Gardening and plants Tips and Tricks

    Light, light, light!

  • Plants & Light

    Hey all! I've had a lot of questions lately about suitable plant lamps. So here is a tiny commented list with suitable products. If you are interested - check them out!

    1. Plant LEDs - Check here. Blue and red leds are the most energy efficient plant lighting technology. A bit expensive though. Additional lighting with leds will produce heavy crops fast, but the purple light might not suit with all interiors.

    2. Energy saving bulbs - Like this one. Almost every energy saving bulb will do! Best are the ones emitting "cool white" spectrum. You can find them in every hardware store and they fit almost all lamp sockets. A great and budget friendly technology, which will speed up plant growing.

    Indoor gardens Tips and Tricks

    Plant lamps

  • Lately I have had lots of questions about how to increase yields and get the most out of a Click & Grow flower pot. As watering and fertilizing are taken care of (we have spent years on the "really best" programs), the most impressive effect can be achieved with hardcore lighting.

    So what is the meanest lighting technology out there? I will put here a comparison table with luxes (light power in lumens per square-metre). Take a note, that the more light a plant will get, the faster it will grow. It is almost impossible to have too much light. For example commercial busy lizzy growers recommend at least 15 000 lux for 8 hrs a day. But this is hardcore.

    Indoor gardens Tips and Tricks

    How to get the maximum out of your Click & Grow?