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Will life on earth continue?

Have you ever wondered how important are plants actually? They are responsible for all of our oxygen we breathe and food we eat. If anything should happen to the plant kingdom, all human life is in danger. So what can we do to protect the plants? It may be assuring to know that we have a backup. A international seed genebank in Svalbard. Also known as .. The "doomsday" vault ..is designed to keep millions of seed samples safe from natural and unnatural disasters: global warming, asteroid strikes, plant diseases, nuclear warfare, and even earthquakes. In fact, the structure absorbed...

Happy birthday Click & Grow!

Just about this time 3 years ago a company called Click & Grow was founded. The founder, Mattias Lepp, had a grand vision - to change the way how plants are grown around the world. As the story of how the idea behind Click & Grow was formed is actually quite peculiar itself, lets take a look back..

Click & Grow smartpot

Ambassador Ardi - someone with a track record of being able to kill a cactus!

As someone with a track record of being able to kill a cactus, I was obviously the perfect choice to test out the Click & Crow’s new smart gardens, although I call them pots. No pun intended. So basically, if those poor plants survive me, the company could sell these pots to… well, pretty much to everyone. You could buy the pot for your daughter and let her imaginary friend take care of it.

 

 

Greetings from the Click & Grow Ambassador Vanessa!

To begin with, let me give you a bit of an introduction…

My name is Vanessa and I am one of the Click & Grow brand ambassadors. I originally come from Estonia (which by the way, makes Click & Grow even more special and close to heart for me!), but I haven’t really lived there for the past 7 years. I’ve spent quite a bit of time living in Italy, Hungary & the US. Working as a consultant for a marketing consultancy means long hours and a lot of travel – typically I go on business trips on a weekly basis.

 

What we learned from the Atlanta Gift fair

 Click & Grow exhibited at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market which took place from July 13 to July 17. The fair was focused on gifts, furniture and home textiles and was located in the AmericasMart trade center which is the largest permanent trade center in the world. The magnitude of the fair was obvious from the beginning as the AmericasMart trade center consists of 4 buildings covering approximately 7 million square feet. Fortunately, our exhibition stood out and therefore we were able to meet our goal of finding new contacts. Overall, we generated about 50 serious contacts...

Click & Grow at Atlanta Gift fair from July 13 to July 17.

 The Click & Grow team, represented by the irresistible Marek and Olaf, will exhibit at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market from July 13 to July 17. The fair which takes place in the AmericasMart trade center is a biannual event and is focused on gifts, furniture and home textiles. It’s promoted as a showcase of the latest trends, shapes, and colors of the upcoming season. And the latest trends factor is of course why we’re there – we can’t let people miss out on the Click & Grow revolution! The promoters expect that approximately half a million...

A look at our edibles - Chili Pepper

Every Tuesday we cover the uses and qualities of our edible Click & Grow plants. This week we’ll look at Chili Pepper!

Click & Grow Chili Pepper

Background

The chili pepper, also known as chile pepper or chilli pepper, is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum. It’s estimated that Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet since at least 7500 BC. Archaeological evidence at sites located in Southwestern-Ecuador suggest that chili peppers were domesticated more than 6000 years ago. Astonishing!

A look at our edibles – Lemon Balm

Every Tuesday we cover the uses and qualities of our edible Click & Grow plants. This week we’ll look at Lemon Balm. 

Click & Grow Lemon Balm


Background

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) originates from Europe and it has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region for around 2000 years. The plant is widely known for its health benefits. For example, it’s known that Charles V, the King of France in the 14th century, drank Lemon Balm tea every day to stay in good health.

A look at our edibles - Thyme

Every Tuesday we cover the uses and qualities of our edible Click & Grow plants. This week we’ll look at Thyme. 

Click & Grow Thyme

Background

Interestingly, there are a number of theories as to the origins of the name thyme. Most agree that its derived from the Greek word thumos or from the Latin fumus which both mean smoke. The association with smoke probably comes from the fact that thyme was used in sacrifices or from the plants fragrant odor, which is often tied with the word fumigate.

What we do know is that thyme originates from the Mediterranean area and in ancient times, thyme was appreciated for its antiseptic properties. For example, Greeks used it as a fumigant while Egyptians made use of its qualities in the embalming process.

A look at our edibles - Basil

Starting from today, every Tuesday we’ll create a blogpost with the uses and qualities of our edible Click & Grow plants. This week we’ll look at the amazing basil. 

Click & Grow basil

Background

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a culinary herb originating from India. In India, basil is considered a holy herb and is planted near the entrances of temples and even sacrificed to gods. Basil is prominently featured in Italian cuisine and also very popular in the Northeast Asia cuisine of Taiwan and the Southeast Asian cuisines of Indonesia and Thailand.

Soon to come

Hey all and a happy starting year. Just wanted to let you know, what we have in store for you for the coming year. At the moment we are sowing and packing 7 new plant cartridges. We hope that they will be ready for order from the beginning of February 2012. Stay tuned! Our selection for this spring will feature: Thyme - great for making tea or spicing up pizzas Coriander - a cosmopolite among spiceplants. Fast growing, tasty and healthy Parsley - a tasty and healthy addition to any kitchen windowsill. Garden sage - a medicinal plant for making...

Plant lamps

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.