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  • (playful music)

  • - Why not?

  • - [Narrator] This is Timothy Hammond,

  • a Houston-based gardener who knows his arugula.

  • - I'm an urban gardener and educator

  • and one thing I know is that you'll never find anybody

  • in this world who loves gardening more than I do.

  • - [Narrator] So what better person

  • to help us test this.

  • The Rise Gardens Family Garden.

  • (lively music)

  • As people spent more time at home during the pandemic,

  • demand has surged for activities,

  • like cooking, home improvement and yes, gardening.

  • So that's why we're testing the Rise Gardens Smart Garden.

  • It's an indoor smart garden that uses hydroponics.

  • It allows you to grow up to 12 vegetables

  • and herbs per shelf

  • using a self-watering system and grow lights.

  • - I'm interested to see if this garden,

  • this Rise Garden produces better

  • than some plants that I'm gonna start

  • at the same time outside.

  • - [Narrator] So why did we pick this smart garden?

  • A few reasons.

  • This smart garden is designed for small indoor spaces

  • and claims to grow larger vegetables,

  • not just herbs and leafy greens.

  • It's also adjustable.

  • The modular system lets you add shelves up

  • to three different growing levels.

  • It's Wi-Fi enabled with a connected app

  • so you can control the light,

  • water and nutrient levels

  • and get reminder alerts and updates.

  • - So I've never really thought

  • about bringing my gardening inside.

  • Now, they promised that you will be able

  • to recreate outside harvest inside.

  • - [Narrator] The Rise Garden systems come

  • in three sizes, ranging in price from $549 to $949.

  • There's also a smaller personal garden for $279.

  • The one Timothy is testing is $749 but is it worth it?

  • Timothy has more than four weeks

  • to test out this smart garden

  • and give us his final review.

  • - Here we are

  • and I guess now it's time to start gardening.

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  • - [Narrator] Timothy first assessed the planting process

  • with the garden.

  • - Arugula should sprout in five days they say.

  • Now, some of these seed cups say

  • that these things like the lettuce

  • or the arugula or the basil

  • will take anywhere from five to eight days to sprout.

  • - [Narrator] Then he planted

  • his own seeds outside to compare.

  • - Let's go ahead and pot up some basil,

  • some arugula and some lettuce.

  • So I can tell you,

  • one of the benefits of using that Rise Garden

  • is you don't have to deal with this intense heat,

  • so you're probably able to grow things,

  • a variety of things year round.

  • Now we'll set these in a shaded area

  • and we'll check back in about a week or so

  • to see if these sprouted at the same time

  • as our Rise Garden.

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  • - [Narrator] Next, he gauged how easy the garden

  • is to maintain.

  • - I think the flashing light means it's working.

  • (playful music)

  • Ha, your garden is connected.

  • Look at the lights dimming.

  • It's testing the lights.

  • The fact that it sends me alerts through an app

  • is pretty cool.

  • I mean, it makes it a lot easier

  • to remember things involved with the garden

  • and that's one thing that we really want

  • is to make sure that we are staying on top of it

  • and the app helps you stay on top of the gardening.

  • So today we're gonna do a reservoir change,

  • change the water out in the reservoir

  • because you can check the water level.

  • Now we're down to two.

  • And then we're actually gonna throw in,

  • I'm gonna throw in some of these nutrients here.

  • I'm excited.

  • Check out the arugula taking off.

  • Okay.

  • Onc you put the nutrients in,

  • I think it was about a week and a half in,

  • about 10 days in once I put the nutrients in,

  • then stuff really started taking off.

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  • - [Narrator] Finally, he compared

  • how the same seeds grew outside

  • in comparison to the smart garden.

  • - This is day two with the Rise Garden

  • and I wanted to show you that the seeds

  • that we planted outside have already sprouted.

  • We already have some arugula sprouting.

  • While the Rise Garden has still not sprouted.

  • Nothing beats the sun and Mother Nature.

  • We have some basil sprouting in the nursery up here,

  • which is pretty cool.

  • But let's take a look at the rest of the garden.

  • See, we have basil sprouting here also.

  • That's on the top shelf.

  • - [Narrator] So how did the outdoor seeds

  • ultimately compare?

  • - So as you can see here,

  • the ones that we had outside,

  • they have to deal with the elements.

  • While they were the first to sprout,

  • they quickly stalled and slowed down

  • once that 100-degree weather,

  • that 100-degree Houston weather came into account.

  • - [Narrator] So what's Timothy's final take after 25 days?

  • - So when it comes to this Rise Garden Smart Garden,

  • I'd give it a four out of five.

  • First, I love how well it grows leafy greens.

  • I love how simple it is to use.

  • I love the app keeping up with when I planted

  • and when I need to do water changes and things like that.

  • But a few things that I don't like with the system,

  • first, I don't like that the shelves are not adjustable.

  • Meaning I have to put my taller plants on the bottom

  • and also, they get less light down on the bottom.

  • Second, it's not easy to clean out the reservoir

  • and empty and change the water

  • whenever it's time for water changes.

  • And third thing is the price.

  • At over $700,

  • that's a little too steep for me

  • but I love what this garden is able to do.

  • And I love the fact

  • that you could grow year round with this thing.

  • - [Narrator] A Rise Garden spokesman said the purpose

  • of the shelf height

  • is to keep the structure simple and refined.

  • They're also working on improving the cleaning process.

  • He added, "While the price point is quite high

  • for a hobby like gardening,

  • we really wanted to not cut corners on materials

  • and technology in order to allow people

  • to go from a fun hobby to truly replacing items

  • on their grocery list."

  • - And just like that,

  • you have a nice bowl of salad greens right here.

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