Can an Indoor Smart Garden Beat Outdoor Gardening? We Tested It | WSJ

Can an Indoor Smart Garden Beat Outdoor Gardening? We Tested It | WSJ

Can smart gardens really grow delicious vegetables inside your apartment? WSJ asked Timothy Hammond, an urban gardener and educator in Houston, to test out Rise Gardens hydroponic smart garden to see how the vegetables compare with his own outdoor garden. Photo: Ben Hallock for The Wall Street Journal

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50 Comments

  1. Brad Miller on October 2, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Not worth it, build your own and you can customize it to whatever you want to grow, herbs, cacti, flowers, etc.

  2. santy33143 on October 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    The future

  3. VRtechman on October 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    So many design mistakes here, Know there are better kit system out there!

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  5. Robert Kattner on October 2, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Good usefully grow lights cost a thousand dollars and up,up.

  6. ittotaq on October 2, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    What’s dumb is those grow pods for the hydroponics will cost more than you going to the supermarket and buying it yourself. Wish it wasn’t that way.

  7. J0nrages on October 2, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Ask him how to defeat the Squash Vine Borer, I just got decimated

  8. LEO BECCA on October 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Love this! Very insightful!

  9. David Pak on October 2, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    No

  10. NPC007 on October 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    This is so stupid, you can easily make one yourself, and as for the grow lights it cost pennys to run, LED lights barely use any wattage and the water pump is nothing as well.

  11. Will M on October 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Nice review! – LOVE that people seem to be getting more and more into growing their own food!

  12. Mescheryakov Robert on October 2, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    every pound is a seedling, invest your
    seedling to creat a tree,re-invest your
    seedling to creat a forest. to become
    rich you must value savings more than
    spending

  13. Prasanna Kumar on October 2, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Always been skeptical about hydroponics, how do they make sure the water has all the nutrients. They could be missing some micro nutrients.

  14. Dingfelder Smurfalot on October 2, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Wow that was weak. 25 days isn’t nearly enough. Maybe the outdoor plants started slower but would have out-produced the indoor ones? Very likely with many sun-loving plants. Then again, you’re unlikely to get much in the way of pests inside since you’re not using soil. This was just so incomplete.

  15. No One on October 2, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Ask any cannabis farmer, outdoor can’t even compete with indoor. There is no competition when your’e able to completely control the environment.

  16. vangelis sotiropoulos on October 2, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Mmm, now that’s a 700$ leafy green salad…

  17. Jennifer Sun on October 2, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Just grow it lol

  18. ibex33 on October 2, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    What a useless contraption

  19. Tammy Leung on October 2, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    i garden because i want to be outside and move a bit.

  20. Kasyfil Syahmi on October 2, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    i love it

  21. jcrowley1985 on October 2, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    For that price, at least grow weed in it

  22. Robert Jackson on October 2, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    My question is what is in the ‘so called nutrients’ that your adding that they supply. My purpose of gardening period is to be as organic with what goes into my veggies as possible. I would not want some lab fast grow chemicals in my food supply. Do they disclose on the bottles exactly whats in them?

  23. Matthew Ng on October 2, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    $1000 to grow some vegetables lol

  24. The Time Travellers on October 2, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I wonder if you can use this for succulents! That’d be awesome… But I’d rather use it to grow some flowers. Gonna talk to my dad to see if I can get one for x mas.. as well as a "Yesteday, Today and Tomorrow" tree.

  25. HumNYC on October 2, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    What about the taste? Although they grew at different rates, and the varieties are probably different, does an indoor garden with artificial light affect the taste of the final product? Also for size, I’m imagining the smaller versions of the indoor unit aren’t going to provide much once you harvest; in order to always have fresh greens available you’d need the larger unit to sustain constant growth and harvesting. The pods remind me of Keurig — are they sustainable, or bad for the environment?

  26. kofManKan on October 2, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Rip off, but bring on the competition, all will be well.

  27. Two Eye on October 2, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    The thing is, most of the time you would start your seeds indoors until they were strong enough to handle the heat

  28. Koltrasten on October 2, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    What a blatant lie from Rise, there is nothing special about the technology or the materials used that would justify that price.
    You could very easily make a DIY solution for a 10th of the cost

  29. WoeTheKing on October 2, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Can it run off-line

  30. Kent Peterson money talks on October 2, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Would an apple seed grow in this thing?

  31. Brendan Kirk on October 2, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    I have one. I love it

  32. Daniel X on October 2, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    No it can’t. I experimented with hydroponics. Costs too much to build. One led light alone costs $100-200. Sun light is free. Sprinkler system too expensive and maintain. Not worth it.

  33. Jarred Lozano on October 2, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    That reservoir isn’t big enough for big veggies roots

  34. Dr8gos Solo on October 2, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Teacher:I’ll give you some fun homework
    Me: 3:37

  35. heri0n on October 2, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    This is just an ad…

  36. Cune Rater on October 2, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I had the Rise Garden for a little over a year. It’s nice until their water pump failed and there support team won’t admit to replacing it to the latest one, which they have been doing for other customers. Worst experience ever

  37. Victor Popov on October 2, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Didnt even do a test comparison.

  38. xXxSkyViperxXx on October 2, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    that guy was honest. he wasnt just advertising the product that sponsored him

  39. Alexander Gracian on October 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    lol. Rediculously expensive & over-engineered. Suggest using Kratky method, it’s simple, effect, cheap and virtually zero maintenance. Just a few plastic containers (from Whole Food market if you want to be a hipster) and a few cheap grow light led’s! Eg https://youtu.be/XDuqJUdjr14

  40. Mr Evans on October 2, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    🧘🏾‍♂️📝

  41. Luizz on October 2, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Wow so smart. Is it fisher price?

  42. curiouse on October 2, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    The price is insulting!

  43. BEAR777 on October 2, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Great review . My opinion gardening as someone more on a budget would be going for a diy version or an aerogarden or a knockoff aerogarden along with growing outside and in soil. This kit is great for people who have more money .

  44. xXxSkyViperxXx on October 2, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    they could grow crops in space or mars or antarctica or the moon using this

  45. Sui Sing Horace Ho on October 2, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    How does the taste compete?

  46. Lazy Hydroponics and stuff on October 2, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    An overpriced Lettuce machine for Karens and hipster morons who dont know you can make the same thing that can not only grow lettuce but peppers etc. For pennys what this cost. There is nothing "Smart" about paying $2,500 for something you can build yourself out of lowes Heavy Duty totes, Aquarium pumps and a decent grow light

  47. Trevor Doge on October 2, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I’m looking into wall mounted hydroponics for my apartment.

    There are good plans on YouTube to build one for yourself!

  48. VRtechman on October 2, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    1. The market for this started with the Arduino Crowd.

    2. Then the more resourceful Aquaponic Growers.

    3. Now we these Kit gardens, the Home Depot isn’t really taking seriously!

    For this to really take off at those prices, it should come with a fish tank at least!

  49. Ved D on October 2, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    You didn’t talk about nutrition which has more minerals and vitamin?

  50. skyak on October 2, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    For over $700 I expect to not need to clean up after plants.

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