Update from our Gardener + new Combo pledge level
Our Kickstarter campaign is going very well, the Smart Herb Garden has more than 6500 backers from all over the world and we're on track to hit the third stretch goal which gets everyone another extra refill, chili pepper. Needless to say, we're excited as well as humbled.
We've told you about the technology and how the Smart Herb Garden works, so perhaps now is a good time to hear what's been going on in our grow room, or plant labs as some call it.
For background: our work starts with picking the right plants to work with. We're looking for compact and long-lasting varieties. After we've picked the plants, we start playing with oxygen and water levels of the growth medium and fine-tune the fertilization program to fit the specific needs of a species.
We usually test 10-20 seed types (or cultivars) for each of our "products", and 4-5 different growth medium recipes. We test germination and growth in several temperatures and measure and weigh the plants as well as analyze their chemical composition at various stages.
Good news: tests have just successfully completed for sugar leaf (Stevia rebaudiana). This plant grows leaves that are up to 300 times sweeter than sugar - perfect for sweetening your morning tea or coffee. It's great for people who want to cut some sugar from their diet, and very good news for people with diabetes. Sugar leaf will be one the refills that will be available the day we start shipping Smart Herb Gardens.
Testing and fine-tuning is still ongoing for rosemary, oregano, mint, tarragon, salad rocket (the same one you'll get as part of stretch goals), strawberry and lettuce. Hopefully we'll finalize tests for at least one more of these before the Kickstarter campaign is over. We've gotten many plant ideas as comments and messages as well (eg. chive, cilantro), please keep them coming!
New pledge level: combo of two different Smart Herb Gardens
Many of you have asked whether it's possible to get more than one smart garden. Kickstarter's guidelines state that teams are not supposed to offer multiple quantities of the same thing. What we can offer is sets of different products, so we've combined two of our most popular product on the new $85 pledge level. If you want to grow more than 3 herbs at a time, you're welcome to upgrade to that level.
Some of you have asked about the warranty. We're offering a 12 month free warranty for the Smart Herb Garden. This doesn't apply to the seeds, however ie. we can't guarantee with a 100% certainty that each plant cartridge will produce a fully grown plant. We will have done our best but that's Mother Nature for you.
It's worth pointing out that the LED light should last for 3-5 years for sure, and potentially up to 10 years. Knowing that, we haven't made the lamps replaceable.
See you at the chili pepper stretch goal level soon!