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Growing your own organic herbs, vegetables, and fruits is a great way to eat healthier and, at the same time, do something good for the environment. Unfortunately, a lot of people assume they can’t grow a garden because they don’t have enough space, time, or know-how. But that’s not actually the case. Or at least, it’s not any more. Thanks to an amazing high tech gadget called the Click & Grow Smart Gardens, these days anyone can grow their own organic produce with the touch of a button, no matter where they live.

Fully Automated Gardening? Yes Please

What exactly is the Smart Garden? Click & Grow calls it the Keurig of plants. And that’s actually a pretty great description.

The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a fully automated gardening system that lets anybody grow herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers year round, in any environment, with absolutely no effort or horticultural knowledge. Like a Keurig coffee maker, all you have to do is insert a pod, fill the tank with water, and press the button. Technology takes care of the rest.

Click & Grow has over 50 different pre-seeded 100-percent biodegradable plant pods to choose from, including tomatoes, peppers, arugula, green leaf lettuce, basil, chives, cilantro, petunias, pansies, lavender, and so much more. You can also buy “blank” smart soil pods and use your own seeds to create your own custom plant pods. The possibilities are almost endless.

You don’t have to know anything about gardening to use the Click & Grow Smart Garden. However, if you’d like to learn, the Click & Grow companion app can make you a plant expert. Simply check in with the app daily and it will explain exactly what’s happening during each stage of the growing cycle.

How Does It Work?

The Click & Grow Smart Garden uses advanced horticultural technology specifically designed to speed up growth and maximize yields. This technology includes:

  • Biodome Sprouting: lids cover the seed pods during the initial growing phase, creating a greenhouse effect that induces faster sprouting.
  • Grow Lights: professional grade LED grow lights with enhanced light spectra bring about faster germination. These lights turn on and off automatically to mimic the natural light cycle, making sure plants get the exact amount and type of light they need to thrive.
  • Automatic watering: sensors detect moisture levels and automatically water your plants when needed, with each reservoir tank refill lasting about one month.
  • Smart Soil: instead of regular soil, Smart Garden seed pods use a proprietary nano material created by Click & Grow. This material keeps soil pH balanced, automatically releases nutrients in sync with the plant life cycle, and contains micro oxygen pockets to give plants ample breathing room and nutrients when the smart soil is wet.

All this tech wouldn’t be very appealing if it cost an arm and a leg to run. Luckily, the Click & Grow Smart Garden is incredibly efficient. It uses 95-percent less water than traditional agriculture, while producing faster growing cycles without toxic pesticides or fertilizers. Meanwhile, the Smart Garden’s efficient LED grow lights cost roughly $5 to $15 per year to operate. That’s probably less than you’d spend on gas going back and forth to the nursery to get supplies for a traditional backyard garden.

Of course, not every prospective indoor gardener has the same needs. Some people just want a minimalist countertop unit to grow their favorite herbs. Others want a full-blown indoor farm. That’s why Click & Grow created several different Smart Garden models with variable grow capacities.

Click & Grow Smart Garden 3

As the name suggests, the Smart Garden 3 is capable of growing three plants at a time. Measuring just 12 inches wide and 5 inches deep, with a max height of 19 inches, this model fits almost anywhere. That makes it perfect for anyone with extremely limited space, or who isn’t quite ready for a bigger indoor garden.

At just $99.95, the Smart Garden 3 is the most affordable of Click & Grow’s automated gardening systems. It’s available in four different colors and comes with the companion app as well as a complementary set of three basil plant pods.

Click & Grow Smart Garden 27

For those who live by the motto “go big or go home” there’s the Smart Garden 27. Though, in this case, “big” is a relative term. Consisting of three Smart Garden 9 units plus a stylish pine plant stand, the Smart Garden 27 is capable of growing a whopping 27 plants at a time. However, it barely takes up any room. The entire system has a footprint of 26 inches by 10 inches, and it stands just 47 inches tall. So it’s roughly the size of a small bookcase.

The Smart Garden 27 is certainly a more significant investment than the Smart Garden 3. However, if your household consumes a lot of fresh organic product, it won’t take long for the Smart Garden 27 to start paying for itself. It’s available in three different colors and comes with the companion app as well as a complementary set of nine basil plant pods, nine lettuce plant pods, and nine tomato plant pods.

Good For You AND The Planet

Eating local and organic helps you reduce your carbon footprint and cut back on the amount of harmful chemicals that wind up in our watershed. And that used to be pretty expensive. But thanks to the Click & Grow Smart Garden, we can all grow affordable organic produce right in our own homes with just the touch of a button.

If that sounds good to you, click here to learn more about Click & Grow Smart Gardens, today.

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Commander ’85 is a lackluster hacking simulator that relies heavily on 80s nostalgia in hopes players will overlook the game’s glaring flaws.

The 1980s is a very nostalgic time for the American people and is responsible for influencing a lot of today’s pop culture. The ’80s can also be attributed to the success of plenty of movies and music due to the way it pulls at the heartstrings of even those who didn’t live through the neon decade. Commander ’85 is a sci-fi hacking simulator that attempts to harness the power of ’80s nostalgia but ends up failing to provide an enjoyable or memorable experience.

Commander ’85 borrows the classic ’80s storyline of a group of mischievous kids who accidentally get involved in government affairs while partaking in “normal” kid activities. The main character somehow gets a mysterious new computer called the Commander ’85 which comes complete with Artificial Intelligence and a network hacking device. The game starts with the player pulling a Ferris Bueller by hacking into the school’s computer to make all of his absent days disappear. Up until the gameplay begins, Commander ’85 sets the player up for what seems like is going to be another classic adventure-filled thrill-ride, but as soon as the PC boots up the fun is over.

Related: Metal Gear Solid Review: A Port With Issues

Commander ’85 hits players with a fantastic synthwave soundtrack that wouldn’t feel out of place in an episode of Stranger Things. The game offers the quaint ability to turn the music off and on by interacting with a radio, but the player is going to want to keep it on as its one of the few enjoyable things about Commander ’85. For the entirety of the game, the player is confined to their room with a few objects they can interact with. However, the majority of the player’s time will be spent pulling their hair out while looking at the in-game monitor of a 1980s “supercomputer.”

commander 85 terminal view

As far as hacking simulators go, Commander ’85 hits the nail on the head of how difficult it must have been to hack in the ’80s. The computer is a terminal in which the player has to type a series of commands correctly to get the desired result. In order to learn the commands the player has to be an actual hacker or they need to read and memorize the entire in-game manual. However, the manual doesn’t provide all of the necessary information and assumes the player will figure out how to complete certain tasks. This leads to frustration number one as the game’s very first task can take hours due to the lack of proper explanation.

There are other sequences that take place throughout the game, but the majority of it is either furiously typing the same commands over and over, or waiting for something to happen to progress the storyline. The main character’s mother is also an obstacle as she will take away the computer if she becomes too frustrated with him. She makes the character go to bed, hang out with friends, or do other activities which entail the screen going black and the player re-entering their room after a certain period of time. The main character also has two friends who he communicates with strictly through a walkie-talkie that he sends on errands as the game’s way to keep the player from having to leave their room.

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Beyond boring/frustrating gameplay and a recycled storyline, Commander ’85 has a lot of bugs that need squashing. Countless times through the story the player will have to back out to the game’s menu and reload their last save because the game refused to progress. Things get stuck in the player’s hand which prevents them from performing actions. These roadblocks paired with the struggle of playing Commander ’85’make it very tempting to close out of the game entirely.

Commander ’85 attempts to ride the wave of ’80s nostalgia, but there are far more elements that play into success than the atmosphere. For those who would enjoy taking a crack at a frustratingly difficult hacking simulator backed by a rehashed storyline, Commander ’85 might be for them. But for the average gamer, nostalgia isn’t enough to make Commander ’85 anything more than ok.

Next: Kirby Fighters 2 Review: A Smashing Good Time

Commander ’85 will be available on PC on September 30. Screen Rant was provided a digital Steam code for the purpose of this review.

Our Rating:

1.5 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts)

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Disney’s D23 Expo Delayed to 2022

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Disney’s bienniel event is typically a star-studded affair that offers breaking news about highly-anticipated films and TV shows.

Disney has delayed its biennial D23 Expo to 2022. The company announced the one-year delay on its social media pages on Monday afternoon.

The next D23 Expo was originally scheduled to take place in summer 2021 but will now be held on September 9-11 in 2022. Disney did not specify why the expo had been delayed, but stated that the revised date would coincide with the company’s founding in 1923 and be used to kick off Disney’s 100th anniversary. The event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

Recent D23 Expos have been glitzy, star-studded affairs, as well as significant marketing opportunities for Disney. The 2019 event featured high-profile talents such as Chris Pratt, Dwayne Johnson, Tom Holland, and Emily Blunt, as well as surprise reveals such as an Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ featuring prequel trilogy star Ewan McGregor.

Disney also used last year’s expo to feature titles ranging from “Black Widow” and “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker,” to “Frozen II” and “Ford v Ferrari.” The last D23 Expo was held in August of last year, several months before Disney+ launched and Disney used the expo to unveil a discounted bundle for the streaming service.

D23 Expo 2019 was an especially news-heavy event for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Disney used the event to tease several Disney+ series including “Loki,” “WandaVision, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “What If…?” “Ms. Marvel,” “She-Hulk,” “Moon Knight,” and “Hawkeye,” though additional information on most of those series remains scant.

A handful of the titles teased during the last D23 Expo, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe features “Black Widow” and “The Eternals,” have been repeatedly delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has also impacted Disney in ways beyond film and television production, such as via the closures of its various theme parks and cruise lines.

Though several of Disney’s upcoming titles have been delayed numerous times, the company recently released its live-action “Mulan” feature on Disney+ for $30. “WandaVision,” the streaming service’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe title, is expected to hit the platform in December, while the superhero franchise’s “Helstrom” series will premiere on Hulu on October 16.

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6 Questions Raised With ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Season 2’s New Characters

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9-1-1: Lone Star is losing one of its key cast members ahead of its second season, with Liv Tyler (who played Michelle Blake) exiting due to pandemic-related travel reasons. But there are at least two new characters coming in that are sure to shake things up.

First, Gina Torres has been cast in the series regular role of paramedic captain Tommy Vega, returning to the work force due to the pandemic shutting down her husband’s restaurant. She’ll fill the void left by Tyler’s exit. Also, Lisa Edelstein is going to be recurring as Captain Owen Strand’s (Rob Lowe) ex-wife and T.K.’s (Ronen Rubinstein) mother, Gwyneth, a lawyer from New York.

With the additions of these characters (and Tyler’s departure), we’ve put together a few questions we’re eager to see answered below.

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