This week my daughter and I got our hands on basil-in-a-box from Click and Grow, a company that makes what's been called kits for the botanically challenged.
The Click and Grow pot is a plastic container that looks like a Mac Mini. Inside is a cartridge that contains soil, seeds, and fertilizer plus a water reservoir, a pump and light sensors. All we had to do was add batteries and water and place the box in a spot that gets about six hours of sunlight each day.
This is a houseplant that should be hard to kill. The only thing you have to do is refill the water reservoir about once a month. And there's a flashing light on the pot that signals when water or fresh batteries are needed.
The Click and Grow folks say we should see green sprouts in a couple of weeks. I'll update this report when we see some live growth and again when we have our favorite appetizer: tomato slices with mozzarella, olive oil and fresh basil.
The pots with one cartridge cost about $60 at clickandgrow.com. Replacement cartridges are $20. There are 10 plant options including marigolds, lemon balm, thyme, mini tomatoes, and chili peppers