The simplest way to start an indoor garden is to begin in the kitchen and grow things you’ll actually be able to use. How motivating would it be to grow the cilantro you’ll use in your famous enchilada’s or the basil you’ll eat with your mozzarella cheese. Start with a small herb garden where you can use the ingredients, and be motivated and excited about the progress of your indoor herb garden. Herb growing kits are also fun, turning gardening into a little science experiment, allowing you to control many aspects of the process.
There are many types of herb growing kits, and a ton of choices. Below I’ll list my favorites, from the most expensive to the least expensive. You’ll also want to decide what kind of kit you’ll want to use; do you want one with its own growing light? Do you want a kit with just seeds and pots? Figure out what works best for you.
If you have a kitchen with no windows or light, it will be best to buy a kit with a grow light.
The Cadillac of indoor herb kits, the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden is kind of amazing. One of the biggest of the AeroGrow line of herb kits, what’s great about this beautiful setup is its size, which means a bigger yield, as well as your ability to control every last bit of the kit. An easy to use control panel allows you to create the best conditions for the plants, offers gardening tips(!!!) as well as remind you when to water them. If you suck at taking care of plants, this is the way to go. The machine REMINDS you when to water, how much light the plants need and tips to make your life easier. They also add in fertilizer, as well as provide organic, non- GMO seeds to get you started.
This is also a Hydroponic system, so no soil is involved. Yay for clean fingernails!
I’ve also noticed that the plants grow very quickly underneath this LED light system, with only a couple months the plants start coming in strong and robust.
Another soil-free hydroponic system, the AeroGarden 6 is another great option. Like the option above, the AeroGarden 6 has a control panel allowing you to turn on the lights on and off automatically as well as remind you when to water your precious little green gems.
Another system with LED lights, your plants will grow very quickly. Something cool I read on the description of this garden set was the difference in the light spectrum where daylight white LEDs are used for fast growth, blue LEDs result in bigger yields, and red LEDs allow for more flowers and fruit. Pretty cool! I personally love the Miracle-Gro products, as they are easy to use and honestly, fun to watch. These systems get the job done and you don’t have to worry about living in the middle of Antarctica or in the tropical rainforest—your plants will grow.
Cheaper than the Miracle-Gro sets, the Click and Grow Indoor herb garden is a sleek looking option for your kitchen. The kit provides everything you need to grow a herb garden, and within 1-2 weeks you’ll start seeing your sprouts come to life and will enjoy your herbs for the next 2-3 months before re-starting the process. Easy to use, all you have to do is install the cartridges and add a little water, wait, and done!! You’ll have your yield in a few weeks! What’s great about this herb garden is it hardly uses an electricity, so you won’t be wasting any money or power for your plants.
Also, what’s great about this product, was it was started by a man who decided to find a way to grow plants without using excessive resources. What started as a Kickstarter, now is selling on Amazon and creating a revolution when it comes to gardening.
If you’re looking to go real simple, why not get an attractive reclaimed wood herb set? No LED lights, no crazy technology, just as nature and reclaimed wood intended. Because you don’t have the help of the LED lights, you will need to find a space that has natural light, just like in the good old days of gardening. Get out of your spaceship and find some real light!
This complete kit will provide seeds (basil, dill, oregano, cilantro, thyme, parsley) as well as compressed soil disks (fun!). The planter looks like your lumberjack friend just built it for you out of a redwood forest (beautiful) and will fit into any home decor. The planter looks great, sleek and stylish, fitting into any Pottery Barn catalog, and will also impress your friends and family when they ask how you built such a magnificent device.
“I finally signed up for the wood-working class I’ve always dreamed of taking!” you’ll reply with only minor bouts of angst for your little white lie. Imagine all the fun you’ll have!
If you are looking to start and indoor herb garden, start here. Get some help with light and water if you aren’t totally convinced you can keep plants alive. And if the initial cost of a LED kit seems high, think of all the money you’ll save from growing your own herbs, tomatoes and more, not to mention the gratification you’ll have from growing it yourself. Your friends will hate you and your DIY ways.