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Indoor Herbs To The Rescue: A Review Of Dryden Trading Company’s Indoor Herb Kit

Winter Is Here

After living in denial for the past few months over the impending winter, I can finally say for certain that winter is here. The cold, snowy, gray months of the cold season are here for a long visit and my outdoor garden is officially dead in hibernation. It may seem that gardening will be on hold for the time being, but that would be a false sentiment.

We don’t have to stop gardening after the first frost or because of silly weather events such as “polar vortexes”. No, in fact, we can maintain our positive outlook on life with indoor herb kits. Okay, it may not be as rewarding as your outdoor garden plot filled with life and delicious vegetables, but indoor kits can provide you a much needed life -line when the earth’s axis is tilted away from the bright, warm, beautiful sun.

Indoor Herb Kits For The Winter Blues

We do many things to keep ourselves afloat during the cold months, from taking extra vitamin D to buying ourselves anti-depression light lamps, saving every last penny for a trip to Florida, or just completely give up and start drinking whiskey when the sun sets at 3:30 in the afternoon. But another, healthier method of trudging through the winter can be something as delightful as winter herbs. We don’t have to succumb to the dry, tasteless herbs of January, we can actually grow our own fresh, succulent, delicious food, and delight in our ability to grow something in an otherwise hostile environment.

I was lucky enough to receive a free herb planter from the Dryden Trading Company, in return for an honest review and opinion of their product. To be frank, I wasn’t expecting much. Who would send a herb kit to Chicago in the dead of winter and ask for an honest review? Why not wait till summer, with longer days and warmer weather, in order to guarantee success? However, I wasn’t about to forgo a free gift and excitedly said yes to this experiment.

What The Kit Includes

Less than 3 days later, I received a box in the mail and excitedly set up my goods. The kit came with a beautiful vintage wooden planter box, a charming decorative accessory for anyone who loves shiplap, or good style. You have your choice of wood, from “shabby chic” to “rustic antique”, “barn door red”, “cascade green” and more. I chose to go with the “barn door red” and was pleasantly surprised with the box. Often times I tend to be disappointed when items arrive in the mail after I view them online. Either they are lesser quality than I had imagined, broken, smaller, or just look fake and hokey. However, I was yet again pleasantly surprised,  the quality of the boxes did not disappoint. Dryden clearly takes their time and makes sure their products will be one of the visual highlights in whatever room you decide to place them.

The kit itself includes seed packets of dill, basil, oregano, cilantro and parsley as well as soil which will expand when you complete your first watering. Let me tell you, the joy of watching soil expand out is much more exciting than I had ever imagined. If you have children, allow them the pure excitement of seeing this science experiment in front of their very eyes. As a grown adult, I may have been a bit too excited.

You are also given plant markers, allowing you to differentiate your vegetables from one another, because who has time to identify plants anymore without labels. I can hardly remember my own name sometimes, let alone tell the difference between cilantro and parsley.

The Ultimate Test

I can ‘oooo’ and ‘ahhh’ over the design, quality, and ease of the herb kit all day long, but if no herbs actually sprout, then the box is just a $45 piece of vintage wood. I was skeptical in the ability of these plants to sprout and mature when the temperature outside barely reached 0 degrees Fahrenheit. However, I gave it a chance, set the box on the windowsill of my garden apartment (yes, I live in a garden apartment) and I waited.

Lo and behold, after returning home after several days on vacation, I found myself in awe as the little seeds transformed themselves into growing herbs! The kit turned out to be a successful experiment in indoor winter gardening and thanks to the Dryden Herb kit, I had something to look forward to this winter. In no time I will be cooking with fresh herbs, making myself look good in front of friends and family. Who doesn’t want to brag to those they are trying to impress about their green thumb, no matter what the weather is outside?

Dryden Makes Good On Their Promise

With a healthy dose of skepticism, I was able to make an attempt with my Dryden Herb Kid and see where this effort would take me. Fortunately, the Dryden Trading Company erased any fears I had about growing herbs in the winter or cheap design. Their herb kits are of superb quality, from the wood they use to the quality of their seeds. I highly recommend these kits for your family and friends. For anyone who has a green thumb (or doesn’t) this is a great option for all!

If you would like more information, you can find the kits on their website here. Full disclosure, I do not get any money or sales by directing you to their website, I just like their product.


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After finishing her masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Michelle wanted to share her love of plants and all things medicinal. With her knowledge of Chinese herbs and household plants, she decided to create a site sharing her love of indoor plants.

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