An Aerogarden’s not for everyone of course. The good news is, there are plenty of choices for those who prefer “old-fashioned” indoor gardening at a more affordable price. Here are the top ten indoor herb gardening kits available on the Web.
While there are dozens more, these 10 have been proven to be the most popular and the highest quality ones you can find on the Web. They’re available from a number of popular Internet retailers and are ranked here in order of their quality (based on our own research, as well as compilations of online reviews).
Here are the top indoor herb gardening kits of the highest quality:
GrowBottles And Bags
✅ Best Vegetable Growth Bags
Neat idea, solid product – This product is really neat! It is very easy to maneuver, stays up and seems to be pretty sturdy. The order came with labels and two grow bags. Both bags have a ‘viewing window’ which really should not be opened until the soil has compacted and roots have time to take otherwise the soil will come out. Overall neat product, and excited to see how my potatoes grow!
GrowBottles, available at UncommonGoods.Com, is a fascinating new invention from the good folks at Potting Shed Creations. It’s a neat little hydroponic contraption designed just for herbs that are repurposed from a fine wine bottle, and complete with clay pebbles, a wool wick, plant nutrients, a cork coaster, and seeds. It is as beautiful as it is useful. AND it’s made in the USA. Choose between organic basil, chives, or mint.
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Self Watering Herb Smart Pot
✅ Best Water Control Pot
Helped to revive a treasured plant – The little window on this planter is a revelation for over waterers. I have a plant from my mother that was down to two leaves. I got this put in some new soil plopped it in a sunny window and only water it when the window shows that it is indeed empty. Three months later it has over ten healthy leaves with more on the way. Easy with no mess. The pot is strong but lightweight will buy more in the spring.
This Self Watering Herb Smartpot, also available at UncommonGoods.Com, is a high-tech system that’s great for absent-minded indoor gardeners like me. Just add water, four AA batteries, and a cartridge containing seeds and nutrients. Connect it to your computer via a USB port and the pot itself will do all the work for you. All you have to do is enjoy harvest after harvest of fresh basil.
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Herb Garden In A Gift Basket
✅ Best Herb Garden Pack
Fun and amazing – This is great for starters or an expert grower. It was fun to put together and I wish I could do it all over again. If you have kids you want to get into gardening get this because it makes it super fun plus you get herbs in the end.
Don’t feel like growing your herbs from seed? This ready-to-give gift basket contains four full-grown herb plants that’ll be of use to anyone who loves to cook (the herbs will vary depending on the season you order them, but they’ll definitely be edible culinary herbs). Because these are live plants, they’ll ship via 2-Day Air and be fresh and ready for picking upon arrival. Windowbox does offer a 7-Day Freshness Guarantee where they’ll replace any plant if it arrives dead or dies within a week of delivery.
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Eco Herb Growing Kit
✅ Best Aesthetic Growth Kits For Herbs
Great little hydroponics system!– Clear cups as a mini greenhouse was a great idea and everyone successfully grew. These will surely yield a lot and be useful in the coming years.
From the good folks at OrganicBouquet comes these eco-friendly EcoHerb Kits. Choose from Set B, which includes Parsley, Cilantro, Nasturtium, and thyme, or Set B, which includes Basil, Oregano, Chives, and Parsley.
The kit comes with eco-friendly pots which retain water better than plastic, and yet still can be composted when you’re done with them. It also comes with an organic soil conditioner, meaning that whatever soil you put in will be rich and nutritious. It also comes with micro-nutrient plant food that you add monthly, and a mat that helps you reduce watering. The seeds are 100% certified organic. It’s a great gift for the eco-friendly person in your life.
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Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Set
✅ Best Culinary Herb Set
The best chance for a garden – This herb package is my best chance to finally grow a garden…I have started the seeds in fresh rich soil in an egg carton and they are thriving…I will be ready to plant them in the Spring…..Most certainly the easiest thing I have done so far
Despite having the most ridiculously long product name on all of Amazon.Com, this Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit – Everything You Need to Start Growing Fresh Cooking Herbs & Spices – Great Gift Idea! – Seeds: Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sweet Marjoram, Chives, Sabory, Garlic Chives, Mustard, Sage. Rated Top Herb Garden By Wall Street Journal Weekend Journal & Five Star Review Editors Choice is a great choice if you’re a serious gardener looking for a complete set of herbs, whether to grow indoors year-round or to start indoors and transplant outdoors. It comes with all the seeds listed, as well as 50 Jiffy Peat Pellets, a Greenhouse Dome and Tray, and comprehensive laminated instructions.
Update: the company selling this product on Amazon has since shortened the name of the product above. But not to be outdone, if you’re looking for a planter to use for your indoor herb garden, they now sell the Garden Stacker Planter + Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Kit – Makes a Great Gift Idea – Grow Cooking Herbs Indoors or Outdoors Year Round – Seeds: Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro / Coriander, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sweet Marjoram, Chives, Savory, Garlic Chives, Mustard & Sage. Includes Seed, Starter Peat Pellets, Greenhouse Dome Tray, Instructions, And Amazing Stack-A-Pot Stackable Planter: Just Stack & Grow. Stacking Planter Comes With Hanging Chain To Stack Or Hang. Includes Seed, Starter Peat Pellets, Greenhouse Dome Tray, Instructions, And Amazing Stack-A-Pot Stackable Planter: Just Stack & Grow. Stacking Planter Comes With Hanging Chain To Stack Or Hang.
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Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit With Mini Garden Stacker Planter
This Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit/ Mini Garden Stacker Planter is one of the best planters for growing herbs, as each herb seed has its own compartment, and yet you can move and water all your herbs at once. At 12 inches by 12 inches, it fits nicely on your kitchen windowsill. You can either grow the herbs indoors all year or transplant them to an outdoor garden. The kit includes 12 herb plant seeds, including parsley, thyme, cilantro, basil, dill, oregano, marjoram, chives, savory, garlic chives, mustard, and sage.
Italian Herb Garden Kit
This classic Italian Herb Garden Kit is beautiful as well as a culinary delight. It features traditional herbs of chives, basil, and oregano, as well as a very decorative terra cotta herb planter that accommodates all three herbs, premium seeds, peat pellets, a recipe booklet, and growing instructions. It comes in a decorative box that makes a perfect gift.
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Here’s a great idea to teach kids about gardening and cooking. It’s the Eggling, an ingenious little idea that originated in Japan.
The Eggling looks and feels like a real egg (it’s actually made of porous ceramic), but when you crack its top, you see a garden ready for planting! It comes with a terra cotta tray, and in addition to the basil version you see to the right, you can surf the related products listings on Amazon to find all other kinds of herbs and flowers.
Plants grow for up to five months indoors, and after that, you can plant the whole Eggling outside. Each comes in a gift box.
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Dunecraft Culinary Herb Garden Kit
The Dunecraft Culinary Herb Garden is a clever idea. It’s like having your very own greenhouse, free from air pollutants, bugs, and other things that might get in the way of your herbs growing.
This kit contains everything needed to keep fresh herbs in your home for months. The five individual seed packs (basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, sage) contain enough seed for three or more plantings. The complete instruction manual explains how to sprout, grow, harvest, and use all of the herbs in your Culinary Herb Garden.
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Chia Herb Garden
Okay, sing with me: “ch-ch-ch-chia!”
That’s right, the same people who made the incredible sprouting ram, pig, puppy, and Scooby-Doo have introduced Chia Herb Garden Fresh Herbs.
The Chia company combined their patented growing sponge with terra cotta pots and saucers and seeds for curled parsley, dill, chives, basil, cilantro, and marjoram. The kit also includes six plant markers, complete, easy-to-follow instructions, recipes and helpful hints.
Reviews have been mixed. Some report amazing results, while others say that seeds never sprout. This is probably because when kits like this are mass-produced, they sit in a warehouse for months at a time, and of course that can affect the seeds.
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