If I’ve learned anything from cooking flavorful, healthy meals, it’s the importance of using fresh herbs. They not only give foods a burst of flavor, taking any recipe from good to great, but they also add nutrition with their powerful antioxidant properties. Cooking with herbs is easy in the spring and summertime, but you’ll need an indoor herb garden once the weather starts to cool down.
The key to a successful indoor herb garden is knowing what your plants need: light, warmth, water, air circulation, and plant food. If you’re a gardening expert, you might already have the ideal setup, but most of us aren’t farmers; we’re beginners or enthusiasts at best! Luckily there are a few indoor growing kits that can set you up for success.
Growing your own fresh, organic herbs will not only help you cook with less salt and fat, but it’s also a pretty gratifying process! We love how these kits get the entire family involved (including the kids, who can have their very own garden).
***All prices listed were current as of the time of publication.***
The Best Kit for Beginners
If you’re just starting out, we’d recommend this Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 kit ($99.95 from Amazon). You simply drop the plant cartridges in, fill up the water reservoir, and plug it in. It has a timer that controls the light and the unit is self-watering, so you can sit back and wait for your plants to grow themselves!
Dabbled with Gardening Before? This Kit is for You
If you’ve dabbled with gardening before, you’ll be ready for the AeroGarden Bounty ($199.99 from Amazon). It has an interactive touch-screen interface that reminds you when to water and add plant food, and it has space for nine separate herb pods.
Consider Yourself an Expert? It’s Time to Upgrade!
Let’s say you have a lot of experience gardening and you want more space for growing herbs: You should opt for the ultimate system, the AeroGarden Farm Plus Hydroponic Garden ($683.13 from Amazon). It has independently adjustable lights so you can simultaneously grow tall and short plants, and you can control the panel from your smartphone via WiFi!
Perfect For Kids
The kids will love having their very own indoor herb garden with the AeroGarden Herbie Kid’s Garden ($55.49 from Amazon). They can follow the 12-week process with the 32-page activity book, and since the garden is hydroponic, you don’t even need soil! Just add water and the included non-GMO seeds and you’ll be growing in no time.
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