A container garden kit is a party in a box. Plant the seeds indoors or out (no experience necessary), and then prepare to marvel at the first tiny, brave leaves that break through the surface of the soil. They’ll be your friends forever, or at least until you snip them for salad.
Here are 10 of our favorite container garden kits, to grow everything from edible chrysanthemum leaves to tiny bonsai trees:
Above: Grow edible chrysanthemum greens with a Shungiku Growing Kit from Japan-based Cultivate & Eat. The kit includes a plastic-lined paper bag tied like a traditional rice bag, potting mix, and shinguku seeds. It is available as shown for €10 from Merci; for US shoppers a Cultivate & Eat kit is $9 from Rare Device. Above: From Greece, each carton of Rhoeco organic Herbal Tea Blend comes with a seed stick affixed to the lid. The sticks contain organic seed mixes of chamomile, mallow, sage, lemon balm, and hyssop affixed with a natural glue. Rhoeco’s planting and drying instructions include how to make a tisane and couldn’t be simpler. For more details see Object of Desire: Herbal Tea Planters from Greece. Above: A Tea Herbs Garden Kit comes with a grow tray, eight packets of seeds (including anise hyssop, ashwagandha, chamomile, echinacea, horehound, lemon balm, peppermint, and tulsi), 36 peat pellets to use as a growing medium, and is $39.95 from Williams-Sonoma. Above: Made by Urban Agriculture, a Basil Grow Kit “comes with one pack of organic seeds, one portioned bag of organic soil, a garden stake and a stylish urban grow container for your plant.” It is $18 from the New York Botanical Garden Shop. Above: Ikea’s Vaxer Nursery Sprout Box with lid is £5 (not available in the US). See Ikea for the full Vaxer container gardening kit. Above: A Ceramic Can Grow Kit shaped like an old-fashioned tin can comes with basil, mint, sunflower, or wild strawberry seeds and is $16 from Terrain. Above: A Miniature Indoor Bonsai Tree Kit comes with pre-planted tree seeds, a terra cotta pot, compost, and growing instructions. It is $16 from Urban Outfitters. Above: An Organic Cilantro Eco Planter kit comes with a glass jar, stainless steel net pot, a growing medium of recycled glass, a cocoa pith disk, wick, and plant food. It is $30 from Modern Sprout. Above: Not only is the kit compact, so are the varieties of vegetables you’ll grow with a Microgreens Veggie Window Box Kit. Notes retailer Food 52, “Miniature vegetables are just cuter.” The kit includes three kinds of seeds: mini carrots, Tom Thumb peas, and Red Russian peas. Plant them in a no-soil growing medium in an 18-inch-long recycled steel box; $48. N.B.: See more indoor (or outdoor) garden grow kits and accessories: Above: From the garden shop at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a Box Herbes de Provence kit includes a cardboard planting box, a peat-free compost growing medium, and savory, basil, thyme, lavender seeds. It is £15 from Kew.