First-time gardeners need a little extra help. With an edible container-garden kit from Dallas-based Gardenuity, they will get it. “You’ll automatically get weather alerts for your zip code from us,” says company co-founder Donna Letier. “If there’s an expected spring heat wave after you plant your tomatoes, we’ll tell you to roll them into the shade for the next two days.”
In fact, Gardenuity won’t even let you plant those tomatoes—or that basil or kale, or anything else—if the weather isn’t right. “Not a match today,” the site will inform you. You can request a notification when the time is right, but you can’t purchase an edible plant out of season.
“New gardeners want somebody to feel like they’re on the path with them—and we’re right there,” said Letier.
Gardenuity sells kits at prices from $28 to $49 to grow dozens of vegetables and herbs (kits are customized for indoor or outdoor placement). Some kits come with seeds and others with seedlings (depending on the easiest way to grow a particular plant).
Along with the kits, Gardenuity offers advice to “personally guide you through your growing experience.” This includes personalized weather alerts, feeding reminders, recipes, and step-by-step instructions for harvest.
“We try to make it easy—the whole container garden can be set up in an hour,” says Letier. “It’s like a piece of white paper towel. Just put the seed square on top of the bag and the seeds will germinate in nine or ten days.”
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