Making something grow from a tiny seed can feel like having a superpower, especially if you live in an apartment where the only green you see on a daily basis is the color of your bath towels. With these easy garden kits, you don’t have to worry about letting anyone down. Believe that you’ve got what it takes to come home to spiky, fragrant, graceful greenery.
MADE IN THE USA
This container of fresh greens comes with plenty of accessories and is small enough to fit on nearly any shelf. Amazon
The standout feature of this kit is a handsome wooden box made from fir and pine, which measures 6 inches deep and 16 inches long. You plant these culinary herbs—sweet basil, bouquet dill, cilantro, parsley, and oregano—right in the box using the included soil which expands when you add water. Chalk and slate markers invoke the style of your favorite farm-to-table, even when the cityscape outside your window does not.
GLOWS AT NIGHT
Sprout wheatgrass and chia seeds by layering the included soil, sand, and rocks. Amazon
At a great price, you can help your kids learn more about the natural world without completely giving up tech. Customize the terrarium with stickers from the kit, and then encourage your young scientist to carefully record developments in a tiny notebook. You can both geek out over the rechargeable LED jar, which can double as a nightlight to illuminate their creation.
COMES WITH MULTIPLE SPECIES
This set comes with soil and plenty of extras to help keep these plants alive, including pots, labels, and a booklet with best practices. Amazon
There’s no question that growing bonsai trees is a commitment—they can live for hundreds of years. This inexpensive kit is gentle with beginners, though, with four types of trees (including Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine and flame tree) and multiple seeds per species. The manufacturer offers handy guidelines that walk you through each step as you patiently turn your indoor garden into an art form.