If you like to experiment with cooking like we do, you likely appreciate the fresh, vibrant taste of herbs picked directly from your garden. A few years ago, our garden started getting a little crowded, as we grow several different varieties of vegetables and devote most of our space to them.
Instead of resorting to buying herbs in the store where freshness is usually an issue, we started growing them inside with indoor herb growing kits. These kits are really dummy proof (perfect for me!) and it’s really rewarding to grow most of the herbs we need for cooking here at home.
Grow Fresh Herbs Indoors – Here’s How Herb Growing Kits Work
First of all, these kits will help you grow just about any herb you cook with, like dill, basil, oregano, sage, and many more. You can also grow medicinal herbs such as peppermint, milk thistle, and lemon balm – plus there are many tea herbs you can grow as well.
Indoor herb kits can be bought in containers that stack on top of one another, so they take up a very small amount of space. We grow our culinary herbs on a small section near our kitchen counter by the window. We also recently tried a “Salad Garden Kit” which provides material to grow chard, kale, arugula, and other salad greens.
Look out for kits that include a little greenhouse dome to get the herbs off to a good start, peat pellets to encourage growth, step-by-step instructions and even a handy reference book about herbs, along with cooking ideas.
Let’s take a look at all the different items you can easily grow indoors with these handy kits.
Indoor Growing Kits: What To Grow / How It Works
As mentioned, there are several of these ingenious grow kits available from Living Whole Foods. Here’s a closer look:
- Indoor Culinary Herb Garden: This is the kit we bought, and we love it! It’s a great addition to your home if you like to experiment with cooking, and it’s an excellent gift for the chef/gardener in your life.The culinary herb garden kit is designed to help you grow herbs from seed in a small greenhouse dome which measures about 12 inches high and 12 inches across, i.e. small enough to fit on any kitchen counter. The dome is made of sturdy plastic and can be used over and over again.You get 50 peat pellets, which is the easiest way to get seed started. Just add water and the pellets expand to from a “container” and soil all in one. This is a great idea because when the herbs get bigger, you can transplant them into their own pot (if you wish) with minimal transfer shock.
The assorted twelve herbs you can grow include parsley, chives, marjoram, lemon basil, thyme, dill, savory, oregano, mustard, sage, cilantro, and garlic chives. Enough seed is supplied for several plantings, or of course you can use your own preferred seed if you’d like. The herbs are ready for “harvest” in about three weeks, and you can use the kit to grow herbs indoors or outdoors. It’s just like having a living spice rack!
- Indoor Medicinal Herb Growing Kits: Certain herbs have been known for centuries as natural healing agents, and now you can grow these herbs at home at a fraction of the cost of buying them at a health food store!Not only do these herbs possess natural healing properties, but they’re also fragrant and beautiful to view. This handy indoor kit provides everything you need to grow the most beneficial healing herbs indoors.The herbs included in the kit are Echinacea, Milk Thistle, Cayenne, Astragalus, Peppermint, Yarrow, Burdock, Fever Few, Lemon Balm, German Chamomile, St. Johnswort, and Valeria. You’ll get enough seed for at least two plantings.
The kit includes a miniature greenhouse and peat seedling pellets for each healing herb. These seedling pellets are soaked in water and become a self contained growing container where seeds are placed. The whole process is super easy and very effective – you’ll have ample medicinal herbs in a matter of a few short weeks.Step by step instructions are included, and you can use the miniature greenhouse over and over again.
- Indoor Herbal Tea Garden Kits:The indoor herbal tea garden kit works the same way as all the others; ample seed and peat pellets are provided, along with a plastic dome miniature greenhouse that helps the herbs get started. There are many advantages to growing your own tea herbs at home rather than paying for tea retail. The expense is far less, and you can steep the herbs directly in hot water. You won’t have to worry about using multiple tea bags for added intensity and flavor, plus there’s a real satisfaction in growing something you directly consume.
This kit includes seed and peat pellets for 12 different types of herbal teas including: Lavender, Lemon Grass, Marigold, Peppermint, German Chamomile, Lemon Bergamot, Angelica, Anise, Fever Few, Lemon Balm, Catnip, and Rosemary.
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