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    30 Gardening Kits That'll Probably Blossom Into Your New Favorite Activity

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    1. A kid-friendly veggie and herb growing kit so the whole family can enjoy a ~pizza~ their labor.

    The kit, which is circular and designed to look like a pizza with each quadrant growing a different pizza herb or veggie

    It comes with the pizza tray, plastic planting trays, four seed packets (tomato, oregano, sweet pepper, and basil), potting mix, and more.

    Promising review: "This was ordered for our 8-year-old boy. He enjoyed putting this together for a hands-on learning experience. Really neat project for kids!!!" —One happy shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $20.15.

    2. A soil-free AeroGarden Harvest that'll entertain the adults and look super sophisticated on your counters.

    The AeroGarden in white

    It comes with six pre-seeded pods (curly parsley, dill, Genovese basil, Thai basil, mint, and thyme) and plant food.

    Check out my colleague's AeroGarden review for more deets!

    Promising review: "I ordered this during quarantine and learned how to indoor garden for the first time. This is so much fun, I've had so much success, it's beautiful to look at in the kitchen, and it's a fun experience daily to go foraging for fresh herbs in my own kitchen to top fresh meals. I love this so much that I just ordered my second system." —Jessie

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (also available in black).

    3. And don't forget an AeroGarden salad greens refill kit trio because how satisfying would it be to eat a salad with greens you grew on your countertop?,

    Promising review: "I get about two salads a week from this (harvesting with the 'haircut method'), which is great because I typically buy salad mix on Saturday with good intentions, forget about it in my fridge by Tuesday, and have a gross box of mystery green liquid to throw out two weeks later. Flavor is good and it's as easy to grow as everything else has been in my AeroGarden. Love this thing!" —Maureen G.

    Get three pods from Amazon for $12 (also available in six, seven, and nine pods).

    4. A three-slot AeroGarden Sprout if you want to flex your green thumb but don't have a lot of free space for a larger herb grower in your apartment.

    The AeroGarden in black

    It comes with three pre-seeded pods (curly parsley, dill, and Genovese basil) and plant food.

    Promising review: "I just finished my first grow of salad greens! Everything turned out great and the whole process was extremely simple. I already got a second unit, and my mom liked it so much that she bought her own also." —Jonathan Tweedt

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    5. A water garden with a fish tank underneath to show off your herbs...and Herb the fish.

    The tank, which has a small betta fish in the bottom and herbs on top

    It comes with the planter, seeds, D-Klor and Zym-Bac for the fish tank, grow stones, fish food, and a Petco coupon for $3 off a betta fish.

    Promising review: "We love our water garden. I could not believe how fast the seeds grow. We got our betta fish and my 2.5-year-old loves watching him swim. The seeds were literally starting to grow within three days. The tank has stayed very clean, so that's a huge plus! No changing water and risking shocking your fish. We are so happy with our water garden!" —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $99.98.

    6. A veggie kit for anyone who wants to try their hand at more unconventional produce. It's time to get funky! *Cues up Cha-Cha Slide*

    The kit

    It comes with five biodegradable pots, five peat discs, five plant markers, and five seed packets (purple carrots, yellow courgettes, striped tomatoes, red Brussels sprouts, and multi-colored Swiss chard).

    Promising review: "I have never gardened before. The only time I ever planted anything was a science project in elementary school. I bought this kit as something to keep myself productive with this summer. Within four days of planting the seeds, the Brussels sprouts started sprouting. The next day, the chard started sprouting. The day after that, the carrots, then the zucchini, then the tomatoes. The kit does NOT give you directions on how many seeds to plant in your starter pot. Only plant five to six seeds. All 20 seeds will be too much. I water my plants a little bit each day. So far everything is growing beautifully. Once the sprouts are fuller, I plan on transplanting them into a much larger pot filled with pot soil." —Rian S

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    7. A chic countertop microgreen grower so you can add a pop of color, a delicious crunch, and a dose of vitamins and nutrients to your meals.

    The grower in white

    Promising review: "I don't have a green thumb but this was super easy to set up, AND the microgreens grow fast. Having this little bit of greenery in my kitchen makes me so happy. The sprouts are tasty; I love the radish sprouts best. This also makes a GREAT gift. I've already given it as a gift to several people!" —Ela

    Get it from Food52 for $26 or Amazon for $29.99.

    8. An organic oyster mushroom-growing kit that'll produce delicious fungi in just 10 days.

    The kit with dozens of mushrooms growing

    It comes with the mushroom spawn and spray mister.

    Promising review: "What fun to see how quickly you can grow your own mushrooms. And afterwards to sauté them up for dinner!!! I would definitely recommend for any age to enjoy! 😋" —margie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.93.

    9. Or a shiitake mushroom log kit because walking into the kitchen will suddenly feel like walking into the middle of a forest.

    The log with mushrooms growing on it
    Uncommon Goods

    Just a heads up, it may take seven to 12 months for your log to begin fruiting. However, it will be ready to harvest every six weeks or so for up to three years!

    Promising review: "I gave these to a couple of friends and my sister because I loved mine so much. They are super easy and produce beautiful, flavorful mushrooms! I will never buy mushrooms from a grocery chain again!" —Courtney

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30 (or try the oyster mushroom version!).

    10. A trio of push gardens if you want to turn your backyard into a haven for butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.

    The push gardens

    Inside each push pop is a nutrient-rich grow medium and wildflower seeds that you spread across a patch of soil.

    Promising review: "I'm very happy with this product; the seeds sprouted almost immediately and are filling my deck with beauty and beautiful smells." —Nancy

    Get a set of three from Uncommon Goods for $18 or individually from Urban Outfitters for $5.99.

    11. A desert rose bonsai kit to add more zen to your hectic apartment.

    The bonsai sprouting in a terra-cotta pot

    Get it from Verishop for $19.

    12. A reusable hanging tomato-growing kit for anyone who feels like they're always playing ~ketchup~ with their gardening. Thankfully, all you have to do with this lil' guy is pot the soil, water the seeds, and wait.

    Promising review: "I am a novice gardener but my husband's an ole pro. We live in dry West Texas. This is our first attempt using these bags for tomatoes and it's going great! We planted cherry tomato plants and they are growing great. We put a cup of sugar directly on tomato roots before adding dirt. Water with garden wand. Highly recommend them!" —Connie

    Get two planters from Amazon for $17.99.

    13. A pepper seeds starter kit so you can add some serious desert vibes to your windowsill.,

    It comes with four burlap pots, four soil discs, four seed packets (habanero, cayenne, Anaheim, and jalapeño), four plant markers, shears, and an instruction booklet.

    Promising review: "I started these a bit over a month ago, and I'm about to move them to their second transplant pot to make sure they have more room to grow for the spring. The box is amazing. It's a great storage item after you've planted your seeds. The bags have been very useful for starting new seeds after the peppers needed a pot of their own. The kit comes with a card for insuring your future baby peppers (in case they don't germinate). That's honestly a brilliant idea, and I don't know why more companies don't do that. Their Facebook customer service is fantastic. They respond within two business days, and they're always helpful, friendly, and polite. I definitely plan to buy more in the future." —Bellamoon

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    14. A wool felt succulent-making kit that'll stay alive no matter how many times you and your black thumb forget to water them. (In all seriousness, don't water these plant bbs!)

    A felt cactus and felt succulent in felt pots
    LittleJenStore / Etsy

    It comes with the wool fibers in six colors, a medium-size felt needle, a wool felt basic tutorial with diagrams, and detailed instructions with diagrams.

    Get it from LittleJenStore on Etsy for $8.50 (available in two styles).

    15. An enchanted fairy garden kit because what better way to be a child again or bond with your little ones than by planting Magic Beans (yes, it's a real type of seed!).

    Reviewer photo of their painted garden with magical toadstools, butterflies, and a fairy

    It comes with the fairy garden dish, the fairy figurine, fairy house, two resin toadstools, gemstones, pixie dust, two tulle butterflies, glass stones, purple gravel, seeds (wheatgrass and Magic Beans), potting soil, a paint brush, six acrylic paints, and instructions.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my 8-year-old niece because she loves doing little projects. She had fun painting and setting it up. I wasn’t sure how well it was going to grow, but It was just something to keep her busy. Let me tell you, this thing started growing so fast! She was so excited. Definitely a cool gift for kids who like doing projects." —CARRIE

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    16. A terrarium starter kit if you need low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants that'll survive your forgetfulness. Also, it comes with some pretty ~dino-mite~ mini dino figures.

    Reviewer photo of their terrarium

    It comes with three types of moss, potting soil, vermiculite, plant food, finishing tools, and miniature dinosaurs.

    Promising review: "This is a great starter kit for any DIYers! I love that I was able to set up a new terrarium, repot a small succulent, and repot another succulent that I already had. Plus, I still have more to do at least one more small terrarium. The tools and free gifts (three dinosaurs and succulent food) were a nice bonus. I highly recommend this kit especially if you don’t want to over buy." —surgictek

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in three sizes).

    17. An avocado tree starter kit to supply your own stash for your daily avocado toast.

    Reviewer photo of an avocado seed sprouting in the starter kit

    Just FYI, it can take one to three months for your avocado to sprout depending on the temperature.

    Promising review: "This is exactly what we needed to finally grow an avocado plant. We tried the toothpick-and-Solo-cup method numerous times and we always had issues (cats got it, forgot to add water, tipped over, etc.). This little boat is the best idea and soooo easy to use. Tip: Use a deep enough container for the roots to grow; we used a 6-inch deep Tupperware bowl and it worked wonderfully. We stored it on top of the fridge so it got a little extra heat and was away from the cats. Recommend to anyone who wants to try growing avocado. We are ready to plant our first one and start the next one." —Chris G.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    18. A cat grass kit for pet owners whose fur babies could use a little help with their digestion. Each box comes with oat, wheat, rye, and barley seeds that can help improve a cat's digestion and reduce hairballs.

    Cat biting the grass

    It comes with the wood box, a seed tray, and seeds that should take four to six days to grow.

    Promising review: "We have four feline fur babies and they love this cat grass and I like the little container. I had spouts on day two and it was fully grown by day five or six. I saw some reviews where folks had mold and I had that happen with a different brand before. The trick is to pour out any excess water in the lower tray and then I put it on the patio in the shade so it wasn't soaking wet. After it grew I gave it a little spritz of water and it is going strong." —4Cats

    Get it from Chewy for $9.95.

    19. A Venus fly trap kit so you can finally get rid of those pesky bugs that always elude the fly swatter and that your cat has show zero interest in hunting.

    Diagram showing the plant's growth over time

    Promising review: "I was pretty sure I'd love this but had no idea how much! I'm the 'mom' to three full-sized Venus fly traps, and it's so fascinating to see this baby in its beginning growth medium. Sort of like marveling at the tiny fingernails on a new born infant! I'm captivated by the tiny but perfectly formed traps. Looking forward to watching it grow!" —Siri Jeffrey

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    20. A bonsai starter kit that'll add some much-needed tranquility to your space.

    Reviewer photo of their thriving bonsai

    It comes with four biodegradable planters, four peat soil discs, a trimmer, four types of seeds (Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, Black Poui, Norway Spruce, and Flame Tree), bamboo markers, and a growing guide.

    Promising review: "Really enjoying our little trees so far! It’s been a fun thing to help pass some time during these trying times. Easy to follow instructions and care instructions. Looking forward to seeing them fully grow!" —Greg Wong

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    21. A birth month flower kit because what better way to treat yourself (or a loved one) than with a sweet-smelling personalized gift.

    Three flowers growing in their own glass bottle
    Uncommon Goods

    It comes with seeds, a glass bottle, a soil-free growing medium, instructions, and more info about your birth flower and its meaning.

    Promising review: "This was a lovely personalized gift for my mother-in-law, who enjoys gardening. It was special to give her something that was especially for her birthday, since it's in December and she often feels it gets all smushed together with Christmas. She planted it immediately and she's excited to have something to grow indoors even during the winter months." —Julie

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34 (available in 11 styles).

    22. A lithops germination kit (lithops are sometimes called living stones) if you want a plant that not everyone has.

    The lithops, which look like little pebbles
    LittleEmeraldThumb / Etsy

    It comes with soil, seeds (you can choose which ones you want), a pot, and fungicide.

    Get it from LittleEmeraldThumb on Etsy for $28 (available in nine styles).

    23. A pack of lollipops to enjoy (flavors include strawberry-basil and peach-marigold — yum!) and then plant. Yep, the seeds are in the stick so all you need to do is plant it once you've finished your sucker.

    The lollipops
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "This was a great gift for my sister. Her kids ate the lollipops and she planted the seeds for the plants. Everybody wins and it's a unique gift idea!" —Trace

    Get a set of eight from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    24. A bottle stopper growing kit for putting all your empty wine bottles to good use! Once you empty the bottle, fill it with water and insert one of the included hydroponic capsules. Drop in a seed and then wait!

    The kits and herbs growing in empty wine bottles
    Uncommon Goods

    It comes with three seed varieties (sweet basil, dill, and lemon basil OR cosmos, marigolds, and zinnias), three biodegradable cornstarch inserts that'll fit most glass bottles, three germination domes, three sticker labels, and instructions.

    Promising review: "I have had this product for over six months and it is has been my most successful set of herbs! I just wish I could order individual hydroponic stoppers or that there were more herb option groups. These look absolutely amazing in my window sill, and I would love to fill it up with more varieties!" —Kait

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $22 (available in two styles).

    25. A strawberry garden in a bag so you can enjoy juicy strawbs that were grown in your kitchen. Plus, the garden is contained in this bag so you don't have to fuss with pots and trays.

    The strawberry bag
    PottingShedCreations / Etsy

    Just a note: these strawbs are alpine strawberries (also called wild strawberries) and may take at least two years to bear fruit.

    It comes with seeds, the growing medium, coconut husks for drainage, a leakproof bag you can color, garden stakes, and instructions.

    Get it from PottingShedCreations on Etsy for $19.

    26. A veggie seed kit that'll probably make your kids want to eat their vegetables (no promises!). All the included seeds sprout easy-to-grow and versatile veggies.

    The kit

    It includes bunching onion, Chantenay carrot, French Breakfast radish, haricot vert maxibel bean, mammoth melting snow pea, Marmande tomato, nasturtium (an edible flower), and rouge d'hiver lettuce; a steel case; garden stakes; a pencil; and instructions.

    Get it from Food52 for $25.

    27. A butterfly garden seed kit because you'll feel just like your Animal Crossing character running around your island (or, err, backyard) chasing butterflies (but not selling them at Nook's Cranny).

    The kit
    Williams Sonoma

    It comes with six metal tins, six types of seeds (corn poppy, cosmos, lupine, nasturtium, purple coneflower, and zinnia), six coco fiber pots for starting seeds, six soil pellets, six wooden markers, a cotton muslin bag, and instructions.

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $29.95.

    28. A flower-growing kit that comes in its own planter if you're clueless about this whole gardening thing. It even has a self-watering system so that's one less thing to screw up!

    The kit

    It comes with wax-coated paper tube that transforms into the planter, seeds, two trays, a stand, a wick, a grow medium, plant food, carbon and instructions.

    Get it from Terrain for $18 (available in three styles).

    29. A herbal tea starter kit to help you brew your own soothing pot of home-grown chamomile tea.,

    It comes with four burlap pots, four plant markers, four seed packets (peppermint, lemon balm, chamomile, and lavender), four soil discs, and a pair of shears.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how well they grew! I was nervous at first and some took a lot longer then others but they came out great. And after repotting they just took off. Loved this so much!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    30. A pumpkin-growing kit for anyone who's already in the fall mindset.

    Diagram of the three types of pumpkins you can grow with the kit

    It comes with three biodegradable pots, three soil discs, three markers, three seed packets (Jarrahdale blue, sweet sugar pie, and Connecticut field), and instructions.

    Promising review: "These are thriving!! Two weeks after sowing they are growing like mad and so healthy!!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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