I live in Michigan, and by this time of year I’m really starting to itch for signs of life to counteract the gray chill that tends to linger through March. One of the best ways I’ve found to boost a funky late-winter mood is to grow something green indoors, but I don’t have a ton of space for complicated garden systems…and sometimes I just want to see quick results without putting a lot of time and energy into scrounging up seeds and supplies.
This is a collection of easy, quick, and foolproof ways to get something growing on your kitchen counter ASAP so that next time there’s an overcast day you can just sit and stare at your little garden and dream of spring:
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Try an all-in-one herb garden kit 2 of 8Sometimes pulling all the materials together is all that stands between you and planting that kitchen herb garden you've been coveting. That's why this spring I decided to try out some all-in-one kits. Both of the pictured herb garden kits cost less than $20 and come with all materials needed: seeds, planting medium, and containers. Pictured: Chia Herb Garden and Simple Garden Junior I rigged them up with a reptile lamp for extra light.
Grow a hydroponic window garden 3 of 8Think you don't have the right space or conditions to grow a culinary garden? Think again. The Windowfarms hydroponics system is super space-conscious and allows you to grow herbs, greens and other veggies indoors year-round using nutrient-enhanced water. Plus, look how cool it is!
Go vertical. 4 of 8No space for an indoor garden? If you've got the back of a door, you've got a plot. This awesome tutorial will show you how to make a hanging vegetable garden from an over-the-door shoe organizer.
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Grow veggies in a bag. 6 of 8If you want to start a veggie garden indoors but move it outside when the weather warms up - but you don't have space for a garden plot or just don't like to dig - these convenient, breathable, space-saving and easily transportable Grow Bags make it easy.
Sprout a pit 7 of 8If you just want to see something grow and don't care about having a harvest the first year - or at all - try this classic, fun project: grow a seedling from an avocado pit. There's no guarantee your plant will ever bear fruit - and it'll take years if it does - but for kids, often the satisfaction of seeing the pit sprout is reward enough. photo credit: Maria Keays
Go high-tech. 8 of 8If you want to start a lot of seeds inside this spring but don't feel like piecing together a DIY growing system, try this biodome seed starting kit from Park Seed. It comes with a built-in heat and light source, an insulating cover, fertilizer and growing medium and has space for sixty seedlings. A valuable investment if you plan to have a serious summer garden!
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