It's time to start that windowsill herb garden.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated April 16, 2019
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Garden Starter Kit
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Whether you've always dreamed of topping your pasta dinners with fresh basil from your own herb garden, or want a flower garden that will attract butterflies to your backyard, these garden starter kits make it easy. They provide everything you need—seeds, soil, coco fiber pots, peat pellets—to get your garden growing without a trip to the nursery. Set a mini herb garden kit on your kitchen windowsill or start veggie seedlings in a peat pot before transferring them to your outdoor garden. And if you're afraid your kitchen isn't sunny enough to support your herb garden dreams? Invest in a seed kit that comes with its own grow light. These seed starter kits have thought of everything, so building your garden is easier than ever.

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4 Garden Starter Kit With a Grow Light

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