Everything you need to grow thriving basil, rosemary, thyme, and more.

By Katie Holdefehr
July 30, 2020
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If you spent all of quarantine dreaming about starting a lush herb garden full of basil, rosemary, sage, and thyme, but you never made moves to actually buy the seeds or plant the garden, we're here to tell you: it's not too late! No matter if you plan to grow an herb garden indoors on your kitchen windowsill or outside in the backyard, these herb garden kits and accessories will jumpstart the process. For a low-effort approach, opt for an herb garden kit with a grow light or one that utilizes passive hydroponics. Don't worry, plant procrastinators, with these products, creating a thriving herb garden is easier than ever.

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Herb Garden Mason Jars

Let Hydroponics Do the Hard Work

For an herb garden that's truly low-maintenance, opt for this kit. It relies on passive hydroponics, so you don't have to stress about watering it too often. Just set the mason jar near a sunny window, and you'll be rewarded with tons of fresh basil (or sage, or cilantro). 

To buy: $20, uncommongoods.com

Food52 Herb Garden Kit
Credit: Glass herb garden kit

Skip the Soil

Set inside a stylish smoked glass vessel, this herb planter makes a welcome addition to your kitchen counter. Like the herb garden kit above, it utilizes hydroponics and a soil-less growing medium, so you never have to worry about over- or under-watering. Phew! 

To buy: $25, food52.com

Go with a Grow Light

If your kitchen isn't particularly sunny or you want to keep fresh herbs sprouting all year long, invest in an herb garden kit with a grow light. This one comes with everything you'll need to start growing six essential herbs: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, and Thai basil. 

To buy: $100, homedepot.com

Choose an All-in-One Herb Garden

Take the guesswork out of starting your own herb garden with this complete mix-and-match kit. You choose which three herbs you want to grow, and this Etsy shop will send you everything you need—seeds, pots, potting soil, adorable plant markers, and even a glass mister bottle. 

To buy: $46, etsy.hortikiplants.com

Don't Forget the Organic Fertilizer

If you're planting your herbs in soil (rather than a hydroponic system), you'll want an organic fertilizer formulated specifically for herbs. This option if free from chemicals that could accidentally burn the leaves, but it will help your new plants grow faster. 

To speed up the process, buy small herb plants from a nursery or the grocery store rather than starting from seeds. Once repotted, watered, and fertilized regularly, the small plants will grow quickly. 

To buy: $7, homedepot.com