The Best Indoor Herb Garden Kits to Adorn Your Workspace

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For those of us who don’t have classes — that is, live in cities and townhouses — herb gardening might not seem like a possibility. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a community garden nearby that you can join, that’s where the best indoor herb gardening kits come in.

Often electronic, these kits typically rely on grow lights, LED systems that simulate outdoor lighting, to perform photosynthesis. Because they vary in their characteristics and functionality, some need soil to grow plants, and others don’t. Likewise, more self-contained kits will even water the plants for you on a programmed timer.

Whichever method you prefer, we’ve highlighted the best indoor garden kits for herbs, vegetables, fruits, salad, and more.

Best Overall: Modern Sprout Brass Growhouse V2 ($199)
Best Hydroponics: AeroGarden Harvest Elite ($130)
Ideal for fruits and vegetables: True Connection ($330)
Ideal for salad: AeroGarden Harvest ($107)
Best starter kit: Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 ($100)
Ideal for children: Creativity for Kids Plant a Pizza Garden ($22)
Future: PicoMax ($75)

Best Overall: Modern Sprout Brass Growhouse V2 ($199)

While it makes a gorgeous addition to any home decor, the Modern Sprout Growhouse V2 is more than a pretty face. Its built-in full-spectrum LED light is efficient and environmentally friendly. A user-friendly companion app makes it easy to control from across the room. Moreover, you can also mount it on the wall.

Best Hydroponics: AeroGarden Harvest Elite ($130)

A soilless alternative to our number one pick, the AeroGarden Harvest Elite uses “pods” to grow everything from basil to cherry tomatoes. Its large capacity allows it to hold up to six 12-inch plants at a time, and the entire watering process is automated using an integrated display with controls on the front panel. With AeroGarden, killing plants has never been so difficult.

Best for fruits and vegetables: Veritable Connect ($330)

Grow full-size tomatoes, peppers and chilies – hassle-free – with the Veritable Connect. To set it up, all you have to do is plug it in, fill the reservoir with water, and place Veritable’s exclusive bullion seeds in the pot, then wait three to four weeks to harvest. In addition to an LED light, it also has an app for seamless supervision on the go.

Best for Salad: AeroGarden Harvest ($107)

If all you want to do is put together a delicious plant-based cooking mix, the AeroGarden Harvest is the perfect gardening gateway. A simple control panel alerts you when you need to add water and feed your plants while the lights are automatically managed by the device. To top it off, you have a huge selection of seed kits to choose from.

Best Starter Kit: Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 ($100)

As the name suggests, the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 is one of the easiest starting points for novice gardeners. Pre-seeded plant pods range from yellow tomatoes to lavender to Japanese Mibuna. It comes with basil, to start with, so you don’t have to invest in seeds upfront if you’d rather try it first.

Best for Kids: Plant a Pizza Garden ($22)

What better than a pizza to introduce your children to gardening? No, it’s not an actual pie from your local joint ‘za, but Creativity for Kids’ Plant a Pizza Garden can be used to grow tasty toppings including basil, oregano, tomatoes and peppers. All your little one has to do is add water and watch them grow. And there are, in fact, stickers involved to sweeten the deal.

Coming soon: Pico Max ($75)

One potential pick we have on our radar is the Pico Max. From Altifarm Enverde, the company behind the original Pico, Pico Max is something of a cross between the Aerogarden Harvest Elite and the Modern Sprout Growhouse V2, allowing you to plant just about any seed in a automated and self-programmed contraption, although it is battery powered and can be daisy-chained to other Pico Max devices.

Terri S. Tomasini