Herb Growing Indoors with Herb Growing Kits

Make a “Quick Start” with a Herb Growing Kit

By using a herb growing kit you can make a quick and easy start to your herb growing.

These kits are designed for herb growing beginners who have neither the time or inclination to learn about the basics of herb growing. Lots of herb growers start growing herbs using herb growing kits but go on to create their own herb gardens after they have gained some initial experience and basic knowledge.

Types of Herb Growing Kits

Herb growing kits range from starter kits with just 3 or 4 different types of herb seeds to larger kits with a much wide range of herb seeds.  

A basic herb growing kit such as the BUZZY Herb Windowsill Kit will cost just a  few dollars, but larger kits costing anything from $50 to $80 are also easily available.

Here are a couple of examples of the more expensive kits:

Wood box indoor herb kitThe first kit shown is a reclaimed Barnwood Planter Box Mini Herb Garden Kit . 

This rustic planter box made from reclaimed barnwood (includes a clear plastic drip dray) is ideal for growing an indoor kitchen herb garden. It can make an attractive addition to any home or kitchen. The complete kit has everything you need to grow the most popular cooking herbs.

The kit includes 6 varietes of herb seeds, each pack contains enough seeds to plant the entire barnwood planter box, but you can mix and match with up to 4 herbs of your choice.

Miracle-grow indoor herb kitThe Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Gourmet Herb 3-Pod Seed Kit,  is a soil-free indoor herb garden that will grow your herbs 5 times faster than soil.  It can be set up in minutes and its slim, elegant design will fit beautifully in your kitchen, home, or office. Just insert the seed pods in the AeroGarden, add water and nutrients, and then watch it grow! Easy as 1-2-3!

The easy-to-use control panel automatically creates optimal conditions for your plants by turning the light on and off and reminding you when to add the specially formulated liquid nutrients.

Herb growing kits are also available which meet the needs of those who are interested in particular categories of herbs, as the examples below illustrate.

Examples of Herb Growing Kits

Italian: 

The Italian herb garden will contain the herbs that are very widely used in Italian-style cooking – Basil, Oregano, and Parsley.

Culinary:

In the culinary herb garden you would expect to find herbs such as lemon balm, catnip, rosemary, peppermint, chamomile, feverfew, lavender, lemon grass, marigold, lemon bergamot, angelica and anise.

Medicinal:

The medicinal herb garden should have herbs such as echinacea, milk thistle, peppermint, yarrow, german chamomile, St. Johns Wort, burdock, feverfew, lemon balm, valerian, cayenne, astragalus (chinese milk vetch)

Tea:

The tea herb garden will have all those herbs that can be used to make delicious and healthy infusions. It will contain herbs such as lemon balm, catnip, rosemary, peppermint, german chamomile, feverfew, lavender, lemon grass, marigold, lemon bergamot, angelica, anise.

In addition to the instructions on herb growing, kits of tea herbs frequently also contain recipes on how to prepare the infusions (sometimes also including bags for holding the herbs and an infuser).

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What’s in a Herb Growing Kit?

Herb growing kits usually contain the following items:

  • Herb seeds – enclosed in sealed packets or pods.  There are generally just enough seeds for one batch of herbs
  • Peat moss pellets (see picture) – hard cylindrical pellets which expand and soften on watering.  The seeds are placed on top of the pellets.
  • Fiber or plastic  pots and a planting tray – the pellets are placed in fiber pots or planting trays
  • Instructions on how to grow and look after your herbs

Larger kits also sometimes contain planters for transplanting the herbs once they have germinated and grown into small plants

Advantages & Disadvantages of Herb Growing Kits

Advantages:

  • Herbs ready to harvest indoors – no treks out into the garden with a torch in the pouring rain.  The herbs are there when you want them
  • Can grow all year round – because indoor temperature conditions are more likely than not to be constant throughout the year
  • Great for small apartments – The smaller kits can be put on window shelves
  • Easy to care for – its easy to make sure the herbs are getting the sun when it shines and that you are watering them regularly
  • Good way to begin herb growing – this is without doubt an easy and painless way to start herb gardening

Disadvantages:

Only small quantities of herbs – at least for the starter kits

  • Limited range of herbs – only those suited to to the limited space in the pots provided and to indoor temperature conditions
  • Need to start over when herbs have been used up

Some kits overcome these disadvantages by offering planters to which herbs can be transplanted outside once they become big.

Where to Buy Your Kit

Herb growing kits are very widely available.  The basic kits are marketed widely as presents and can purchased on Amazon and at nurseries and garden centers.

Happy herb growing,

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