Dwell On This: Start an Indoor Herb Garden

Dwell On This: Start an Indoor Herb Garden

By Gregory Han
Instead of tossing those scraps in the compost bin, invest in your own countertop harvest.

When the pandemic hit, you started off strong: You nurtured a sourdough starter and baked your first Instagram-worthy loaf, finished the books on your "to-read" list, cleaned out your pantry, reorganized your closet by color, and maybe even indulged your inner interior decorator through hours of Animal Crossing. 

Now, my friend, it’s time to graduate to the big leagues of domestic hobbies and start growing your own edibles. No, not those greens—we’re talking about herbs and vegetables that will elevate your home-cooked meals for months to come.

Starting an indoor herb garden is such a no-brainer that it often starts as a happy accident. You’re preparing dinner and toss a few scraps of celery or green onion into a cup of water for freshness, only to discover that they’ve grown back a few days later. Fennel and baby bok choy are also extremely easy to grow from discarded ends, only requiring water and bright sunlight. Garlic and ginger can also be coaxed back to life: Just plant each piece in potting soil—garlic facing downward, ginger facing up—and keep them well lit and lightly watered. In a little over a week, you’ll have edible green stalks to use as a flavorful garnish.

If you live somewhere temperate and have a little outdoor space to call your own (even if it’s just a porch or balcony), consider setting up a mini greenhouse. Otherwise, there are several indoor garden kits that can help even the blackest of thumbs reach their green potential. The key here is to start simple and begin with kitchen scraps. You can save the serious gardening for Animal Crossing.

Shop Herb Gardens 
Click & Grow Smart Garden 9
The Smart Garden 9 is a meticulously designed, self-growing indoor garden that revolutionizes how fresh food is grown.   Specially developed Smart Soil and built-in sensors make sure plants get the optimal configuration of water, oxygen, and nutrients so your plants thrive with zero...
Modern Sprout Brass Grow-Anywhere Growhouse
In this mountable glass-and-brass growhouse, your indoor plants and herbs can thrive without a wink of sunlight (and a less-than-green thumb).  An LED light with a built-in timer ensures your plants get just the right amount of TLC—just add water and let this magic box do its thing.
Modern Sprout Garden Jar Herb Kit
We always seem to find bundles of wilted, forgotten herbs at the bottom of our crisper drawer. Save that basil a slow, painful death and exercise your green thumb at the same time with easy-to-use garden jar herb kits.
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