The Gardens For People Who Can’t Garden

Want to garden but don't have the space or the green thumb? These gardens in a jar are for you!

by Rachael Dupree
PHOTO: Modern Sprout/Flickr

If you’re here, it’s because you like growing food. Whether you’re good at it or not is another matter entirely. But even for those of you who are green-thumb challenged, there are ways for you to add your own hyper-locally grown produce to your next meal. You just have to get creative with your garden … and sometimes, you have to make the most of the opportunities that come your way.

That’s why we’re stoked about Modern Sprout—because we think everyone should feel the joy of growing food at home. With Modern Sprout’s self-watering herb kits, you don’t have to have to be skilled at growing tiny green things—or even have garden space for that matter—in order to grow your choice of herbs. Inside each of their mason jar-sized garden kits, you get a net pot (think of one of those reusable K-cup baskets), a growing medium, a wick, plant food and seeds. With some simple assembling, you’ll be growing your own herbs in no time. The kits have several types to choose from:

  • basil
  • cilantro
  • mint
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • pansy (for those of you who just want something pretty)

The company also offers multiple-jar packs, as well as self-watering kits with multiple plants that you grow inside an stylish burlap sacks. Try combos like lemon basil/sage/dill and parsley/cilantro/Thai basil.

For anyone who wants a few countertop herbs without the hassle, this product will let you garden without the fuss. All you need is a little patience while you watch your herbs grow. However, for those of you who are a little more thrifty, you should try making your own. I mean, it looks so easy! (We’ll even give you a little self-watering container cheat sheet to get you started.) If you tackle this as your next weekend project, we want to know. Send us pictures of your results!


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