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What We’re Loving: Foodie Garden At-Home Gardening Kits

What We’re Loving: Foodie Garden At-Home Gardening Kits

Having a green thumb has never been easier

Grow tomatoes in your kitchen!

If you’ve ever had trouble planting a garden, or just don’t want to slave away at your crops in the sweltering summer heat, these Foodie Garden Kits are perfect for your lifestyle. Available in XXX Peppers, Basil-O-Holic, and Tomato Takeover, flavor could be within arm's length if you just follow the simple directions and let the kit do its thing.

The kit includes a tin planter, three coco fiber waters, seeds, and step-by-step instructions on how to grow your food quickly and reliably.

With what you produce from these mini gardens, you could whip up a delicious summer tomato salad, add spice to a stew or plate of fish tacos, create a speedy simple caprese appetizer — the possibilities are endless! Who doesn’t love easy, fast, and delicious? Not to mention a kit is only about $24, and assuming you follow the directions and use the plants often, you’ll earn back your money in grocery store produce in no time! We’re all about doing it yourself, growing local, and being creative, so get out there and get growing.


Organic Mushroom Grow Kit

The Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Grow Kit is the easiest way to grow your own organic & gourmet mushrooms at home! Just open, spray daily with the included mister, and in 10 days you'll be harvesting your own mushrooms right out of the box! The perfect holiday gift for foodie, garden-loving and eco-conscious friends & family.

Variety: Pearl Oyster Mushrooms

Key Features

-Grows in just 10 days
-Everything included
-100% Organic & Non-GMO
-Proudly made in Michigan, USA
-#GrowOneGiveOne - share a pic, and we'll donate a kit to a classroom of your choice!
-Each crop produces 3-4 servings of pearl oyster mushrooms, and each box can grow up two crops!

Everything Included!

-Organic plant-based soil infused with mushroom spawn
-Spray mister
-Discovery Booklet with growing and harvesting instructions, delicious recipes, and fun activities!
-FREE downloadable curriculum for kids to learn about the science behind mushrooms
-100% Guaranteed to Grow promise: All Back to the Roots Indoor Gardening Kits are backed by this promise – if your kit doesn't grow as described, we'll replace it free of charge


Windowsill Gardening Kits That'll Kick-Start Your Green Thumb

Let&aposs bring a little life inside our windows with an indoor windowsill herb garden. These windowsill herb garden kits are perfect for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. They&aposll have your fresh basil, chives, thyme, rosemary, mint, and more at-the-ready the next time you&aposre dishing it up in the kitchen. There&aposs nothing like fresh herbs to kick-up whatever you&aposve got cooking, and these windowsill herb garden kits will be just the ticket to get you growing in a flash. Many of the options we&aposve featured here have self-watering functions that come in handy for putting those herb gardens on autopilot. Others feature seed pods, special fibrous soil, and even an LED light for making your garden grow. We still managed to include a few no-frills picks that are great for kitchen gardeners who don&apost mind a daily check in with their little shrubs.

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Each box includes a planter tub, six quarts of fiber soil, and instructions on how to make the most of your window garden. It is narrow enough to fit in many small spaces like behind the kitchen sink or perched on a windowsill. A passive hydroponic system allows the proper balance of water and oxygen to enable the plants to thrive, and the water level indicator takes the guesswork out of the self-watering function.

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This 34-piece kit comes with everything you need to create your very own herb garden including a set of nine reusable pots, nine packets of seeds, and nine bamboo markers.

Because there are no drainage holes, opt for herb varieties that take less watering or drill a number of small holes in the bottom of the liner. You can easily lift it out to water and drain before placing it back in the wood planter.

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You’ll find a million uses for these rustic little pots, but our favorite has to be when they’re overflowing with fresh herbs. Each pot measures 4.1 inches by 4.1 inches.

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Seed capsules, a water storage tank that can last 25 days, and a growth stimulating light take the guesswork out of growing fresh herbs. The LED light has an adjustable arm so you can raise it as your herbs grow.

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A set of three windowsill herb planter boxes will have the windows all over your home sprouting with fresh herbs. The self-watering, rectangular pots feature deeper wells to allow the roots to really take hold for maximum growth potential.

This set includes a bamboo planter box, three pots perfectly sized for small herbs, a drainage tray, and chalk for labeling all of your greens. Use it indoors on a windowsill or outside on a back porch table or porch railing.

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We love these individual rustic planters for their versatility. Cluster them all together or spread them throughout your favorite light-filled indoor spaces to bring a bit of green throughout your home. Each set comes with slate markers, germination bags, and fiber soil—a must for ensuring your herbs thrive.

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This set of hand-hammered pots will add a dose of charm and style to your space. Each pot is designed to hold a 4-inch potted plant and can be removed from the tray for easy watering.

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The water level indicator will ensure your plant never goes thirsty and a water injection port makes quick work of the refill. The kit comes with four coco coir disks that create 1 quart of wet soil when soaked in 500 mL of water. Because there are no nutrients in the disk, it’s best to add fertilizer to the mix before planting.


Indoor Plants

Using pink plants as part of your decor is an easy way to bring unexpected color into the mix. Big foliage will add dramatic flair while smaller, more compact foliage will add softness. Here are a few pink-leafed houseplants that you can rely on for adding a little rosiness to your indoor garden.

Also called nerve plant, mosaic plant (Fittonia albivenis) is a trailing plant with deeply veined leaves. Those veins can be white or deep pink, which makes each leaf look like a mosaic or stained-glass window. This plant will thrive in indoor containers, and because it stays small, it's especially good for terrariums.

Size: Usually under 6 inches

Light: Indirect light (avoid direct light, which can make the leaves crisp up)

Watering: Keep evenly moist, adding water when the surface of the soil is just barely dry

Dracaena marginata is notable for its long, narrow leaves and slender, woody stems. Over time, these tropical-looking plants can get up to eight feet tall! Dragon trees are tolerant of neglect, so they're a good option if you're a forgetful or busy plant parent.

Size: 3-8 feet, depending on variety

Light: Can tolerate low to bright light, but its pink color will look best if it's grown in bright light (just avoid full sun)

Water: Whenever soil is dry to the touch

Like the same suggests, polka dot plants have spotted, mottled leaves that come in white, pink, or red. When in their natural habitat, these plants can get up to 3 feet tall when grown indoors, they tend to stay smaller and more compact so they work well in terrariums.

Size: Up to 3 feet, but potted plants will usually be smaller

Light: Bright, indirect light

Watering: Keep soil moist, especially in the summer water less during its winter dormancy

Chinese evergreens are popular, easy-care foliage houseplants, and the varieties with pink patterns on their glossy leaves are especially interesting. These plants do well in most types of light, including dimmer spaces most other plants will sulk in.

Size: 1-3 feet tall

Light: Can tolerate indirect sunlight or medium- to low-light conditions

Watering: Water regularly, but let the plant dry out a little between waterings

These types of begonias offer an array of leaf shapes, colors, and patterns from one variety to the next, and plenty of them have pink hues. They need bright, indirect sunlight so their leaves stay as colorful as possible.

Size: Up to 2 feet tall

Light: Medium to bright light

Watering: Water when the soil is just beginning to dry out

This plant is like an optical illusion: Stromanthe looks different from pretty much every angle. The top of the green leaves feature white variegation, but if you look at it from below, you'll see a surprise underneath: the underside of the leaves is variegated pink and red. Stromanthe is native to rain forests, so be sure to put them in a place that is warm and humid.

Size: 2-3 feet tall

Light: Bright, indirect light

Watering: Let the top inch of soil dry out before watering

Because of its delicate and showy leaf patterns, calathea is also known as zebra plant, peacock plant, and rattlesnake plant. Calatheas are sometimes called prayer plants, too, because they fold their leaves up at night.

Size: Up to 3 feet

Light: Low to medium indirect light

Watering: Water regularly, but let the soil surface dry to the touch between waterings

A close relative of the fiddle leaf fig tree, rubber plant (Ficus elastica) can have deep green, burgundy, or even white-striped leaves. In the 1900s, the milky sap from this plant was used to make rubber, helping it earn its common name.

Size: Up to six to 10 feet indoors up to 100 feet outdoors

Light: Medium to bright indirect light

Watering: Water every week or two (rubber plants don't like to get too dry)

Even though it's technically a succulent and not a tree, African milk tree (Euphorbia trigona) can still reach impressive heights indoors and outside. Usually, the stems will stay green, but each one can produce dozens of tiny pinkish-red leaves.

Size: Up to three feet indoors up to nine feet outdoors

Light: Bright, indirect light

Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist

At first, arrowhead plants usually grow upright for a few months, but they'll eventually start to develop trailing stems (you can prune these back at any time to help keep the plant compact). As the leaves unfurl, they can be a subtle pink, green, white, or silver.

Size: Up to 3 feet

Light: Low to medium

Watering: Water when the top inch of soil is dry

You can find plenty of pink succulents, but among the easiest to grow as houseplants are echeverias. Some varieties with pink coloring include 'Perle von Nurnberg' (with pale pink centers) and 'Meridian' (with ruffled pink edges).

Size: Up to 8 inches

Light: Bright, direct light

Watering: Let the soil dry out completely between waterings


3. Choose the Spot for Your Garden

No matter where you put your garden or what you decide to plant, there are two basic requirements that your location needs to meet for the best success: water and light.

Lots of Sunlight Is a Must

Like all plants, vegetables need the sun to kick-start photosynthesis. The fastest-growing vegetables need full sun (at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day) without blockage from trees, shrubs, or fences. That’s why you won’t have much success if you plant sun-loving vegetables in shady spaces. If your yard provides partial shade, plant vegetables and herbs that tolerate those conditions, such as lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, chives, cilantro, parsley, and thyme. Root vegetables like carrots, radishes, and beets might also work if your site gets at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. Or if you have a sunny patio, switch to container gardening. That way you can place sun-loving vegetables and herbs such as tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, basil, dill, and rosemary, where they’ll do well.

Think About Convenient Water Access

The closer you can site your plot to a water source, the better. You&aposll need to be able to water frequently during the first few weeks after seeds germinate or seedlings are transplanted to help these fragile plants produce strong roots and stems. Once your plants are established, it&aposs better to give your garden a long drink every few days rather than a little sprinkle every day. Then the water will move deeper into the soil, which encourages roots to grow deeper, where they’re better able to access nutrients they need to stay healthy. Consider installing soaker houses or drip irrigation on a timer to help minimize water waste and the time you need to spend watering.


17 Indoor Herb Gardens That Will Add New Life to Your Kitchen

Nothing livens up a dish like fresh herbs, which is why you should always have some on hand. The best way to do that? Grow them right inside your home. Whether you just want some fresh thyme or you're looking to grow a variety of herbs, there are plenty of gorgeous indoor planters and gardens to shop.

From vertical garden planters to stackable ones, we rounded up the best herb garden planters, systems, and kits for every budget. Not only will they look great in your kitchen (or wherever you choose to display them), but they&rsquoll also add flavor to your meals year-round. If you're more of a gardening beginner, look out for self-watering options and easy-to-use kits. Don&rsquot have a ton of room? There are also hanging and mounted herb gardens, which are ideal for small spaces. You'll have fresh herbs at your fingertips in no time.

This triple hanging planter would make a great home to any plants, but it would be an especially stylish place to grow three of your favorite, most-used herbs.

This self-watering system allows you to grow up to eight herbs at a time, making it the perfect pick for big families or avid chefs.

Add a modern farmhouse upgrade to your kitchen with these mason jar herb gardens. They use a passive hydroponic system that ensures your plants get enough nutrients and moisture. In other words, you don't need a green thumb to grow your favorite herbs.


The 12 Best Kits + Tools to Get Kids Hooked on Gardening

Foster an interest in both indoor and outdoor gardening with these educational hands-on kits and kid-sized tools.

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Whether you're eager to work with your kids to create a garden plot in the backyard filled with vegetables or plant a small indoor herb garden on the kitchen table, there are lots of ways to help foster a lifelong love of gardening in your children. From pint-sized garden tools made for digging in the dirt to eye-catching terrariums designed to stay inside, we've compiled the essentials you need to get kids started with gardening.

Kids' Gardening Set

Grow their love of gardening and the environment with this 10-piece gardening set. They'll be able to easily tote their hand spade, shovel, rake and watering can around in the canvas bag. Stakes marked with herb and veggie names help kids keep track of their plantings.

Kids' Garden Kit

When starting a new project with kids, keep it simple — for you and the kids. This kit makes the whole process foolproof with seed packets, seed-growing peat pellets and a grow tray with a fitted dome. The included guide walks you through it step-by-step.

Kids' Wheelbarrow

This kid-sized metal wheelbarrow is just right for backyard planting projects of all sizes. Little ones will love hauling around soil, mulch and gardening tools. Easy-grip handles and a chunky front wheel makes it easy for kids to push, pull and dump the wheelbarrow as they help lead family garden projects.

Kids' Indoor Herb Garden Kit

In addition to teaching your kids about how plants grow, show them how to use the fruits of their labors in the kitchen. This adorable set has everything you need for planting three different herbs, as well as recipes to try out with your kids when the herbs are ready to harvest.

Kids' Window Garden

Known for their fun and educational subscription boxes, KiwiCo also offers one-off buys for individual projects. Grow green beans and squash right on your windows with these see-through window boxes. The design allows kids to experience each budding moment of their sprouts.

Paint + Plant Flower Growing Kit

Let their creativity shine! In addition to planting an arrangement of marigolds, cosmos and zinnias, your kids get to put their personal stamp on the galvanized planter. Use the included paints and brushes to create a colorful masterpiece.

Tree-Growing Seed Kits

Best for the south and southwest regions of the U.S., these tree kits are a great way to get kids interested in our oxygen-making friends. Seeds will sprout in 10 to 24 days, and the trees take years to grow. Photo-loving parents, take a picture of your kid beside their growing tree each year for a memorable way to see your little ones' change over time.

Calming Water Garden Grow Kit

No dirt needed for this garden — just add water. Lay the layer of volcanic gravel on the bottom of the terrarium, and sprinkle the tropical plant seeds throughout to create a soothing waterscape. Bright green blooms bring life and artistry to your kiddo's room.

Kids' Watermelon Science Grow Kit

Help your kiddos learn about how food goes from seed to fruit with this guaranteed-to-grow kit. The Latino-owned company walks you through step-by-step how to grow a jumbo watermelon with organic seeds and soil, as well as a compostable and plantable pot.

Plant a Pizza Garden

Your kids will love homemade pizza night even more with this garden kit that comes with everything you need to take your pizza-making skills to the next level. Kids can plant seeds for basil, oregano, tomatoes and peppers in the round tray provided and move the plants over to bigger containers as the plants grow.

Enchanted Fairy Garden

Nature-loving children will be enchanted (naturally) by this colorful fairy garden craft kit. This hands-on kit allows children to paint and personalize the potting dish, whimsical fairy house and miniature toadstools. Colorful gemstones, flowers and glitter give the fairy garden even more sparkle and pizzazz. Like magic, seeds begin to sprout within two to four days of planting them in the soil. This fun STEAM-based activity mixes science with art, allowing kids to care for plant life and add personality to their own delightful indoor garden.

Kids' Garden Collection

For those eager to take the gardening fun outside, this children's garden kit offers a wonderful introduction to growing and nurturing organic vegetables. The kit includes seeds for easy-to-grow organic vegetables, such as carrots, tomatoes, snap peas and cucumbers. Inside the box, you'll also find easy-to-understand care instructions, which are just right for first-time gardeners. Planting diagrams and spacing tips let kids know where to place their seeds and how far apart to bury each type of seed for maximum success.


11 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts for the Food-Loving Mom

You still have time to get mom an extra-special gift this year!

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Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 9, and if you haven't thought about a gift yet, now's the time to start. Whether you want to ship her some chocolate covered strawberries or share some quality time with her in a cooking class, we rounded up a list of gifts that will make it her way just in time for Mother's Day.

Mother’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries

A batch of chocolate-covered strawberries are an iconic gift for a reason — they’re the ideal combination of decadent and fruity and always arrive looking beautiful. Pick between strawberries that come with bouquets of flowers, dipped in milk or white chocolate or covered in nuts and chocolate chips.

Tea Forte Jardin Teatime Gift Set

If you want to surprise your mom with the smell of fresh flowers in her house every day, but don’t want to overwhelm her with actual flowers, this tea is the perfect gift. Tea Forte create a tea blend to perfectly replicate the experience of getting fresh flowers. It’s the perfect gift for the mom who loves waking up or going to bed with a relaxing cup of tea. Plus, the beautiful scarf is a gift she'll be able to use even when the tea runs out.

Blue Apron Mother’s Day Meal Kit

For the mom who is looking for a break in the kitchen, surprise her with one of Blue Apron’s meal kits fit for Mother’s Day. You can choose from a Truffle & Fontina Quiche with Arugula & Pistachio Salad for brunch, Lime Butter Scallops & Spring Vegetable Rice with Peanut Butter Buckeyes for dinner or a wine bundle that include Pinot Grigio, Rose and Sauvignon Blanc. If you’re unable to get together in person with your mom this year, this also makes for the perfect virtual activity the two of you can do with each other.

Vinebox

The nine wines in this wine box, which include Malbec from the south of France and a bolder wine from the highest peak in Spain, are not only a great gift due to their quality and taste, but also because of the beautiful box and bottles they come in. If your mom is a red-wine lover, this gift is a no-brainer for her.

Ēdn’s SmallGarden

Skip the bouquet of flowers this year and give your mom something that will last a little longer. This garden will give mom the ability to grow her own flowers, herbs and vegetables year-round. It’s the perfect gift for the mom with the green thumb who wants to bring her hobby indoors for the winter (or the mom who needs a little help in the gardening category!).

You’re My Hero Care Package from Seattle Chocolate

Give your mom a care package that truly shows her how you feel. With this You’re My Hero cake package, she’ll get three truffle bars embossed with the sweet message as well as a bag of truffles that lets her know how much you love spending time with her. Plus, when ordering from this woman-owned brand, you’ll also be contributing to Mary’s Place, which is a Seattle-based organization that helps women and children out of homelessness.

Bake Me a Wish

For a sweet treat that is as beautiful as it is delicious, opt for cupcake bouquets to put a small on mom’s face. Plus, since this gift arrives the next day, it’s the perfect solution for last-minute gifting. Pick from a 12-piece or 9-piece flower or rose cupcake bouquet, and send them overnight with a personalized card to your loved one.

HomeChef by MakiMaki

For the mom who has been missing her nights out for dinner, give her the experience of a restaurant-quality sushi meal from NYC’s MakiMaki restaurant that she can create at home. All kits come with sushi rice, a rolling mat wasabi, soy sauce and sashimi-grade fish. The standard kit comes with Salmon, Hamachi, Tuna and Kanikama (crab meat), and the premium kit comes with Bluefin Toro, Salmon Toro, Hamachi and Salmon.

Signature Collection and Vegan Collection from Mochidoki

This 24-piece signature collection of mochi from NYC’s Mochidoki is the perfect gift for the mom who loves to top off every night with a sweet treat. The 12 best-selling flavors include Chocolate, Strawberry, Vegan Passionfruit, Coconut, Salted Caramel, Vegan Coconut, plus some flavors take it up a notch including Birthday Cake, Raspberry Crunch and Dark Chocolate Mochi.

Rainbow Bagel Making Kit from FarmSteady

Thanks to these kits from FarmSteady, everyone has access to the rainbow bagels that took over social media. In this kit, you’ll find everything you need to create the vibrant, Insta-worthy bagels including mix, gel food coloring and baking yeast. Start Mother’s Day brunch off with a fun activity for the whole family. No matter how your colorful swirl ends up, you’ll at least be ensured a delicious bagel at the end.


Lowe's Is Giving Away Free Gardening Kits This Month

If you don't have spring break plans, you're not alone. In a recent survey from Lowe's, 70% of people responded that they don't plan to take a leisure trip until late summer. That being said, the retailer wants to help consumers jazz up these next couple of months of warm weather by helping them turn their homes into the ultimate destination this spring.

In April, Lowe's will host SpringFest, a new home and garden experience that will feature special events, markdowns on our favorite warm-weather products, travel-inspired content, and more. Throughout the month, customers will be able to learn new skills through online and in-store demos in select stores. Think: lawn care maintenance with Scotts and paint demos with Sherwin-Williams. All events will follow safety and social distancing guidelines.

In addition, Lowe's will also be giving away free Garden-to-Go kits every Thursday in April starting on the 8th. To receive your complimentary kit, all you have to do is head on over to Lowes.com starting April 1st to reserve one. You can then pick it up the following Thursday during a special curbside event. There will be a different Garden-to-Go kit each week — two of which will come in unique packaging.

Lowe's shared a few details about the four kits complimentary kits.

The Garden-to-Go kit sponsored by Miracle-Gro, available on April 8, includes a Bonnie Foodie Fresh Plant, 8-quart Miracle-Gro Potting Mix, 8-oz Miracle-Gro All Purpose Water Soluble Plant Food, gloves, and exclusive recipes from professional cook and food stylist Amanda Frederickson.

The Lowe's Mystery Garden Pinata by CAMP, available on April 15, includes a biodegradable flower pinata, mystery seed bombs, and mystery growfetti.

On April 22, the Garden-to-Go kits include tree saplings given out in honor of Earth Day (species varies by region).

Lowe's by CAMP Butterfly Quest, available on April 29, includes wooden pieces to assemble and decorate, paint, a paintbrush and milkweed seeds to help families create a butterfly garden.


Organic Methods Of Raising Soil pH for Acid-Loving Plants

An application of finely ground limestone, also known as liming, is a widely-used method of increasing the pH of the soil. Apply lime in the spring when turning the soil, because reaction time for limestone is enhanced when moisture levels are high and soil temperatures are warmer.

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Wood ash enhances soil pH. Wood ash is a good source of phosphorous, magnesium, aluminum, potassium, as well as an excellent source of calcium. For generations, apple and stone fruit farmers have spread the ashes from wood stoves and fireplaces around the bases of their orchard trees to improve the soil and encourage fruit production. Use only wood ash, not charcoal briquettes, artificial logs, or coal ash.

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Dolomite, a naturally occurring rock, is an excellent additive for soil where magnesium and calcium are low. However, it should be used in moderation as constant applications may result in a nutrient imbalance. Dolomite is a blend of one-part magnesium and two-parts calcium or a 2:1 ratio. The ideal soil ratio of calcium and magnesium should be around 5:1.

Other Soil Additives

Some gardeners recommend amending the soil with peat moss to make it more acidic. However, many varieties of peat moss you’ll find in the U.S. are actually neutral or slightly acidic. Canadian sphagnum peat moss, on the other hand, has a higher pH level. It’s also worth noting that the use of peat moss is a bit controversial, as it isn’t super sustainable. You can read more about peat moss here.

Coffee grounds are another soil additive worth mentioning. Though they are fine to add to the garden, they won’t increase your soil’s pH long-term and don’t necessarily do anything for acid-loving plants.

One organic material that doesn’t increase soil acidity is pine needles. This is a common gardening myth, given that the needles are acidic. And though the needles themselves are acidic, they don’t have the capacity to turn the soil acidic. They are, however, a great addition to the garden in the form of mulch.