Though the first few days of spring have been unseasonably chilly, they haven’t stopped images of perfect picnics, tasty bbq and fresh green sprouts from floating in my head. Luckily, there’s no need to wait for the ground to thaw to get growing; just add water and sun to one of these windowsill herb gardens. Quick Tip: While you wait for signs of sprouting, keep your seedlings moist by covering them with a plastic bag each night. Click to the next page to see four kits that are easy enough even for absent-minded gardeners-in-training. – Erica Policow
Go ahead and crack open this egg, but don’t expect a fuzzy little chick
to pop out. Inside the porous ceramic egg (in a terra cotta tray) is a little plant waiting to hatch. But remember, even though these aren’t real eggshells they are still very delicate and will break if you’re not careful. Your new plant (choose from eight herbs and flowers) will grow for five months in an egg, after which you can plant it in the ground. Click here for more instructions. Buy them at elsewares.com, $9 each.
Garden in a Bag
What could be easier than growing herbs in the package they come in?
With Garden in a Bag you can do just that. These plants grow best if
you keep them in a warm spot (I put mine on top of the fridge) until
signs of the first sprouts, then move them into the sun and don’t
forget to water! Buy them at sprouthome.com. Nine to choose from, $7.50 each.
Chia Herb Garden
If you’re scared your green thumb is a little brown, try your hand at gardening with the Chia Herb Garden. The failsafe Chia growing sponge makes sprouting herbs in your own home a sure thing — and with six different seed packets in every kit you’ll be seasoning like a chef in no time. Available at Amazon; $15 for four pots, five herbs.
Magic Bean For You
Jack’s got nothing on your beanstalk. This amazing little pod will sprout its own special message; You can choose one with a random message (like “hello”) or one that says “I love you.” Or, get fancy and order a bean with a customized logo or word. Best of all, they will keep on growing and growing for months. Order at magicbeanforyou.com, $10 each.