Indoor gardening guide: what you need to start growing indoors
Maybe you don’t have a lot of outdoor space to garden. Maybe you want access to fresh herbs and vegetables all year round. Or maybe you just want to start the growing season early. Either way, now is a good time to consider starting indoor gardening. You can grow pesticide-free produce, herbs and more in the warmth of your own kitchen. You can sometimes save money on groceries and, of course, you get fresher than farm-fresh ingredients to cook with. There is also the option of starting the plants indoors and moving them outside once the risk of frost has finally passed.
To start indoor gardening, you will need the right equipment. We’ve found a number of great indoor gardening ideas, including affordable tabletop options, as well as larger, more expensive setups that include everything you need to go (and grow) big. Explore some popular upcoming indoor gardening options, from hydroponic gardens to simple seed starters.
Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 self-watering indoor garden
Grow herbs and vegetables with this self-watering indoor garden. The base of the planter has a built-in water reservoir for one month’s worth of water and is available in three colours. There’s an LED lamp arm, and the kit comes with three basil starter pods in a proprietary ground blend.
Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Self-Watering Indoor Garden, $140
Lettuce Grow The Farmstand
This self-watering and self-fertilizing Farmstand is available in five sizes and an indoor and outdoor version. If you are growing indoors, it is recommended that you also purchase the Glow Rings (indoor lights). Prices start at $348 to grow 12 plants; the larger version shown grows 36 plants. Lettuce Grow sells non-GMO vegetables, fruits and herbs that you can plant in The Farmstand.
Lettuce Grow The Farmstand, $348 and up
This indoor garden with LED grow light can grow up to six plants at a time. With this hydroponics grow kit, plants grow in water, not soil. The kit comes with an herb seed pack that includes Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil and mint, as well as a bottle of plant nutrients. The AeroGarden Harvest’s control panel automatically turns lights on and off and tells you when to add water and plant food.
AeroGarden Harvest, $131 (reduced from $150)
Vivosun 4 x 2 Grow Tent
If you’re concerned about the growing environment for your plants, consider a grow tent to create the perfect setup. Put new and mature plants in this tent with a 98% reflective interior, which increases their growth rate. It has an observation window that lets you see what’s going on inside and allows you to regulate humidity, temperature and lighting.
Vivosun 4 x 2 grow tent, $116
AeroGarden Farm 24XL with Salad Bar Pod Kit
This hydroponic garden grows up to 24 plants. It has height adjustable LED grow lights with automatic sunrise and sunset function. Its LED panel shows you your garden’s vital stats and reminds you to add water and plant food. You can even control its settings remotely via an app. It comes with pods that grow into heirloom lettuces, herbs, and other vegetables.
AeroGarden Farm 24XL with salad bar seed pod kit, $1,050
Just Vertical the indoor hydroponic garden Aeva
This splurge-worthy vertical hydroponic garden looks more like home furniture than gardening equipment. It contains 16 plants grown in water and a nutrient solution.
Just Vertical the Aeva Indoor Hydroponic Garden, $1,149 (reduced from $1,199)
Self-Watering Seed Starter
Or go the old-fashioned way with this self-watering seed starter kit. Just add soil and seeds. Place it on a windowsill to watch your seedlings grow, then replant them outdoors or in a pot. The porous terra cotta in the kit drains excess water, so the seedlings don’t get too wet.
Self-watering seed starter, $43