7 Foolproof Products to Help You Grow a Garden Inside Your Home

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It can be tough to grow fresh vegetables at home when you don’t have enough yard space or free time to tend a full-blown garden. Fortunately, there's another way. Countertop gardening systems take the guesswork out of growing herbs and other plants at home. They’re easy to use, even if you’ve never planted a seed in your life. Many are hydroponic, meaning they don't even require soil.

Not sure where to start? Here are seven of the best indoor gardening systems you can buy online right now.

1. The BlueSkyGrow Indoor Vertical Garden; $97

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If you want to recreate the aesthetic of the verdant bouquets arrayed on the shelves of your local supermarket, this is one way to do it. BlueSkyGrow's hydroponic system lets you grow up to eight fresh herbs and flowers in your home, no soil necessary. No gardening experience? No problem. BlueSkyGrow's self-watering drip system will take care of all the plant maintenance for several days at a time, relieving you of any hands-on work. And a touch-screen control panel lets you know when to replenish the water supply.

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2. Click & Grow Smart Garden; $100

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If you’re looking to start an expansive in-home garden, you need the Click & Grow. It has more than 50 pre-seeded pods available, with options like basil, strawberries, and thyme. All you’ll have to do is add the seed pods and make sure the water reservoir is full—the planter will take care of the rest. You can also take advantage of the product’s app for some extra gardening tips.

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3. Mindful Design LED Indoor Herb Garden With Timer; $35

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If you’re looking for a garden with some decorative flair, this indoor herb garden from Mindful Design would look great on a kitchen counter or windowsill. It doesn't require any natural light—though it does need to be near an outlet. The apparatus is equipped with LED lights that switch on and off automatically to mimic a plant’s natural cycle. Unlike other indoor garden systems, this one doesn't require any special seed pods. Just grab a pot and add the seed or plant of your choice—as long as it won’t be too tall to fit—and watch it grow!

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4. Indoor Garden Growing Seed Starter Kit; $25


This indoor garden starter kit is a bit more involved than some of the other planters, but it’s perfect for those who want to exercise their green thumb. Inside you’ll find five biodegradable pots along with five non-GMO seed packets. When the herbs have gotten big enough, you can transport the previous seedlings into a larger pot. And when they’re ready to be enjoyed, you can take advantage of the kit’s herb grinder to easily incorporate them into meals.

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5. iGrowtek Indoor Herb Garden; $65


If you love the idea of a garden of your own but can’t commit to the maintenance of one, then the iGrowtek is the perfect setup. This apparatus is equipped with a self-timer, which controls its LED light—eight hours off and 16 hours on—so you won’t need to worry about your plants not getting any sun. The only thing you’ll need to remember to do is fill its self-watering pot once it’s empty.

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6. The Dragon-Lily Smart Succulent Planter; $40


Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a place that enjoys sunny weather year-round, indoor succulents can be surprisingly easy to kill. This “smart” pot from Dragon-Lily aims to make it a little easier to prolong the beauty of an indoor succulent, regardless of where you live. Its dimmable LED grow light is self-timed, and it also has built-in fans for ventilation purposes. If succulents aren’t your thing, you can also use it to grow a small moss garden.

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7. Spigo indoor garden; $65


This mini garden would be a good starter kit for someone who is new to gardening and wants to keep it simple. Like many of the products above, it relies on automatic LED lights, but you can also dim the lights at will. While it’s comparatively smaller than some of the other gardens on this list, it can still hold a few plants at once, including edible herbs, nettle plants, and succulents. It also features a water gauge, so you’ll always know when it’s time for a refill.

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