Clear your windowsills and get ready for this year's best herb garden kits

Sustainable harvests are making a comeback, but you don't have to be a farmer to do your part. Enter herb garden kits, an excellent starting point. They're versatile, affordable, and will brighten up your windowsill, countertop, small city apartment, or plots outdoors. A plus? Most if not all of the components in these kits are completely recyclable, and compostable! Check out our crop of the best herb garden kits out there right now, and don't be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Another day in subherbia

Garden Republic Herbs In the 'Burbs Seed Starter Kit

Staff Pick

Maybe it's just me, but I can't turn down a good pun. Garden Republic's "Herbs in the 'Burbs" kit has four culinary basics: cilantro, English thyme, Italian parsley, and Genovese basil. This family-owned company's seed stock is certified USDA organic, and non—GMO. This kit offers waterproofed burlap bags and soil discs for planting. If you're worried about space, all four bags can be nestled in the wooden box the kit comes in. Plus, Garden Republic has additional kits available for crop diversity: succulents and cacti, salsa veggies, hot peppers, unusual vegetables like romanesco and purple dragon carrots, herbal teas (a personal favorite), and even bonsai trees.

$25 at Amazon

For tea aficionados

Garden Republic Herbal Tea Garden

Sometimes, you need some tea to start or wind down your day, but what if you don't want the caffeine? Consider another winner from Garden Republic: a thoughtful selection of certified organic and non-GMO traditional herbal teas geared toward relaxation and immunity. Like all Garden Republic kits, it's compact and a space-saver. These seeds have been tested at 90% and higher germination rates, a stainless steel tea infuser ball is included, and you'll even find catnip for your feline friends!

$18 at Amazon

Farm to table flavor

Spade to Fork Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit

This kit was such a close contender for my staff pick. Spade to Fork, much like AeroGarden, promises 100% growth success. Family–owned as well, Spade to Fork might even offer the most eco–friendly kit of the bunch. The seeds come in paper tubes and the pots are made of air dried sphagnum peat. The included seed markers are made of woodburned bamboo, and are downright adorable.

$27 at Amazon

Laughing alone with salad

AeroGarden Heirloom Salad Greens Seed Pod Kit

Ah, AeroGarden; the Cadillac of hydroponic countertop cultivation. While they do offer other kits, hear me out! There's just so much variety and color in this group of nine heirloom salad greens that it feels remiss not to include it. AeroGarden always guarantees 100% seed germination, and this fully hydroponic kit will arrive with liquid plant food, grow domes, and a step-by-step growing guide. Pop these pods into any AeroGarden model, and prepare for salad...