5 Best Small Indoor Garden Kits

By: Chris | Last Updated: October 13, 2021

Tired of wasting money on the smallest pack of herbs and only using a quarter of it, while the rest rots away in your fridge?

Too busy to build or maintain a garden?

Ditch the fast-rotting storebought produce, and start growing your own! These indoor garden kits are quick to set up and easy to maintain. If you have time to add a little water to the garden once a month, you have enough time to grow fresh herbs and veggies at home.

Say goodby to messy soil and the bugs that love it, all these indoor gardens are hydroponic. Plus, all of these options sport sleek designs that will make a great addition to your countertop!

Every garden option in this list has a proven record of high quality, and large supporting product lines for things like seed pods, and accessories.

Best Indoor Garden Kit for Busy Gardeners

AeroGarden Bounty

Product Dimensions: Width: 17.25”, Depth: 11.25”

AeroGarden - Bounty - Smart Indoor Garden
  • Grow up to 9 plants
  • Largest water capacity of countertop models
  • WiFi & Alexa compatible
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The Bounty is the largest countertop garden AeroGarden makes. It has room for up to 9 plants and a pretty large growing surface for bigger plants like cherry tomatoes.

While we’re on the topic of larger plants, the grow light can be extended up to 24 inches to make room for bushier plants. If you like growing peppers or tomatoes, this extra height will be much appreciated.

The AeroGarden Bounty is WiFi & Alexa enabled and can send important reminders to your phone via the AeroGarden app. If you’re constantly on the go, it can be a lifesaver when the app pops up reminding you to top off water or nutrients in the garden!

Setting the garden to “vacation mode” will reduce the Light On duration, and cut water usage almost in half. This is great if you’re going to be away from home for several days at a time.

AeroGarden has over 70 different seed pod varieties to choose from. The Bounty ships with a 9 pod starter kit that you select from 4 different options.

Starter kit options:
Gourmet Herbs Seed Pod Kit
Heirloom Salad Greens Seed Pod Kit
Cascading Petunias Seed Pod Kit
Golden Harvest Cherry Tomato Seed Pod Kit

Recommended Article: My Favorite AeroGarden Custom Seed Pod Kits

Best Low Maintenance Garden Kit

Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 PRO

Product Dimensions: Width: 24”, Depth: 7”

Click & Grow - Smart Garden 9
  • No plant food needed
  • Grow up to 9 plants
  • Holds up to a month worth of water
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Smart soil pods that automatically release nutrients to plants make Click and Grow gardens super unique. No need to buy, or remember to use plant food!

Click and Grow pre-seeded pods are slightly more expensive than those offered by AeroGarden, but when you consider not needing to add plant food the price difference is pretty much a wash.

The self-watering tank holds up to a month worth of water and automatically waters plants as needed.

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The Click and Grow mobile app allows you to create custom lighting schedules for your garden. The app will also send you plant care tips based on the growth stage of your plant, and will also let you know when the nutrients in the Smart Soil pod are about to run dry. When this happens it’s time to replace the plant with a new pre-seeded pod.

If you’re growing taller plants, the lamp height can be raised with extension arms (not included).

50+ pre-seeded pod varieties to choose from.

The Smart Garden 9 ships with 3 basil, 3 tomato, and 3 lettuce pre-seeded pods.

Best Small Herb Garden

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3

Click & Grow - Smart Garden 3
  • No plant food needed
  • Automated watering & lights
  • Grow up to 3 plants
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If you’re looking for a low-maintenance way to grow a few of your favorite herbs, the Smart Garden 3 is hard to beat.

Using the same Smart Soil plugs as the Smart Garden 9, there’s no worrying about plant food. Make sure the garden has water, and you’re good to grow!

Download the Click and Grow app to receive plant care tips throughout the growing cycle.

This is a perfect option if you’re short on space, or want to keep a few select herbs on hand for fresh culinary excellence.

The Smart Garden 3 ships with 3 pre-seeded basil pods.

All Click and Grow pods have a sprouting guarantee. If the pod doesn’t sprout, the company will replace it.

50+ compatible pre-seeded varieties of herbs, vegetables, & flowers.

Easy Organic Microgreens

Self Watering Indoor Microgreens Kit

Self Watering Indoor Microgreens Kit
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Microgreens are a lot of fun to grow because they grow so fast. Most microgreen varieties are ready to harvest in as little as 7 days. As fast growers, microgreen kits are great for introducing children to gardening.

I chose this kit from Mountain Valley Seed Company for one very important reason. MVSC is a certified organic seed producer located in the US, and I personally use and trust their products.

This kit comes with 6 organic microgreen seed varieties, 2 reusable BPA-free self-watering containers, a mister, and enough hydroponic micro mat confetti to grow all 6 varieties. You’ll also get step-by-step instructions and a couple of free microgreens recipes.

The hydroponic micro mat confetti is made from sustainably harvested wood.

No Mess Countertop Sprouts

Gardens Alive! Seed Sprouter

Gardens Alive! Seed Sprouter with Seeds Kit
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Fresh sprouts are a fun way to put a gourmet touch on meals. Buying them in grocery stores is expensive, and by the time you get them, they’re no longer fresh. Save money and bump up the quality of your sprouts by growing them on your kitchen counter. It’s easy!

No soil needed. Add seeds and water, then watch the magic happen.

This kit includes a two-tiered sprouter, so you can grow two of your favorite types of sprouts at the same time. A pack of Gurney’s Spring Salad Organic Sprouts is included with the kit.

This kit is stackable, and you can add up to 4 additional tiers to really get your sprout on.

One of my favorite things about growing sprouts is that you don’t need any sunlight to do it. This kit can go on the back corner of a countertop and grow perfectly.

Best of all, there’s no gooey mess like you can get when sprouting in mason jars.

My Recommended Indoor Garden Kit

AeroGarden and Click & Grow both make excellent indoor garden kits, but my personal favorite is the AeroGarden Bounty.

The Bounty wins for three reasons:

1. The kit ships with an adjustable grow light. This is really important when you start growing taller plants.
2. AeroGarden lets you choose what seed pod variety your garden ships with. I mean, who doesn’t want to pick what plants they grow!
3. The growing surface of the Bounty is almost 30 square inches larger than the Smart Garden 9. With both kits holding up to 9 plants, the Bounty provides an additional 3 inches of room per plant. That’s actually pretty important for providing good airflow through the garden.

Where to Buy Indoor Garden Kits

Do you want my advice? Buy your garden kit directly from the manufacturer.

Buying direct instantly builds a relationship between you and the company. You’ll have their support and accessory products at your fingertips. Plus, you’ll know your product warranty is legit. Amazon is plagued with counterfeit and unauthorized sellers. When you purchase a product from an unauthorized seller, the product doesn’t have a warranty.

Protect your investment, and buy direct from AeroGarden or Click and Grow!

Chris Cook started Happy Hydro Farm to share his passion for hydroponic gardening! Growing your own food is incredibly rewarding both physically and mentally. His mantra - "Take excellent care of your plants, and your plants will take excellent care of you."