Organic food has never been more popular, with traditional grocery stores upping their organic game and Amazon getting in on the action with their Whole Foods buyout. If you truly want to know where your food comes from though, you need to grow it yourself.
For those of us without the time or space necessary to build a backyard farm, there are plenty of kits and devices out there that allow plants to practically grow themselves — and they all fit nicely on a kitchen counter.
Low Tech — non-electronic options to get your hands (a little) dirty
By far the easiest kit on this list, the organic mushroom farm is pretty hard to screw up. Everything comes in a box ready to go. You just cut open the box, mist with water, and in 10 days you’ll have a beautiful bloom of mushrooms to add to your pizza or stir fry. Best of all, once you harvest the first batch, you can turn the box around and start growing all over again.
These little shoots are packed with both flavor and nutrients, and with this Grow ‘n Serve kit they’re also super easy to grow in your kitchen. As an added bonus, the planter tray is pretty enough that you can use it as a centerpiece, allowing dinner guests to cut their own greens.
Another one that’s cute enough to show off is this self-watering tomato planter. Hidden inside the (totally instagrammable) mason jar is a porous clay pot that releases water into the soil as the plant needs it. It also comes with fertilizer spikes to feed your tomatoes as they grow. If tomatoes aren’t your jam, they also have herbs.
High Tech — gadgets meet gardening with these electronic growers
We’ve written about this baby before, but it’s worth reminding you how cool it still is. This sleek planter is self watering and comes with built-in LED lights so that you can grow your own indoor garden all year round. It comes with little pods filled with soil and seeds that click right into the device. Just add water to the base and plug it in. Once you’ve gotten the most out of your pods, you can order more, or reuse the ones you have by adding your own seeds.
The gardening supply giant Miracle-Gro has also branched out into the LED-garden game, with their AeroGarden. This device works much in the same way the Click and Grow garden does, but it has twice as many room for pods. It also has a larger light source for more coverage, but the reviews do say that it can add to your electricity bill quite a bit. Still, you might end up saving money from the sheer volume of plants you’re growing yourself instead of buying them at the grocery store.