Seed Starter Kits and Supplies to Jump-Start Your Garden
A seed starter kit is a great way to garden even when there's snow on the ground — check out our picks for kits and supplies.
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Seed Starting Supplies
For gardeners, winter can feel like the longest (and least colorful!) season. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep your green thumb happy even when the ground is covered with snow. Whether you use a seed starter kit or plant your own seeds, there are many ways to start a garden indoors.
Check out these products that’ll help you get an indoor start on your spring growing.
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Cultivated Seed Starter Kit Gift Box
If you’re searching for a present for a gardener with a winter birthday, this seed start box is a perfect present. Zucchini, yellow pear tomato, brandywine tomato, market cucumber and five-alarm hot pepper seeds are all included, along with rice paper leak-proof growing bags, OMRI-listed soil and coconut husks for draining, planting, transplanting and harvest directions, hand-tied garden stakes and a sweet handwritten card. Given everything that’s in the box, it’s probably a good idea to get two: One for a friend, and one for you!
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Salad Seed Starter Kit
If you’re looking to grow your own dinner when spring and summer arrive, look no further than this super-simple seed starter kit from True Leaf Market. It has everything you need to start growing salad ingredients indoors; seeds (enough for multiple plantings), compressed soil pucks, a humidity dome and more. Also check out the best microgreens kits you can grow indoors.
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Organic Culinary Herb Garden Kit
Start growing basil, sage, thyme, parsley and cilantro before spring’s first thaw with this super-convenient kit. Spade to Fork’s Organic Herb Garden Starter Kit comes with plenty beyond the seeds, too — it includes soil discs, instruction pamphlets, compostable peat pots and too-cute plant markers. Psst—gardeners will love these perfect gifts for plant lovers.
4-Tier Zipped Greenhouse
Keeping seedlings at the proper temperature and dampness is essential to their growth, outside and inside. That’s where this nifty greenhouse comes in. With it, you can allow trays of seedlings to sprout in the comfort of your own home. You can also use this outdoors on your deck or balcony to harden off seedlings and young plants before moving them into your garden beds. Northern gardeners can store potted plants inside the zipped tent to extend the growing season. These indoor garden kits are great for every type of gardener.
Gardener’s Seed-Saving Kit
This convenient kit makes it easy to get started on next year’s garden even before the first snow falls. With the helpful charts in this kit — which includes a seed-saving chart, among others — it’s easy to harvest, preserve and organize your favorite seeds. As a result, it’s simple, and fun, to get ahead on next year’s planting.
Seed-Starting Heat Mat
Heat mats are necessary to ensure the soil for your seedlings is kept at the proper temperature for germination, and this heat mat from Burpee is an excellent choice for your indoor garden. It warms soil temperature 10 to 20 degrees above the ambient temperature, and even better yet, it’s water-resistant. No need to worry about spills! Check out these gardening subscription boxes if you like getting plants in the mail.
Coconut Coir Pots
Go plastic-free this growing season with these biodegradable coconut coir seed starting pots. Each pack of 24 pots comes with a free packet of herb seeds (choose from 9 different varieties). Reviewers say these pots are the perfect size for starting seeds.
Plant Watering Mister
Just as essential as keeping seedlings at the right temperature? Giving them the right amount of water. Doing that has never been easier with this glass plant watering mister. Also, it’s quite pretty, too: Choose from multiple colors.
Seed-Starting Potting Mix
When you’re trying to start seedlings indoors, your best bet for success is a mix formulated to help them grow strong roots. That’s where Espoma’s Seed Starting Mix comes in. Featuring ingredients like peat moss, peat humus and enhanced with Myco-tone, this mix is a perfect choice for your garden before it can start growing in springtime soil. Keep the indoor garden fun going with mushroom growing kits and logs.
Bamboo Plant Tags
It’s important to label your seed pots so that you remember what you planted and know what’s sprouting! These bamboo plant tags are an attractive alternative to plastic that you can reuse for years.
SuperSeed Seed-Starting Tray
Starting seedlings has never been easier than with Burpee’s SuperSeed tray. It features 36 flexible cells (so the plants aren’t stressed as they grow). And the tray is easy to clean and reuse in the next growing season. If you like it, it’s available in two other sizes. Got succulents? These adorable mini-planters suit any decorating style.
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Gardener’s Ultimate Seed Starting Tool Set
You’ll have all the tools you need to sow seedling success with this all-inclusive, exclusive set from Gardener’s Supply Company. It includes a seedling widger, a cell tray tamper, two cell tray trowels and a dribble.
Making pots for your seedlings has never been easier. With Burpee’s Seed-Starting PotMaker, it’s fun and simple to turn old newspaper (or as reviewers say, junk mail or wrapping paper) into biodegradable pots. Even better, the device is made from solid maple, so it’ll last for years.
Hand Carved Seed Storage Box
This wooden seed storage box from Terrain is so pretty, you’ll want to keep it on display year-round, not just during seed starting season. Even after planting, keep the packets handy to check on growing tips. It’s also a good way to remember your favorite varieties when it comes time to order from seed catalogs again.
Self Watering Seedling Starter
If you’re a forgetful gardener (aren’t we all, sometimes?), this helpful self watering seed starter from Uncommon Goods will make sure your precious tomato seedlings don’t get thirsty. Just add more water about once a week.
Herb Garden Starter Kit
This adorable herb garden starter kit from Urban Leaf is ideal for foodies and home cooks with limited garden space. Each box includes seed packets for eight different dwarf varieties of kitchen herbs that you can use in recipes. Just add water to activate the soil discs, then plant your seeds. You’ll be harvesting fresh herbs in just a few weeks!
Two-Tier Lighting Cart
Seedlings need bright, direct light to thrive—unfortunately your windowsill may not cut it. This two-tier lighting cart is compact enough to fit into a corner and will accommodate two large trays of baby plants. Discover butterfly flowers that are easy to grow from seed.