It doesn’t matter if you’re blessed with a big backyard or tasked with an urban, tiny outdoor garden space; if you’ve got sunlight and water, you’ve got yourself a garden. There’s no better feeling than seeing your seedling sprout into something edible, and sustaining yourself and your loved ones on food you’ve grown gives a special kind of satisfaction. Plus, fresh herbs will take your swoon-worthy spiralized salads and dump dinner crockpot recipes to the next level. If you’re feeling intimidated, start small! We’ve cultivated a list of nine essentials that will make your first foray into gardening a breeze.
1. B+C Flower Arranging Online Class ($19): April showers bring May flowers, and there’s no doubt your patio boxes will be running over with some beautiful blossoms all season long. Take our quick and dirty online floral arranging class to get some seriously chic tips on how to make your flowers look their blooming best.
2. Modern Sprout Kraft Seed Starter Kit ($17): If it’s not quite the time to start tilling soil and pulling weeds where you live, you can still get a head start on your garden. These wonderful herb seedlings sprout in their biodegradable packaging. Once they’re ready to plant, just bury the whole kit in the dirt. You’re sustaining the Earth and your health in one go.
3. Noted Basil-O-Holic Foodie Garden Kit ($20): Tomatoes and basil are the peanut butter and jelly of summertime snacking. When your tomato plants are plentiful, experiment with these three varieties of basil, along with our DIY mozzarella kit. You’ll never get tired of eating fresh caprese salads.
4. Modern Sprout Garden Jar Self-Water Herb Kit ($20): Hey, we’re not all born to be Ina Garten! This self-watering herb kit takes out all the dirty work. You’ll have fresh cilantro on hand for Taco Tuesday without having to lift a (not so) green finger. How easy is that?
5. La Fleur Kitchen Succulent Gardening Online Class ($19): A newfound love of gardening doesn’t have to end with flowers and veggies in your backyard. Cherie will teach you all the basics to bring the outdoors inside with this easy-to-maintain succulent garden.
6. The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson($35): Stay culinarily-inspired with vegetarian-heavy tome The Forest Feast. She shares dozens of veg-friendly recipes that often include a mere three or four ingredients, making dinner party planning a breeze.
7. Bando Watermelon Cooler Bag ($32): Be sure to share your bounty with your besties! Use this uber cute watermelon cooler bag to transport your fresh veggies to beach bashes and barbecues all summer long.
8. Saffron and Kumquats Homemade Pickles Kit ($16): Your green thumb must be glowing neon — your first attempt at cucumber cultivating has resulted in an abundance of the crop, and you can’t possibly spiralize another one. Up your gherkin game with this super simple pickling kit. Plus, a mason jar full of homemade pickles makes a perfect housewarming gift.
9. bkr Bambi Bottle ($35): Squash blossoms aren’t the only things that need to stay hydrated this summer. Make sure you’re cool and quenched while gardening by keeping a full bkr bottle by your side. The glass- and BPA-free silicone materials mean your water is safe to drink even on the hottest days.
What’s your favorite thing to plant in the spring? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!
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