It’s been decided. This is the summer that you finally tackle the task of starting a garden. Whether you’re working with a window box, a window sill, or an entire hard, it can be a little scary delving into the world of gardening, especially if you’ve never grown anything before. While we’ve shown you all sorts of creative planters, it’s time to focus on the plants that might go in them. Here are 5 ways to turn your black thumb green with these smart planters, pots, and gadgets sure to make your garden grows.

1. Self-Watering Patch Planter ($38): Currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, the Patch Planter is pretty genius. First of all, it packs flat for easy shipping and includes everything you need to start growing your own food. Not only does it automatically deliver the right amount of water to your herbs, it does so without any technology. Just add water and sun! We love the idea of growing our own fresh herbs and greens, especially for making yummy summer salads and fresh pesto.

2. Root Cup Starter Kit ($50): These adorable root cups are made especially for fostering plant growth from just a root. Whether you’re rooting herbs, succulents or an avocado pit, these silicone cups make it easy to start your new plants off right. These would definitely do well in Northern California, where succulents and avocados run rampant! We love the idea of gathering up a whole bunch of these on a window sill.

3. Le Petit Singularite DIY Terrarium Kit ($25): Terrariums have been super trendy for a while, and it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon. They’re easy to take care of, fun to personalize, and leave plenty of room for gold animal toys. Start off small with this mini kit that will help you make a moss terrarium. Once you’ve kept that alive you can move on to bigger, needier plants.

4. Recycle a Bottle Plant Nanny ($17 for four): Ready to drink more wine and take care of your plants when you’re away? This set of four clever stakes lets you keep plants watered while you’re on vacation. Simply fill an empty wine bottle with water, place upside down in the plant nanny, and your plant will stay nourished for up to 10 days!

5. Wildflower Seed Bombs ($14): Not sure where to start on the gardening front? Why not go for a more random approach? These wildflower seed bombs turn any forgotten patch of grass into a sweet, colorful, garden. Plus, we love the poetic “Throw & Grow!” slogan. (Herbal Tea Seed Bombs also available.)

Do you have any tips and tricks for novice gardeners? Share them with us in the comments below. Happy gardening!