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NYC apartment gardening: Kitchen gardens for small spaces

You don't need a backyard, balcony or even a rooftop to start a garden this spring! You're probably not a New Yorker because of your passionate love of nature and all things outdoors, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up a little green thumb. Your kitchen/living room can become a garden, too, with just a little effort.

"It's a great way to get hands-on and connect with your food from the seed to the table -- and extra satisfying to prepare a meal with food you have grown yourself," says Nikhil Arora, co-founder of Back to the Roots, which makes at-home gardening kits. "Fresh, homegrown herbs also taste great, maintain the most nutrients, and help avoid food waste from over-purchasing at the grocery store."

Do something for the environment, your mouth and your kitchen -- a garden looks impressive and check out these products and tips for growing plants inside your apartment, no matter how small it really is!

Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden

If your garden was a printer and the
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If your garden was a printer and the plants were the cartridges, this is pretty much how it would work. This NASA-invented urban garden uses electricity and water -- no GMOs, pesticides or anything unnatural -- to help grow edible plants in your home. You don't even need a window! Cartridges are available in basil, thyme, tomato, chili pepper and more!

$94.95 for starter kit, additional cartridges $9.95, clickandgrow.com

Miracle-Gro Aerogarden

Basically the Keurig machine of indoor gardens, here
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Basically the Keurig machine of indoor gardens, here you're using little pods to grow your crops. A futuristic look uses LED lights to herbs, salads greens, flowers and more, taking about five weeks until they're ready to eat. Imagine harvesting your salad from your living room/kitchen right before you dress it! An automated control panel leaves pretty much all the gardening up to a computer, so you can enjoy the benefits of fresh plants without much work -- and no dirt!

Kits $69.95 - $299.95, aerogarden.com

Back to the Roots Garden-in-a-can

If you want to stretch your green thumb
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If you want to stretch your green thumb in just the slightest, these ready-to-grow herbs in a can give you everything you need to have fresh organic basil, dill, sage and cilantro at home. Just plant the seeds, put them in a window and don't forget to water every so often. The seeds grow in a unique blend of soil and biochar, which retains moisture and prevents over-watering. In addition to herb gardens, Back to the Roots also makes mushroom growing kits and a self-cleaning garden and fish tank for all your eco-friendly indoor needs!

$23.96 for four, backtotheroots.com

Windowfarms Kitchen Garden

Created in Brooklyn with the limitations of an
Photo Credit: Windowfarms

Created in Brooklyn with the limitations of an NYC apartment in mind, Windowfarms make the most of vertical space when gardening indoor. Buy by the column and fill your windowfarms with a subscription reFresh box, which includes live plants delivered to your door. Choose what plants you want to eat or just look at-- freshly trimmed flowers make excellent gifts all year round!

Starts at $179, windowfarms.com

Vertical Wall Garden

Forget taking up valuable counter space -- turn
Photo Credit: Gardeners.com

Forget taking up valuable counter space -- turn your wall into a living and edible work of art! This hanging garden will grow anything from a 4'' planter, making it easy to substitute your spice rack for a growing wall of basil, oregano and more.

$139, gardeners.com

Sprout Home

This Brooklyn gardening store sells garden supplies as
Photo Credit: Sprout Home

This Brooklyn gardening store sells garden supplies as well as custom terrariums and garden arrangements for your apartment. Custom garden design services may not come cheap, but this is an investment in your greenness. Email bkgarden@sprouthome.com for details.

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