ByMegan Winkler

Jul 31, 2014


I don’t know about you, but when I’m shopping online, I look at customer reviews before I add anything to my shopping cart. Well, the reviews for the Grow Your Own Marinara Kit are pretty funny. While positive, there are some people who felt like the package needed something like a pretty pasta bowl or a recipe for marinara sauce in the box to really complete the package. I’ll tell you, I laughed. I mean, do bath salts tell you how to run water in the tub? Do yoga mats come with instructions on the proper asanas for relaxation?

Uncommon Goods is really great about listing adorably named green products on their site. This one certainly isn’t the only product with a catchy name. The three items—a mini tomato plant, oregano, and basil—complement one another so well that it just makes sense for the kit to have a fun name. I suppose it could be called Grow Your Own Caprese Salad Kit, but then you know there would be someone out there wondering why there’s not mozzarella cheese in the package.

Convenient and Green Garden on your Windowsill

Anyway, enough of my wonderment at the expectations of shoppers; this kit is really great. Because I didn’t read the product description like I should have, I was surprised to find out that you grow these items right in their bags! On your kitchen windowsill! How can you hate that? And although it may not have directions about making marinara, each bag has very detailed instructions for growing the tomatoes and herbs properly.

A Great Gift Idea

Everything’s right there in the bags, and for the price, you could put the kit together with a nice bottle of red wine, a couple of handwritten recipe cards—get creative, people!—and a few other Italian culinary delights as a gift basket for the home chef in your life. I can’t wait to get these planted this afternoon. There’s nothing quite like homegrown tomatoes and fresh herbs.

By Megan Winkler

Eco-nerd, solar power enthusiast, DIY diva and professional coffee drinker, Megan has written everything from courses in healthcare and psychology to interior design and cooking advice. She has a master’s degree in military history, owns two chainsaws, is a collector of strange trivia and a world renowned Pinterest pro. She is constantly looking for better ways to do things.