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Windowsill to Table

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You don't need your own outdoor garden to source homegrown herbs for your kitchen. Instead, a well-lit windowsill is an adequate space to grow plants that will add fresh flavors to whatever's on the menu. Here are eight herb planters and kits that are compact—and stylish enough—to fit sink-side in your cook space.

Chalkboard Hydroponic Planter

This narrow, attractive container not only allows you to label your herbs for quicker cooking but also packs in hydroponic growing technology. It comes with a pre-programmed timer, a quiet air pump, a tray with three plant bases, a soilless growing medium, and a ¾-gallon water reservoir.

Countertop Hydroponic Planter, about $130; Modern Sprout, Gardener's Supply Company

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Streamlined Planter With Scissors

Keep your snipping utensil at the ready in this sturdy white ceramic planter for adding a dash of this or that to whatever you're cooking.

Herb Planter with Scissors, about $25; Crate & Barrel

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Customizable Herb Labels and Tray

Grow the go-to trio of parsley, basil, and thyme, and slip your own plant labels into these cream containers. A tray—also made of powder-coated, rust-resistant steel—keeps it all tidy.

Herb Pot with Tray, about $30; Williams-Sonoma

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Contemporary Concrete Planter

Let the plantings take center stage with this planter's smooth, industrial-concrete construction.

Herb Trio Round Concrete Planter, about $15; Threshold, Target

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Handsome Cedar Planter

Give plant roots plenty of footing with this 8½ inches-deep, rot-resistant cedar planter box. A removable tray catches excess water and makes cleanup easy.

Windowsill Herb Planter, about $49; Grindstone Design, Houzz

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Realistic-Log Look

Take the natural look a step further on your windowsill with this log stand-in. The plastic material and drainage holes will keep your herbs—and windowsill paint job—happy.

REAL Horizontal Planter, about $24;

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Microgreens Window Kit

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A recycled steel box nestles nicely into a windowsill. Kit comes with seeds for three flavorful veggies: Red Russian kale, mini carrots, and Tom Thumb peas.

Microgreens Veggie Window Box Kit, about $48; Potting Shed Creations, FOOD52

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Mason-Jar Kit

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Circumvent less-than-stellar gardening skills with this all-in-one kit that fits in a charming mason jar. A combo of perlite, pea pebbles, and organic soil requires only that you fill water up to the rock line once a week.

DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden Kit, about $26; MakersKit, FOOD52

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