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Cultivating your green thumb this spring has many perks. In addition to having delicious spices and vegetables a few steps away, gardening can help alleviate stress.

If you don’t have space to grow plants outside, your idea of gardening is probably a small vase that sits on your windowsill. AeroGrow’s Miracle-Gro AeroGarden is an alternative that can make your indoor garden far more fruitful.

The machine, which can fit on a kitchen counter, makes it possible to grow up to six plants year round. Its 20-watt LED light is specifically designed to maximize photosynthesis and can reportedly make plants grow five times faster than they would outside. Instead of filling the AeroGarden with soil each plant grows in water.

The process is surprisingly simple: fill the AeroGarden’s water tank, insert the seed pods into their allotted slots, and the machine will take care of the rest. This model comes with seeds for mint, thyme, and a few others, but you can grow much more.

Once you select the type of plant you’re growing on the control panel, the AeroGarden will alert you when it’s time to feed your plants and automatically turn the light on and off so your heirloom tomatoes or thai basil won’t be dried out by morning.

With a 4.4/5 rating on Amazon, the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden has a loyal fan base:

Could not be easier to set up,” one commenter said. “Week two and all have sprouted.”

“Anyone want to buy some basil or thyme or cilantro? At the rate this unit has been producing these herbs, I can’t use them fast enough,” another said.

At $139, the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden is an investment, but when you consider how much money you can save on herbs, spices, and vegetables, it could end up paying for itself over time.

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, $138.71

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