A very happy Monday — I hope everyone in New York and New England managed to safely ride out that vicious, snow-dumping machine known as Obnoxious Marketing Ploy Nemo — and welcome to week six of "Hiber-Nation," a special series of posts featuring home accessories and other odds and ends geared to make housebound-in-the-winter life a touch more bearable.

A couple of weeks back, I wrangled up a few old fashioned (save for the 3-D printer) DIY diversions — puzzles! cross-stitch kits! voodoo dolls! — ideal for keeping cabin-fever prone souls merrily occupied when venturing outside simply isn't an option. With that in mind, I'm back with a few more hobby-oriented items specifically geared toward green thumbs and dedicated kitchen gardeners whose outdoor plant-tending activities have been suspended until spring.

Below, you'll find several, mostly edible indoor gardening kits ideal for countertops, windowsills, and other nooks and crannies in desperate need of some greenery (or controlled fungal growth). So instead of moping around groaning about how nasty it is outside, just clear away a small space inside and dedicate it to a small herb or veggie garden that you can dutifully tend to. And by the way, February also happens to be National Indoor Gardening Month (or at least it's been branded as that by the folks at AeroGarden) so stay in and celebrate it! 

Shittake Mushroom Growing Kit by Far West Fungi @ Williams-Sonoma ($25)

PoP Gardens Home Kit by PoP Gardens @ Etsy ($15)

Porcelain Egg Planters — Wheat grass Kit by Revisions Design Studio @ Supermarket ($16/set of 2)

Herb Garden Kit by Garden in the Koop @ Williams-Sonoma ($11.95)

Cast Stone Planter — Sage @ Terrain ($18)

Organic Veggie Micro-Farm @ Potting Shed Creations ($40)

PostCardens by Another Studio for Design @ UncommonGoods ($12.50; $24 set of 2)

Home Aquaponics Garden @ Back to Roots ($60 — preorder; ships in May)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Indoor gardening kits: Hiber-Nation '13
The next time a massive winter storm rolls around, keep dormant green thumbs busy with an indoor veggie or herb garden.