Hot or Not: Chia Herb Garden

A family member gave this to us for our birthday, and we have to say, this is not the Chia we remember from our childhood. It grows herbs, not "fur" on a puppy or "hair" on a cartoonish bald man.
This product seems like the less glamorous stepsister of the Trio Herb Pot we blogged last week. On one hand, it's an easy, space-saving option for growing herbs indoors. On the other, you insert a "Chia growing sponge" into each pot instead of soil.

The sponges look like dirt... feel like dirt... But they aren't dirt.

We do get six seed packets to choose from: Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Marjoram, and Parsley (curly, not flat). The instructions tell us that we can transfer the herbs to the ground once they grow, but living in NYC without a garden, our herbs are destined to live out their days rooted in the sponge. We're not sure how we feel about that, but seeing as we grow alfalfa sprouts in a jar, we're game for anything.

Anyone had experience with the Chia Herb Garden?

(Images: left, Amazon; right, Drugstore.com)

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