A New Spot to Grow Plants Indoors

I probably shouldn’t admit this since I make my living writing about homes and gardens, but I don’t have much of a green thumb. In fact I’ve killed almost everything I’ve ever planted—even hardy herbs like basil have failed to thrive on my windowsill. But this fall and winter I am determined to grow houseplants.

Of course, with two young children, the question is where to put potted plants so they’ll escape the curious grip of my 11-month-old and the destructive tackle of my four-year-old. The floor, a window, even a small side table are out because they are too easy for little fingers to reach. So what does that leave me with? The dining room table? Ummm, no! I still like to pretend that I throw lavish dinner parties.

I’d just about given up on the idea of indoor gardening when I stumbled on this new planter set ($50) designed by Nicole Runde, a furniture designer, for Working Class Studios. The vessels are made of high-density cork, which is naturally water tight, and just the right size (9-inches high) for growing succulents, herbs and other small houseplants. Oh, and they’re meant to be bookends! Which means I can put them up high on a shelf, where they’ll serve two purposes: containing plants and bracing books.

Now, what to grow?

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