I decided I was going to document the cycle of a grow bottle and I choose basil at random. I was impressed with was the packaging; every piece is used with the exception of the plastic holding on the cork and the large rubber band.
The kit contains clay pebbles, vermiculite, seeds, the felt "wick", a cork coaster, and plant nutrient. One thing I should mention is that you will need a one gallon milk/water jug and a spray bottle to store the plant nutrient.
Here is the kit partially assembled. The felt wick is inserted and the clay pebbles are in and rinsed. Try to get the wick into an "S" shape to promote good water distribution.
Okay - the last step is to add the vermiculite and sprinkle the seeds. Then you cover it all with a plastic bag and place it in a warm location, out of sunlight. The seeds should sprout in 7-10 days.