You can start these from seed if you wish, but it you want instant gratification, a trip to your nearest seedling bank or nursery is in order.
I find that first time gardeners can get faster results from buying seedlings. They thrive best in sunny spots, so don’t hide them under shelves.
I also find it’s easier to keep similar herbs with similar needs together. For example, rosemary is a pretty hardy plant and doesn’t need much watering, so I separate it from water hungry herbs like parsley. I keep dill, parsley (both kinds), chives in one pot and thyme and oregano together in another. Why? I don’t have space for multiple pots!
I also found out the hard way that thyme and mint love to climb and spread so it’s best to keep them in separate planters or aggressively trim them back before they take over your sink space.
The DIY tutorial above shows you how to create a planter in a few easy steps using old wooden drawers or boxes. I find that it’s easier to drill a few evenly spaced drainage holes if there are no slats to help with drainage. Placing it on a tray makes it easy to clean and easy to transfer when you have to clean. It also makes it easier to move the pots around if you, like me, live in a small space.
Sweet Paul’s herb dresser tutorial over here is worth a look if you’re looking for a sweeter take on an herb garden and love vintage re purposed furniture.
If space is really an issue, go for hanging herb containers, like these ones from Fat Vegan Baby instead. They save space and create quite the impact.
Happy herbing! :)