The Basic Herb Garden 

What do you think about this? The best basic herb garden is one that's already grown for you and won't cost you the earth! Did that bring a smile to your face? Well this will bring an even broader one.

There ARE gardens already grown for you. All you have to do is choose from a pick and mix, buy, and transfer them into pots when they arrive. Ta da! Instant garden. Simple and money saving!

Six potted herbs for a basic herb garden

These easy-peasy gardens come in the form of packaged young plants called herb plugs, grown in nurseries, and can even be posted to you. They come in 3 convenient sizes, small, medium and large.

The downside. There's a couple of drawbacks to creating a greenery with plugs. Depending on what time of year you want to start will limit your choice of herbs, and may confine your choice to an indoor garden. But look around before choosing the less popular.

Also, think of what kind of state they will be in when they arrive. Depending on how long they take to get to you and how they are packaged, will determine the level of your success. Saying that, reputable growers do exists out there.

Mine came within a couple of days of ordering. The plants arrived in a box and in good shape. No damage what-so-ever. Just look at them now! They are only a few weeks old and already thriving on my kitchen windowsill.

Using Kits to Create Your Basic Herb Garden

Indoor herb kits are another easy way to go about it. But a little more work is involved because you are growing from seed.

What I personally like about them is the variety of themes. with  3 complimenting herbs or more that come pack and parcel with growing medium and pots. The prices do range so buy to suit your budget.

The choice of plants for a basic herb garden depends on what the grower needs from it. Culinary, medicinal/herbal, or cosmetic.

The following are the most common and popular choices.

lambs lettuce seedlings

Culinary: Parsley, Coriander (cilantro), Sage, Basil, Rosemary,Thyme

Medicinal/Herbal/Aromatherapy: Lavender, Holy Basil, Peppermint, Lemon balm, Chamomile, Echinacea, Lemon Verbena

Cosmetics: Aloe Vera, Rosemary, Parsley, Pot Marigold

These are the most common and popular choices.

By all means select your own choices according to your own needs. Choose easy grow herbs as gifts or for you if you're a first time grower.

Lambs lettuce

Are you growing for the kitchen late in the year from Autumn onwards? Then think of sewing lamb's lettuce seeds. This herb is ideal for winter herb salads, has hardy resistance to frost so you can grow it outside if you can, and it's high in vitamin C, great for winter protection. Make sure you sew plentiful to reap enough to make it worth it. The plant is small.

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