One of the easiest ways to brighten up a recipe is with fresh herbs. Purchasing them at the grocery store can add up quickly, especially if you're using them regularly. Starting your own garden is a great way to always have delicious fresh herbs and is inexpensive to start.
I recently planted a windowsill herb garden. It all started when I saw some small planters and watering cans for a dollar a piece. I am unfortunately not blessed with a green thumb, so I bought the already sprouted plants along with some potting soil. That was all it took and I had an herb garden ready to go! For my herbs I chose basil, thyme, rosemary, and chives. Since my window isn’t especially sunny, I’ll try to set my plants outside in the sun about once a week.
I neglected to look over my dollar containers before buying them. They turned out to not have drainage holes. I drilled some myself, but the plastic cracked midway through. I was eventually able to create two tiny holes in each container, but if I were to start over, I would just purchase containers with pre-drilled holes.
Here’s the breakdown of what I used to start my windowsill herb garden:
- Containers – 4 x $1 ea. (I’ve seen small terra cotta pots for less than a dollar—drainage holes included!)
- Potting soil (20 qts) - $7
- Herbs – 4 x $2.50 ea.
- Total: $21
Creating this herb garden was a fun and great way to have fresh herbs readily available all year round!