We Tested the Best Herb Garden Kits for Deliciously Easy Produce at Home (2024)

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An herb garden kit allows you to cultivate and harvest culinary herbs in an indoor garden right at home, providing fresh, nutritious ingredients at the ready. While there are hands-on options that simply include seeds and containers, you can also find effortless kits that do most of the work for you and include grow lights, timers, and self-watering (hydroponic) systems.

Both smart and simple options are very beginner-friendly, according to Aaron Steil, Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist for the Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University. "Most indoor gardens are going to be about the same amount of effort that you put into, maybe a little bit more, but not much more, than a house plant," he says. The most important factors are finding optimal light and an optimal temperature for plants to grow, but smart systems take all the guesswork out of this.

To find the best herb grow kit for you, we tested 18 indoor gardens, evaluating the ease of setup, maintenance required, design, performance, and quality of the resulting herbs. Using these testing insights and our own research, we found nine for everyone from beginners to master gardeners.

Editor’s Note: This review was updated in January 2024 based on our latest testing.

In This Article

  • Our Picks

  • How We Tested

  • What to Look For

  • FAQ

  • Why Trust The Spruce

Best Overall

inbloom Hydroponics Growing System

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    5/5

  • Ease of Use

    5/5

  • Design

    5/5

  • Performance

    5/5

  • Quality

    5/5

What We Like

  • Self-watering

  • Adjustable lamp head

  • Great for beginners

  • Attractive

What We Don’t Like

  • Nothing

Our top pick we tested for indoor herb gardens is the inbloom Hydroponics Growing System. Thanks to its self-watering system, automatic timer, and built-in grow light, this innovative unit cares for itself, has room for five plants, and comes with seven popular herbs to choose from. According to the manufacturer, this hydroponic system’s grow light is 20 percent more effective because the LED bulbs are at an angle, maximizing their output. The kit has everything you need to get started, including plant food, labels, grow domes, grow sponges, and grow baskets. You can choose to soak the soil before getting started (which we did), but otherwise, the setup took less than 10 minutes.

To start, we filled up the water reservoir twice a week, but this increased over time as the herbs grew and required more water. Just keep an eye on the water level indicator. Unlike other systems, the water is constantly flowing to avoid the system growing mold. Our herbs sprouted within seven days and remained healthy through our 6-week testing period. As they grow, you can adjust the height of the lamp up to 17 inches to accommodate longer stems. We love the sleek look of this system and the small footprint that worked well in a New York City apartment. Despite the small size, the 2.5-liter tank gives the roots plenty of space to expand.

We could find no drawbacks with this system: We were extremely impressed with the herbs it grew and the beginner-friendly instructions that are easy enough for amateurs and professionals alike to follow.

Type of Herbs: Basil, parsley, shiso, mint, chicory, cilantro, licorice | Capacity: 5 plants | Dimensions: 10.3 x 5.4 x 17.3 inches | Special Features: Self-watering, hydroponic, grow light

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What We Like

  • Full-spectrum LED grow lights

  • Includes six seed pods and plant food

  • Extendable lamp

  • Simple 5-minute setup

What We Don't Like

  • Extremely bright grow light

The AeroGarden Harvest Elite offers an automated watering system and advanced settings we loved during testing. Featuring 20-watt, high-efficiency LED grow lights, this kit maximizes photosynthesis and plant growth. It also includes six gourmet herb seeds: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint–each in its own pod. A bottle of Miracle-Gro Plant Food is also included for optimal nutrition. The system includes a 2-week timer, so you always know when to add additional planet food. To top it all off, the manufacturer promises to replace the seed pods for free if they don’t sprout in 21 days. Despite the large size and multiple pieces, this took only five minutes to set up.

The plants are watered every 20 minutes, so filling up the water tank when the water sensor indicates and trimming rouge stems are the only maintenance required. With additional features such as vacation mode, the digital control panel ensures that your plants receive proper nourishment–even when you’re out of town. The extendable lamp can be adjusted up to 12 inches, providing room for your up to six plants as they grow. This also allows you to grow things other than herbs, including lettuce and tomatoes.

All of the herbs sprouted during the suggested period, other than parsley which required an extra week. One downside to this kit is that the grow light is extremely bright, which can be problematic in small spaces. It does not take up too much space, but the brightness can be bothersome in a small kitchen.

Type of Herbs: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint | Capacity: 6 plants | Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.5 x 6.25 inches | Special Features: LCD control panel, hydroponic, grow light, timer

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Best for Small Spaces

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    4.8/5

  • Ease of Use

    5/5

  • Design

    4/5

  • Performance

    5/5

  • Quality

    5/5

What We Like

  • Self-watering

  • Ideal for small spaces

  • Intuitive setup and water indicator

What We Don't Like

  • Only comes with basil

  • Unhelpful app

If you don’t have room for a large indoor herb garden, this small system we tested from Click & Grow is an excellent space-saver. Measuring 19 x 12 x 5 inches, this unit is the perfect size for a kitchen counter or windowsill and is available in white, gray, or beige to match almost any decor.

The sleek kit comes in black and white and won’t be an eyesore in your kitchen or living room. The setup was so intuitive that we wondered if we were missing something during testing. Just drop in the three included pods, fill up the water reservoir, and plug it in.

The energy-efficient LED glow light lets you place this anywhere in your home even without natural lighting. Every 16 hours, the light shuts off for eight hours then the cycle continues. It includes a simple water indicator so you know when to fill up again. After about three weeks, the included basil sprouted and tasted delicious. As your plants grow, you can adjust the height of the light. While we do wish the kit came with three different herb pods, the basil is an easy starter herb before you choose from 50 options the next time around. You can also use your own seeds by purchasing the Grow Anything Plant Pods if you prefer. While not a smart garden, the kit does come with a compatible app with gardening tips and tricks, but we didn’t find them necessary for success.

Type of Herbs: Basil | Capacity: 3 plants | Dimensions: 9 x 4.9 x 12.5 inches | Special Features: Self-watering, hydroponic, automatic grow light, compatible app, adjustable height

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Best Organic

Spade to Fork Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    4.3/5

  • Ease of Use

    4/5

  • Design

    4.5/5

  • Performance

    4.1/5

  • Quality

    4/5

What We Like

  • Includes five types of seeds

  • Includes pots, soil discs, and plant markers

  • Peat pots are compostable

  • Entire kit is certified USDA organic

What We Don't Like

  • Repotting is often required

  • Requires daily maintenance

The Spade To Fork Indoor Garden Kit we tested contains five types of Certified USDA Organic Non GMO seeds, including Italian large-leaf basil, coriander cilantro (slow bolt), Peione parsley, broad-leaf sage, and thyme. The kit also includes five OMRI-certified compostable peat pots, five OMRI-certified rich potting soil discs, five custom wood-burned plant markers, and a 26-page growing guide. With all of these accouterments, you’ll have everything you need to grow nutritious, sustainable food right at home all year long.

The setup took a bit longer than other kits since this one does not have its own automatic watering system or grow light. You want to ensure you are using warm water to expand the soil discs or they will take additional time to separate. Once everything is ready, these herbs do require daily maintenance, unlike other self-watering systems we tested, but this may be worth it for the organic result.

This indoor kit is versatile enough to set up almost anywhere in your home, whether it’s a windowsill, countertop, balcony, or desk. We found the thermometer extremely helpful, so you know when to move them somewhere with more light. If you’re short on natural light in your home, opt for a grow light. Though we love the fact that the pots are biodegradable, herbs tend to outgrow them very quickly. Once the seeds sprout, you’ll likely need to transfer the herbs into larger pots.

Type of Herbs: Italian large-leaf basil, coriander cilantro (slow bolt), Peione parsley, broad-leaf sage, and thyme | Capacity: 5 plants | Dimensions: Not listed | Special Features: None listed

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Best Large Capacity

iDoo Hydroponics Growing System

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    4.5/5

  • Ease of Use

    5/5

  • Design

    5/5

  • Performance

    5/5

  • Quality

    5/5

What We Like

  • Different grow modes for different plants

  • Eight pods available

  • Handles for easy carrying

  • Small footprint

What We Don't Like

  • Long and confusing setup

This hydroponics growing system from iDoo is a great option for those who don’t want to be limited to growing just herbs, but want the most of their indoor garden. It comes with a water tank, an LED grow light, and a circulation system so the water is never stagnant. During testing, the setup of this kit was on the longer side at 30 minutes because some instructions required a few read-throughs. Once assembled, very little maintenance is required. Just keep an eye on the water level indicator and add water as needed.

The system comes equipped with two growing modes that correspond with a combination of red, blue, and white light: one for vegetables and herbs, and one for fruits and flowers. We planted the basil that was included in the kit, which took about 10 days to sprout. The kit comes with eight seedling covers, eight baskets, 10 sponges, two bottles of plant food, and nine basket labels.

There is an extendable rod attached to the light to lengthen when your plants grow. This is also removable, so the water tank is easy to clean. The small footprint system works well in apartments and small spaces and also includes handles for easy transferring.

Type of Herbs: Basil | Capacity: 8 plants | Dimensions: 10.8 x 6.5 x 15 inches | Special Features: Self-watering, grow light, two growing modes, handles, detachable and adjustable rod

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Expert Tip

If your herbs take a bit longer to sprout, don't worry. Steil shares that basil can take up to six weeks to healthily sprout. "From seed, it might be a little bit longer, but usually it germinates within the first week or two, and then you might have some stuff big enough to harvest around week four. But week six is probably when it's going to be like the really nice big leaves that you might use for something like [pizza]," he shares.

Best for Beginners

AeroGarden Sprout

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    4.3/5

  • Ease of Use

    5/5

  • Design

    5/5

  • Performance

    4.8/5

  • Quality

    4.5/5

What We Like

  • Small enough for counters and windowsills

  • Alerts on when to add plant food

  • Comes with three herbs

  • Quick grow time

What We Don't Like

  • A few difficult instructions

If you’re a beginner gardener and don’t have a ton of outdoor space to dedicate to a full garden, the AeroGarden Sprout is perfect for you. Firstly, it took us only 10 minutes to set up. The most difficult feature is the light timer, which can be set to automatically turn on and off at 15-hour intervals. Once that’s done, you add the included seed pods, plant food, and water to the basin. Every two weeks, a sensor will alert you to add plant food (which is included) and there’s a monitor on the water basin to show when it’s running low. Aside from adjusting the height of the grow light as your herbs grow, beginners will be happy to know that this is the scope of the maintenance required.

The small unit fits on your counter or windowsill and has enough spots to grow three herbs at once. To get you started, the kit comes with Genovese basil, curly parsley, and dill, so you won’t need any additional supplies other than a small spot in your home and water. While the dill grew the fastest for us, all three sprouted in about 7-10 days and were ready to enjoy quickly. Aside from a few trial and error instructions, we feel confident that any level of gardener can successfully grow herbs with this kit.

Type of Herbs: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill | Capacity: 3 plants | Dimensions: 11.9 x 3.4 x 14 inches | Special Features: Self-watering, grow light, plant food monitor

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Best Smart

Rise Gardens Personal Garden and Starter Kit

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    5/5

  • Ease of Use

    5/5

  • Design

    5/5

  • Performance

    5/5

  • Quality

    4.5/5

What We Like

  • The app tells you when to water and add food

  • Can connect to Alexa

  • Comes with eight pods

  • Great for vegetables as well

What We Don't Like

  • Not small-space friendly

For a high-tech indoor garden perfect for busy plant parents, consider the Rise Gardens Personal Garden and Starter Kit. The setup is similar to other options we tested, but there is also a compatible app to download to your phone, create an account with, and log the plants you are growing. It took less than 30 minutes to set up the system and the app. We added water to the basin about once a week with helpful reminders from the app. With the app, you can also dim or adjust the grow light and get reminders about when to add plant food. You can even connect the smart garden to your Amazon Alexa for voice-activated controls.

You can grow up to 12 plants at once and herbs are just the beginning. With a 16-inch grow light, leafy greens, and other vegetables also grow well in this personal garden. The manufacturer promises fresh produce in 30 days, but we found sprouts in just two days—the fastest out of all the kits we tested. We tested basil, but each grow kit comes with an assortment of lettuces, herbs, and more to get you started. As with all smart home products, the cost is much higher than traditional options. Because of this, we think this is best for someone dedicated to growing multiple plants at once to justify the high price. It’s also much larger than other gardens we tested, so it’s not the best choice for small spaces and apartments. Still, it is very intuitive and easy to use if you are a beginner.

Type of Herbs: Assorted 8-pack | Capacity: 12 plants | Dimensions: 16 x 11 x 18 inches | Special Features: Compatible app, voice control, self-watering, plant food alerts, 12 pod capacity

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Best Budget

Planter's Choice Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit

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What We Like

  • Can be used indoors or outdoors

  • Comes with four types of seeds

  • Includes helpful accessories

  • Small footprint

What We Don't Like

  • No actual pots

  • Need natural light

This affordable herb garden from Planter’s Choice makes the perfect starter kit. It includes gardening shears, four 100 percent GMO-free seed packets (cilantro, parsley, basil, and chives), four burlap sacks, four bamboo plant markers, and a soil disc that expands when watered to fill all four containers. The small containers are ideal for almost any windowsill, countertop, or table. One potential downside worth noting: Since the herbs are grown in burlap sacks rather than actual pots, they might not be the sturdiest option. On a positive note, you can easily transfer plants from indoors to your outdoor garden.

The comprehensive learning guide has step-by-step instructions for getting started and growing the most successful and healthy herbs. While we did not test this option, we love the low price tag and the helpful instruction guide, but it does not offer the convenience of a self-watering container or grow light, so this choice is best for those with plenty of natural light.

Type of Herbs: Cilantro, parsley, basil, and chives | Capacity: 4 plants | Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.7 x 3.1 inches| Special Features: Not applicable

Best DIY

Urban Leaf Herb Garden Kit

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What We Like

  • Compact and attractive design

  • Makes an excellent starter kit

  • Repurposes garbage

  • Gives creative freedom

What We Don't Like

  • Requires natural sunlight

  • Doesn't come with bottles

This all-in-one herb growing kit from Urban Leaf has a slim profile that fits perfectly on a windowsill or other small ledge and a DIY element that lets you repurpose bottles you’d otherwise throw away. The affordable kit grows herbs right in leftover wine, beer, seltzer, or other glass bottles you have lying around. If you’re new to indoor gardening, it provides everything you need to get started, including step-by-step instructions, three packets of seeds, three bottle inserts, three labels, and three germination stickers. This kit is also ideal for transplanting, so you can easily transfer your indoor herb plants to your backyard, but we think they would look stunning in an assortment of colored glass bottles.

To get started, place the stoppers in your bottles, add the seeds, place your gemination sticker on top (and remove once they start sprouting), and place the bottles near a sunny window. These do require natural sunlight, but the unique design lets you water the plants very infrequently, so it’s very beginner-friendly. While we haven't tested this kit, we love its simplicity and small footprint which is ideal for apartments. However, like most kits without grow lights, don’t expect the same output as a larger, high-tech indoor garden.

Type of Herbs: Lemon basil, lime basil, lemon balm | Capacity: 3 plants | Dimensions: Varies by bottle | Special Features: Germination stickers

Compare

SetupEase of UseDesignPerformanceQuality

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Best Overall:

inbloom Hydroponics Growing System

$70 at Amazon55555

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Best with Light:

AeroGarden Harvest Elite

$130 at Amazon5554.55

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Best for Small Spaces:

Click & Grow The Smart Garden 3

$81 at Amazon4.85455

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Best Organic:

Spade to Fork Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit

$35 at Amazon4.344.54.14

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Best Large Capacity:

iDoo Hydroponics Growing System

$60 at Amazon4.55555

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Best for Beginners:

AeroGarden Sprout

$50 at Amazon4.3554.84.5

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Best Smart:

Rise Gardens Personal Garden and Starter Kit

$280 at Amazon55554.5

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Best Budget:

Planter's Choice Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit

$25 at Amazon

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Best DIY:

Urban Leaf Herb Garden Kit

$16 at Amazon

Final Verdict

The inbloom Growing System Starter Kit is our best overall pick because it holds up to five plants and provides water and a full spectrum of light automatically. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option that’s more hands-on, the Planter's Choice Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit includes four types of seeds, pots, and shears.

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How We Tested the Herb Garden Kits

We tested 18 indoor gardens in our own homes for a total of six weeks. The gardens were tested in homes across the country with varying weather conditions and space constraints from small apartments in New York City to sunny Florida, snowy Chicago, rainy Washington, and more. We set a timer to test how long each system took to set up, following the manufacturer's instructions. Then, we planted basil, added water, plant food, and whatever else the system required for optimal growth.

After three weeks of the required watering, light, and maintenance for each system, we checked in on the plants and measured their growth. After another three weeks, we evaluated the ease of caring for the herbs, the total growth and outcome of the plant, and how the resulting basil tasted. We then rated the whole system on the ease of assembly, the usefulness of additional features such as grow lights, apps, and self-watering systems, the space the kit took up in our homes, and the variety of the seeds provided initially. Using these testing insights and our editor's research, we then compiled this list of favorites for every gardener, from amateurs to professionals.

What to Look for in an Herb Garden Kit

Type of Herbs

Many herb kits come with seed packets, so consider what herbs you want to grow before making your decision. For example, if you frequently make salsa, then chives and cilantro may be high on your list, while if you love to cook Italian food, then perhaps kits with basil and oregano are most important for you. Some kits offer more options than others, so take a close look at the list of included herbs and whether you’re able to add your own to the mix.

Several options on this list include a variety of herb seeds. For a surprise, our best smart option, theRise Gardens Personal Garden and Starter Kit comes with an assorted 8-pack of seeds with herbs, veggies, and other greens. If you want to know exactly what you're getting, our best overall pick, the inbloom Growing System Starter Kit has the best variety out of the options we researched and tested.

Placement

Whether indoors or outdoors, most herbs thrive in full sunlight requiring six or more hours of direct sunlight per day. “If you have longer winters, and the temperatures aren't quite optimal for outdoor growing, you can always use your kit indoors,” says Ashlie Thomas, an author, gardener, and food security advocate known on social media as The Mocha Gardener. “Just make sure that your plants are in well-draining pots and a south-facing spot with direct sun.”

This only becomes a consideration with our favorite options that don't include a grow light, like our best budget option, Planter's Choice Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit, and our best DIY pick, the Urban Leaf Herb Garden Kit. These can be placed virtually anywhere in your home and do not rely on natural sunlight for success.

You also want to avoid extreme temperature fluctuations in your home, which can greatly affect your plant's growth. Find a spot in your home that doesn't experience rapid changes with the opening of a door or window, says Aaron Steil, Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist for the Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University. "So not by the door that goes outside where a big blast of cold air will hit it, not just not over the top of a heat register, and not trapped between the window and the curtain," he says.

Editor's Note

If you live somewhere without a ton of natural light, you can always purchase a grow light to add to your indoor garden. We recommend the LBW Grow Light after weeks of testing in our own homes.

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Size

When considering the placement of your indoor garden kit, the size of the actual kit is extremely important. Luckily, many options we love are small-space-friendly, and easily fit between appliances on your counter or on a small windowsill. Our best for small spaces pick, the Click & Grow Indoor Herb Garden Kit, is thin and sleek at just 5 inches thick. Similarly, our best DIY option, the Urban Leaf Herb Garden Kit, grows right in beer or wine bottles that you already own so you can tailor the vessels to fit the space you have available.

The Rise Gardens Personal Garden and Starter Kit is the largest garden we tested and recommend, but it can grow up to 12 plants at once. With a smaller garden, you sacrifice how many herbs you can grow simultaneously.

Features

A self-watering system is the most valuable feature we found when testing indoor herb gardens. Many options we love have a timer connected to their water reservoir and will automatically water your plants on a specific schedule. Our best for beginners garden, the AeroGarden Sprout also has a clearly visible water indicator so you know when to refill the water basin for the self-watering cycle to begin again.

This option also features customizable LED lights, which can also be programmed to illuminate your plants at set intervals (15-hour intervals in this case), mimicking the natural sun cycle. This light is also adjustable, so you can raise the LED light as your plants grow, keeping a proper distance between your herbs and their light source.

Speaking of lights, iDOO Hydroponics Growing System, our favorite choice for growing other plants, has two lighting modes that vary between two combinations of red, blue, and white light depending on what you are growing.

For an extremely convenient and high-tech option, check out a smart garden such as the Rise Gardens Personal Garden and Starter Kit, which lets you control every aspect of your garden through an app on your smartphone. There you can receive alerts on when to add water and plant food, and even set up light schedules. You can also connect your garden to your Amazon Alexa for easy voice controls.

FAQ

  • How long do the plants in herb garden kits last?

    This will depend on what types of plants you get in your herb garden kit and how you take care of them. To increase the longevity of your plants, make sure you understand each one's requirements so you can give them exactly what they need. Providing strong light, selecting the best herb pots, and avoiding overwatering are also key if you want your plants to last as long as they possibly can.

    If you don't intend to set up your herb garden right away, Thomas provides the following advice: “When kits are stored at room temperature and in a dark place, the herbal seeds that are typically included can maintain viability for up to a year or longer.” She notes that keeping the kit refrigerated in a moisture-proof container can also extend the life and quality of the seeds.

  • How often do I need to water the plants in an herb garden kit?

    Most herbs actually like semi-dry soil. Generally, if your plants are wilting, and the soil is wet, you could be overwatering. Be sure to plant herbs in groups based on their watering needs. “For instance, some herbs such as mint, basil, and parsley require a substantial amount of water,” says Thomas. “On the other hand, herbs like lavender, dill, sage, and oregano are a bit more drought-tolerant and do not require frequent watering.”

    One good rule of thumb is to water slowly, thoroughly, and less frequently. That will promote the greatest root growth, which is what herbs need to flourish. It's also best to look for signs that your herbs need watering rather than simply watering on a set schedule. Be sure to water only the root area.

  • How do I know when the plants in the herb garden kit need to be repotted?

    If roots are protruding from the bottom of the pot, the plant has become limp, or it has stopped growing, it's time to repot your plants. Soil can also sometimes become exhausted, which may cause the plant to suffer. “If a plant begins to tip over, this may mean that the pot can no longer support or provide a stable foundation for the plant,” Thomas notes. These are all cases that indicate it's time to repot your plant.

    Thomas also says to be on the lookout for what’s known as “leaf drop,” a defense mechanism that causes leaves to yellow and fall off due to overcrowded roots or lack of nutrients. Repotting your plants is a great way to remove tangled roots and allow more nutrients and water to reach the plant.

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Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written byJulia Fieldsan associate editor for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert-focused articles, and more. For this story, she considered testing insights on nearly 20 indoor gardens, considering the ease of setup, maintenance required, and health and taste of the resulting herbs for each one. Using these insights and her own research, she chose nine options perfect for growing delicious herbs at home.

Our Experts:

  • Ashlie Thomas, a gardener and food security advocate known on social media as The Mocha Gardener
  • Aaron Steil, Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist for the Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University
  • Jenica Currie, editor at The Spruce

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What is the easiest herb to keep alive? ›

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) Herbs in the mint family are especially easy to grow, even indoors. Known for its use in flavoring drinks, teas, and jelly, this perennial likes its soil to be kept evenly moist. An extra benefit of growing this herb indoors, rather than outdoors in the garden, is that it is invasive.

What is the most useful herb to grow? ›

12 Essential Herbs for Your Kitchen Garden
  1. Basil. Few herbs are more strongly associated with the summer months than basil. ...
  2. Rosemary. Known for its fragrant, piney scent, rosemary has a long history as both a cooking herb and as an aromatic in perfumes. ...
  3. Thyme. ...
  4. Mint. ...
  5. Marjoram. ...
  6. Oregano. ...
  7. Parsley. ...
  8. Cilantro (coriander)
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What is the best layout for an herb garden? ›

The simplest design would be four beds, each a square yard (or square metre) in size, around a sundial or small round bed containing one tall herb – a Rosemary bush or Bay tree as a permanent feature, or Fennel, which would grow up every year and offer sculptural stems in winter.

What is the easiest and fastest herb to grow? ›

Our gorgeous “bookazine” features expert tips, inspiration, and 80 fresh and delicious recipes for Spring.
  • Chives. The easiest, most forgiving herb to grow, chives can flourish in almost any soil no matter if you under- or overwater. ...
  • Basil. ...
  • Mint. ...
  • Oregano.
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What is the king of all herbs? ›

Basil - the king of herbs, the all-purpose plant. Bursting with flavor, a staple of Mediterranean cuisine and a trusted cure for many ailments. Worshipped as a saint in India, venerated as guardian of the dead in ancient Egypt. Here, hidden deep inside its leaf cells, lies the key to its flavor and healing qualities.

What is the hardest herb to grow? ›

In fact, lavender is the most difficult herb to keep alive, with 10,400 plant parents in need of help every month. Basil, mint and rosemary also come close behind, followed by popular herbs such as coriander, dill and parsley.

What herbs should not be planted together? ›

Some herbs have allelopathic effects, meaning they release chemicals that inhibit the growth of other plants. Examples of herbs that do not grow well together include chamomile and dill, dill and fennel, and basil and rue.

Is it better to buy herbs from seeds or plants? ›

For herbs, it depends. If you just need a few basil leaves for caprese or a batch of pesto, buy a plant or two. But if you're like me, you can never have enough basil for pesto, freezing, and drying, so growing basil from seed is the best option. The same holds true for parsley.

What is the fastest plant to grow from seed at home? ›

Radishes are probably the fastest growing vegetable in your garden, being ready to pick in as little as 30 days from planting the seeds.

Which herb plant grows the fastest? ›

Borage (Borago officinalis) The fastest annual herb to grow from seed sown directly in the garden, borage produces beautiful starry blossoms that attract bumblebees and other pollinators. Very young leaves are edible, with a subtle cucumber flavour, but older leaves have numerous soft spines.

How deep should a herb garden be planted? ›

The planter, pot, or container you pick to grow your herbs in needs to be at least 6 inches deep, but I recommend going for something that's a foot deep, especially if you're growing herbs in the Apiaceae family like cilantro, dill, and parsley, which grow a large taproot.

How do you make a simple herb garden? ›

Dig each hole to about twice the width of the root ball of the new plant. Space the bedding plants about 18 inches apart to give them room to spread out and grow. Place taller herbs like sage, rosemary and lavender toward the back of the garden, and place parsley and cilantro at the front.

How deep should a garden bed be for herbs? ›

Herbs like basil, cilantro, and other low leafy greens like lettuce will grow and grow with just 6 inches of soil. A 1-foot raised bed is more than enough to accommodate a salad garden box plan. Carrots, radishes and peppers thrive with 12 inches or more.

What are the best low maintenance herbs? ›

Herbs such as dill, cilantro, and basil are easy to grow from seed. Lavender, rosemary, sage, and thyme are easily grown from purchased plants. “Mint and oregano are easy to divide, so ask a fellow gardener for a start of their plant,” Fishburn says.

What herbs live the longest? ›

Growing perennial herbs is cost-effective in the long run because they come back year after year. Lavender, bay laurel and rosemary plants can last decades and can be divided and planted in other parts of your yard, or your friend's yard. Perennials are low maintenance and less work than most annuals.

Which herbs require the least water? ›

Herbs that require less water and can grow in full sun include: lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage and bay leaf. These are woody, hardier plants. Herbs that will do better with either direct morning or afternoon sun and requires more regular watering during very hot periods include: basil, parsley, coriander and rocket.

What are the easiest medicinal herbs to grow? ›

From my experience in gardening over three decades, eight easy medicinal herbs to grow and use in both the Northwest and the Southeast of North America are anise hyssop, borage*, calendula, catnip (Nepeta cataria), chamomile, holy basil, lemon balm, and oregano (Origanum vulgare).

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