Indoor Herb Garden

Fresh herbs are expensive! You go to the grocery store because you’re making a recipe that calls for fresh basil or snipped fresh chives sprinkled on top, and you’re amazed at how much you have to pay for a tiny amount of herbs. Then when you get them home you realize that they’re not so fresh after all and you end up wasting most of what you’ve bought anyway because you only need a tablespoon or two. Not a good use of your precious grocery budget.

What can you do? Well, you can substitute dried herbs in many recipes, but it’s just not the same and dried herbs can be expensive, too, for the amount you need. A better solution is to grow those precious herbs at home. It’s easy. And cheap! All you need are a few inexpensive terra cotta pots (less than $2 each at the hardware store), a small bag of potting soil (you could even borrow some, you need so little), and your herbs. I got a couple of mine at Walmart for $3 each in the grocery section and the others at a garden center for only fifty cents more. That’s it. Here’s how to pot up your garden for fresh herbs any time you need them – for FREE!:


  • Terra cotta pots and saucers (I used five 4” pots; buy as many as the herbs you want to have)
  • Potting soil
  • Various herbs (choose the ones you cook with the most; I used cilantro, chives, basil, rosemary, and flat-leaf parsley)
  • Watering can


  1. Remove the bar code labels from the bottoms of your terra cotta pots and set each one in a saucer.
  2. Using a large kitchen spoon, fill each pot about a third of the way with potting soil. Tamp down the soil a bit to firm it.

3. Carefully loosen each herb from its nursery pot, remove it from the pot and loosen the roots on the bottom a bit. Place each herb in a pot. The top of the herb soil should be about a half inch below the rim of the pot. You can press the herbs down a bit if you need to, it won’t hurt them.

4. Use your hands to fill in around the herbs with soil and add a bit more to the top. Firm the soil with your fingers and add more to any loose spots.

5. Water the herbs well (some water should seep into the saucer) and place in a sunny window. Enjoy fresh herbs any time you need them!

Note: Your herbs only need about 4 hours of sun a day, so your window doesn’t have to be super sunny all the time. If you don’t have a window you can use for this, invest in a grow light. You can find many options on Amazon and garden centers should have them, too. AND, you can move your herbs outside when the weather gets warm enough!

Leslie Kaz, coach for single women

I help single women get from where they are to where they want to be by overcoming their sadness and starting to live their best lives through mindset and lifestyle changes. Contact me to learn how it’s possible to live a single, blissful life.

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