An herb garden is the best way for novice gardeners to get started. Herbs generally are easier to grow than vegetables and don't take up very much space. Some herbs, such as parsley, are packed with vitamins and other nutrients, including calcium. Having fresh herbs in the kitchen will transform cooking and brighten up the space. Trust me; I have gotten tons of compliments for mine when friends come by my apartment for get-togethers.
Location is key. You can place your herb garden on a table or a windowsill where the garden will receive plenty of natural sunlight. If that is not an option, under-counter lights can be used as a light source. Just place your herbs under the cabinet and turn on the light, and watch those babies grow!
In an herb garden, the roots do not need much space, so a small planter is ideal. You can even spruce up your living space with some interesting containers, such as Handy Pantry's planter box made with reclaimed barn wood or something unique from your local garden store. Don't forget the soil! Any potting soil from a garden supply store will do the trick.
Seeds can be found in all sorts of places, from garden stores to supermarkets. I encourage all gardeners at every level to use seeds from local seed banks. Seed banks collect and produce local seeds to store and redistribute. This is a great way to contribute to and be a part of the local food market.
A few great herbs to start with are basil, parsley and oregano. These are common herbs that are easy to include in everyday cooking. You want your herb garden to reflect you, your passion and your taste. Figure out what seasonings you use most, and incorporate them into your own garden. Soon enough, your kitchen and cooking (or takeout) will be transformed.
For those of you short on time, there is an even easier way to create your own herb garden. Urban Farmer has self-starting herb garden kits. This is the easiest way to bring fresh food into your kitchen. If you've thought you don't have time for a garden, this may be just what you are looking for.