Growing your own fresh herbs and then casually tossing a handful into a delicious recipe is one of those ‘lifestyle’ things we all envy but aren’t sure we could do. Actually, though, it’s not as difficult as it sounds – at least, the herb growing part of it isn’t.
If you’re new to growing herbs, it’s a good idea to look at kits. Not only will you then be sure that you’ll have everything you need, you can also be sure that the seeds selected will be easy to grow. We’ve picked out some of the best herb garden kits – they’ll look good, and be useful too. They also make great gifts, if you know anyone who’s wanting to start a herb garden – perhaps a house warming gift? Although some of these kits specifically say they’re to be grown indoors, some of the herbs such as thyme and chives can happily be moved outdoors in the summer and will over-winter quite happily. Others, such as basil, are strictly indoor-only unless the weather is very sunny.
Grow your own indoor herb kit, Sue Ryder
This Grow Your Own Indoor Herb Kit is idea for anyone who likes to cook and likes to keep a selection of fresh herbs close to hand. Simply place on your kitchen windowsill. The kit includes three sachets of seeds which include basil, chives and parsley, and growing pots with chalk board plaques to label your herbs. £7.99, available from Sue Ryder.
Herb and microgreens boxes, Silly Greens
We love this idea! Silly Greens sow the seeds on their farm in Suffolk then post them out for you to grow and harvest. You can choose up to three plants per tray, and trays cost only £5 each, postage included. Find out more at Silly Greens.
Personalised windowsill herb planter kit, Getting Personal
Get ready for your own Eden project with this personalised windowsill herb planter kit. Available in three different finishes to match your home decor, the planter can be stamped with a message on the aluminium strip. The planter comes with your choice of two herbs so you can grow your own. £29.99, available from Getting Personal.
Windowsill ceramic herb kit, The National Trust
Each kit contains three ceramic pots, peat free compost pellets, culturals and seeds of the following herbs:- basil, parsley and chives. £15, available from The National Trust.
Windowsill propagator, Gro-Sure
This one isn’t quite a kit because you’ll have to add your own seed packets and growing medium, but it will give you a head start! The Gro-Sure Visiroot Windowsill Propagator is ideal for growing seeds and cuttings on windowsills. It has modular cells for growing different seed varieties so you can maximise your growing. £8.99, available from Dobbies.
Grow your own herbal teas, Glenstocken Herb & Plant Co
If you love herbal teas then why not make them extra special by growing the ingredients yourself. this kit contains 5 x seed packets, 5 x biodegradable seed pots and a full planting guide. £16.95, available from Not on the High Street.
Japanese paper bag seed growing kit, Berylune
Packed and tied in the traditional style of Japanese rice paper bags the paper bag growing kits are great fun and come with everything you need to successfully start your seeds and grow the plant directly in the bag. Choose from Japanese culinary plants or a range of basils. Each kit comes with potting mix, seed and instructions. £12.50, available from Not on the High Street.