Start an Indoor Herb Garden
Starting an indoor herb gardening is easy, fun, and will help you to save money on groceries. The best news is that you don't even need a green thumb to be successful. Pretty much everything I try to grow dies within days. If I can successfully grow an indoor herb garden, any one can.
Different herbs will require different amounts of sunlight and water, just like any plant, but it's really simple to read the packet so you know where to set different plants. Growing an indoor herb garden is cheap too. You can use containers that you already own and then all really need to purchase are your seeds and some potting soil.
There are also some great products on the market to help you with your garden, if you don't want to gather all the supplies on your own.
The AeroGrow AeroGarden has become pretty popular. If you want herbs but don't want to deal with any of the mess associated, this may be the choice for you. However, it's spendy at about $125 for one. Price aside, I've heard from friends that it works really well. You don't need to worry about sunlight, dirt, or water. It's as simple as plugging it in and letting it do it's thing.
If you don't want to shell out $125 to start an herb garden, but you'd still like a little help, the Chia Terra Cotta Gourmet Herb Garden may be a good choice for you. It basically comes with items you could buy on your own including seeds, terra cotta pots, and sponges (as opposed to potting soil). Priced at under $16 though, it's likely you won't be spending any more to buy the kit than you would if you purchased all of the items separately. The only downfall to this item is that it only comes with 4 pots, so you're going to be limited to starting with 4 herb types. Of course, that may be just perfect for a beginnier!
Last, the Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit is my favorite. For less than $30, you get 12 different seed types - all the most popular herbs are included. It also includes the little peat pellets that make growing a no brainer for people like me. Once you start growing, you have the choice to leave the herbs where they are or to eventually transplant them to pots.
In the end, no matter how you choose to grow your indoor herb garden, at least consider growing one. It's a fun activity that kids love to help with and you'll have the added adventage of fresh herbs for cooking and savings on your grocery bill. Besides that, you'll have plants growing in your house - and we all know that's healthy...and beautiful!