Container Herb Garden: Easy Ideas for the Beginner

Ideas for planting a container herb garden and tips for using the herbs in your kitchen. Easy inspiration for a beginner gardener who wants to start small.

Container Herb Garden

If you are a beginner herb gardener like me, you are in the right place! I have inspiration to get started, ideas for plants, and suggestions for ways to use the herbs in your kitchen. A container herb garden is a budget-friendly and super simple thing to do, yet it yields great rewards. All you need are a few pots, some good soil, and healthy plants. 

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Any kind of containers will work for an herb garden. I’ve had these black pots for a few years and although they are still usable, they have faded quite a bit. I would love to use vintage galvanized buckets or even enamelware so maybe that will be the plan for next year. Due to the size of my containers, I used one plant per pot. Just fill the pots with soil, plant the herb, and water in well. 

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Container Herb Garden ~ Basil

The herb every garden should have is basil. No matter what the conditions, basil grows well and gets huge. This year the leaves on my basil plant are huge! I love cooking with basil and the bigger the leaves, the better. One of my favorite dishes to make is Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken. This is a favorite of my family and appears on the menu several times over the summer. 

Get the recipe! Easy Grilled Chicken and Rosemary Potatoes

Container Herb Garden ~ Rosemary

Next up is rosemary. I love it…especially the way it smells. I like to cut the longer stems and put them in a small pitcher by my kitchen sink. It’s the best kind of aroma therapy! My go-to summer side dish is Rosemary Potatoes that you can find at the link above. The smell of rosemary fills your kitchen and it gives the potatoes such a wonderful flavor. 

10 Ways to Use Rosemary

Container Herb Garden ~ Mint

The last must-have plant for your container herb garden is mint. I enjoy being able to go out and cut a few fresh stems whenever I need them. It’s such a pretty herb too. There’s nothing more refreshing than a tall glass of ice water with a lemon slice and a few sprigs of mint. I also like to snip the top of a stem and add it to my afternoon tea. 

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