Fresh Herbs in the Kitchen

Add fresh herbs to your kitchen in no time by filling a trio of small pots. A quick and easy way to have your favorite herbs nearby!

3 pots of fresh herbs on tray in kitchen

About this time every year, I get the itch to work outside.

To get my hands dirty.

To clean up my garden beds.

To figure out if any plants need replaced, and dream about the new ones I want to try.

Especially this year. Now that we’ve moved, and our outside spaces are new to us, it will be even more fun to figure out how to make them beautiful. (The images in this post feature our house on Sutton Place.) The problem is that here in Ohio, it’s just a bit too early for any of that. There is snow on the ground, and plenty of winter left. So, like last year, I brought fresh herbs into the kitchen by planting some little pots, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting my fingers in the dirt.

3 pots of fresh herbs on kitchen counter


Kitchen Herb Garden materials needed:

Herbs that successfully grow indoors:

  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Chives
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Lemon Balm

rosemary parsley mint in pots on kitchen counter

I was planning to go to a local nursery or Lowe’s to get herb plants, but was able to find bare root fresh herbs at my grocery store in the produce section. The plants are quite small, and the parsley wants to flop over, but I love this little herb garden all the same.

It took about five minutes to place the herbs into the little pots. There is a small hole in the bottom of each pot, but just to make sure they had good drainage, I placed a small pile of pebbles in each pot before adding the soil. To water the pots, I simply place them in my sink, spray them lightly, and let them drain.

parsley and mint in pots

Fresh herbs in the kitchen help to hurry spring along, and they add fresh greenery to your counter or windowsill. Any containers you happen to have on hand will work. Mason jars, terra cotta pots, colanders, large coffee mugs, baskets, tin cans, or even small bowls . Just make sure to add pebbles for drainage if your containers don’t have holes in the bottom.

If you would like printable markers for your kitchen herb garden, just click {HERE.} The little tags can be added to your containers with a clothespin, or attach the tags to a string, and tie them on your pots.

fresh rosemary in white pot

More ideas for adding fresh herbs to your kitchen!

If you can’t find herb plants, it’s easy to propagate herbs from stems. Just buy fresh, cut herbs at the grocery store. (Basil and mint are especially easy to propagate.) Pick out 4 or 5 nice herb stems. Strip the bottom half of any leaves, and give the ends a fresh cut. Place the stems in a jar of water. In two to three weeks, the stems will have roots, and they can be planted in potting soil. It’s a good idea to change the water every few days, and place the jar in a sunny spot.

I hope the sun is shining where you are, and that your day is filled with only good things. Until next time…

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  1. beth byrd says:

    Oooh … I live in Ohio, too! What a great idea!

    I’m new to your blog and looking forward to reading your posts!

  2. I have some herbs in my kitchen window in cute little blue and white pots. Even started leeks from grocery store in a mason jar. So ready for spring.🌸

  3. Tracy Cook says:

    DearAnn thank you for reminding me about this. Just as an add on it works well growing from seed on the windowsill and come mid spring they’re ready to go outside. If it ever warms up here in Shropshire.

  4. Hi Ann, I love your little kitchen herb garden. I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Nice fix for the gardening itch while waiting for winters end
    Great tip on the propagation. Never thought to try it with herbs!

  6. Debra Funkhouser says:

    Hi Ann. I am the same! I’ve been evaluating the flower beds and trying to decide what to replace this year. Did a little weeding this morning, and added some mulch here and there. We are in Texas, so it’s almost time to get really busy. My husband loves being outside as well and is a great gardening partner. Can’t think of a hobby I could live more!

  7. Thanks for the great idea Ann. Yes, the cold temps in Michigan delay any planting yet. Will love seeing the little green plants in my kitchen.

  8. I bought my first basil plant last week, so your post is timely for me. Now I’m anxious to get back to the store for more. Thank you for every post; I love reading them.