Small Herb Garden for the Kitchen

This small herb garden for the kitchen will add a natural element, refresh the look of your countertop, and it smells so good!

small herb garden plants

As always, I hope this finds you well, safe, and coping as best you can. Today’s project is the definition of simple. It has made me smile, and brightened my days. Putting together this small herb garden got my hands in the dirt, and added a cheerful, natural element to our kitchen. 

1small herb garden assembly

A step-by-step tutorial isn’t necessary for this small herb garden. It’s so simple! Begin with 3 or 4 herbs of your choice. (I used 2 mint plants and 2 rosemary plants.) Gather fresh potting soil and a container. Place a small amount of potting soil in the bottom of your container. Add the herbs, and fill in the holes with more potting soil. 

Small Herb Garden Tips

  • Make sure your container has a hole for draining.
  • If the hole is big, cover it with a small piece of paper towel or part of a coffee filter. 
  • Some herbs grow better inside than others. I’ve had good luck with mint, rosemary, basil, and parsley. 
  • In a month or so, I will move these plants outside, so they have sun and room to grow.

small herb garden in terra cotta pot

When your garden is finished, make sure to water it well. Here is my method: I put the herb-filled container in my kitchen sink, water it from the faucet, and let it set there until it’s dry enough to put back on the counter. 

small herb garden in kitchen

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I purchased everything for this project a few weeks ago at my local grocery. All the items needed for a small herb garden can also be found at garden centers or home improvement stores. 

small herb garden on kitchen countertop

It’s amazing how something so simple can bring such enjoyment. I love clipping the mint leaves to put in my sparkling water, and I’ve already used the rosemary twice on oven roasted potatoes. I know fresh herbs are available at local grocery stores or markets, but having them right here, at my fingertips, has been wonderful. 

I’m teaming up with my best blogging friends for a special Mother’s Day post this week…and I’m hoping to get our front porch ready for the season. My peonies are about a foot tall, and the hosta plants are peaking through the dirt. Nothing is blooming yet, but I know it’s coming. 

Until next time…


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  1. I just love growing and using my own herbs. I enjoy a sprig or two of mint in my tea! Ummm. I plant mint, thyme, and rosemary, but whenever l take them outside l have a terrible time protecting them from our harsh Texas sun. I move them around without success. I don’t have good sunlight inside. Might consider a small greenhouse. Very small. Thank you, Ann for these helpful posts.

  2. Always enjoy your posts Ann! Love the phone and iPAD calendars too! So helpful and beautiful! Thanks for bringing some “pretty” to my day!

  3. It looks lovely, Ann. It is so nice to have something green and growing this time of year. I miss my weekly grocery store flowers so today I did some clipping around the yard. It is still cold here in NH so forsythia, japonica, azalea buds , pansies and some budding leaves were the materials I had. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful arrangement and lifted my spirits! I will plant my kitchen herb planter soon! Thank you for you inspiration. I always look forward to see your email!

  4. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Such a great idea, Ann! Thanks for sharing this with us! I can just imagine how nice it smells in your kitchen!

    I can hardly wait to do this little herb garden once our garden centres are allowed to open up. We still have snow here and it is cold!

    Enjoy your week, Ann!

  5. Caroline O'Hara says:

    Hello. Sorry, but the video is covering the text and photos and won’t go away!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Caroline…I’m sorry! The video does cover the content, but just for 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, an “X” appears in the corner and the video player can be closed. Right now, my only income is from the ads on my site. Thank you for your patience!

  6. Gee that cute pot of herbs looks so good. Wish I could get out to buy some. Hopefully that will be soon. Thanks for the great pictures.

  7. It’s snowing again here so I can’t even see the garden bed where I know the peonies were just barely visible, but on the positive side, I saw the first dandelion yesterday!! So I know we’re making progress!

  8. What a lovely little herb garden and it looks so pretty on your counter.

  9. Heddy Racinowski says:

    Did you paint the planter?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Heddy…no, the planter came with the blue already there. Thank you!

  10. Thank you, Ann! Each and every post you have done is lovely as well as calming and soothing during this time period. I look forward to your positivity!

  11. Where did you get this terra cotta pot?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Lea…I found the pot at our local Meijer while I was getting groceries. I looked online, but could not find anything exactly like it. Thank you!

  12. Thank you Ann for the counter herb garden idea! I love my fresh herb garden during the summer and this is the perfect idea to brighten up the kitchen and be useful at the same time! Love it!