Nowadays most things are available in kit form, including everything you need to start a new herb garden indoors or outdoors, on the patio or in the garden itself. And alongside herb garden kits you will find a myriad of other garden kits including strawberry garden kits, salad garden kits, flower garden kits, and mushroom growing kits. This is the perfect way to start your very own cottage garden.
When you shop around, you will find that some kits come with seed trays and peat pellets, while others are supplied with garden stackers as well, which are ideal for people who have very limited space. The bottom container of stackers sits snugly on a base tray for drainage, and then each consecutive container stacks over the next in such a way that you are left with pockets for planting herbs or anything else that takes your fancy. These are ingenious and also very attractive, and some can even be hung.
Some kits that are intended for the windowsill (usually the kitchen sill) come with pots, trays, peat and seeds, for example parsley, basil and chives. These may or may not be biodegradable.
But it is not just the means of growing plants bought in a kit that differs. Herb kits are also available with a variety of different types of herbs to choose from. For instance, an indoor culinary herb garden will come with an assortment of herb seeds like parsley, thyme, coriander (cilantro), basil, dill, oregano, sweet marjoram, onion chives and garlic chives, savory, mustard and sage. These are, of course, great for cooking with.
Or perhaps you would prefer a kit that has herbs you can use to make various herbal teas. Herb seeds that would be included in a kit of this kind might include lemon balm, catnip, rosemary, peppermint, chamomile, fever few, lavender, lemon grass, marigolds, lemon bergamot (Monarda citriodora), angelica and anise.
A medicinal herb seed kit, on the other hand will probably include things like Echinacea, milk thistle, peppermint, chamomile, yarrow, St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), burdock, fever few, lemon balm, valerian, and perhaps even cayenne. Be sure to do some research when growing medicinal herbs though, because they have very specific uses.
Usually herb kits will contain many more seeds than you will be able to plant in a garden stacker or in containers. But you do not have to germinate the whole lot at once. The beauty of peat pots is that you can pop a couple of seeds only into each pot and then transplant the seedlings when they are big and strong enough to survive. Then you can start the whole process again, and be assured of having fresh herbs on hand month after month.