Growing your own herb garden in your home or yard is a good project that also makes food take better. You’re likely spending plenty of time at home with the family during this pandemic, and the cooking can be a little boring along with ordering those same delivery meals all the time. So this may be the perfect at-home project for you. They grow well indoors and outdoors, are cheap to grow, and are a slightly more active project for multiple family members, at least more so than staring at the TV all day.

A hit of fresh basil, rosemary, thyme, dill, or other fresh herb can easily enhance the flavor of any meal. Growing your own herbs is quite easy. It only requires the proper materials, planting pots and a workable plan. Most importantly, during the current pandemic, if you don’t want to or can’t go to the store, almost all of these are available online.

Here’s how to complete the setup of your herb garden in as little as five easy steps:

  1. Pick some pots. Pick a container that matches the size of the herbs you’ll grow. The material of your container can vary. Clay, wood, resin and metal are all options. What’s most important is that it provides enough drainage, letting excess water escape from planting container bottom holes.
  2. Choose some herbs. If this is the first time you’ve tried growing herbs, start simple. Parsley, mint and basil are good options for pot-growing. They all tend to grow prolifically and don’t mind frequent harvesting. Other common herbs include oregano, thyme, cilantro, and dill.
  3. There is no need to plant seeds. Use starter plants to get things moving quite faster.
  4. Get the right soil. Be sure to use potting soil, not gardening soil.
  5. Care for and harvest your herbs. Water them on a constant schedule and as they flourish, be sure to harvest the leaves.

While you may be a new herb gardener, this is an easy way to start. It helps to save money on the herbs and seasonings that you would typically buy at the grocery. It also helps with a much fresher flavor for your home-cooked meals.