All-in-one herb garden starter kit to avoid the hassle of searching and buying the materials separately

Indoor Herb Garden for Beginners

Updated FEBRUARY 22, 2019

You want to grow herbs indoors but do not know how. You want to have herbs at your fingertips when cooking your favourite meal but do not want the hassle of looking for the materials and buying them separately to grow your own. You want to give someone a unique gift but do not know what to get her or him. The solution to these is to get an all-in-one herb garden starter kit. Read on to find out the various indoor herb garden for beginners. If you have a problem with mould, the solution is towards the end of this article.

As a first timer, I am pretty sure you do not want to spend on something expensive. It is wise to start with a small and affordable set. As you gain more experience and knowledge in growing your own herbs indoor, scale up from there.

What to look out for in a Herb Garden Kit

A basic kit contains

  1. Soil
  2. Pot
  3. Seeds

A slightly more expensive kit includes

  • Markers for labelling the plants
  • Peat pot for germinating the seeds
  • Some companies may even provide organic and/or heirloom herb seeds or biodegradable growing pots

Initially, I was a little bit confused by the term herb kit and starter kit. Helping you to understand, a starter kit is used to start the growing process from sowing till the seedling stage. After which, you will need to transplant them into bigger pots.

So, when selecting your herb garden kit, look at the

Type of pots. While some companies may give a decent size, others may only provide the little peat pots for growing the seedlings. But it is good to know that these peat pots can eventually be placed directly into the potting soil during transplant.

Potting Soil. Most kit comes with fibre or coir soil, in compressed form. However, don’t be surprised if none is included because I spotted a couple during my search. Remember to look out for this when you are searching for yours.

The fibres provide abundant oxygen which reduces root rot from over watering, the number one reason for plant failure.

Seeds. Each kit comes with a different variety of herbs seeds. Choose the one with your favourite herbs included. So then you will get to use your herbs as soon as they are ready to be harvested.

A good indoor herb garden kit includes everything you need to grow your herbs from sowing to harvesting. Though, not all kits available in the market fulfil this requirement to a tee.

I have looked around and managed to find several that closely match this condition. Sharing my findings here hoping that it will help you make a better decision in buying yours.

Here goes…

Indoor Herb Garden for Beginners

EasyStart Kitchen Garden Herbs – Organic Herb Kit

by Hood River Home & Garden

Indoor herb garden starter kit for beginners

Price: ≈ $20

Kit includes:

  • 6 Biodegradable peat pots
  • 6 Peat soil discs which will expand when watered
  • 6 Plant markers
  • 6 Types of organic herb seeds
  1. Basil
  2. Sage
  3. Parsley
  4. Cilantro
  5. Oregano
  6. Lemon Balm
  • Directions and Tips Booklet

This being the most affordable set includes everything you need to start growing your indoor herbs.

Since this kit comes with peat pots, you will have to transplant the seedlings to a bigger pot when the time comes. However, they are biodegradable so you need not take the seedlings out. Simply place the peat pot directly into the larger container.

In the instruction manual, it was stated that the seeds need to be soaked overnight. To make it easier, just fill the seed bags with water overnight to soak the seeds and pour them directly into the peat pot.

The pots are approximately 3 inches in diameter, adequate for many seeds to sprout. Additionally, they don’t take up much space when germinating. Not many of us have a nice, big window sill, especially those living in an apartment.

Not only affordable, but this is also a simple and straightforward herb starter kit that any beginners can start their herb planting as soon as they received theirs.

Take a Closer Look on Amazon

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Herb Garden Starter Kit – Sow & Grow

by Nature’s Blossom

Indoor herb garden starter kit for beginners

Price: ≈ $25 #1 Best Seller

Kit includes:

  • 5 Biodegradable growing pots
  • 5 Compressed soil discs, made with a unique mixture of coir and will expand 7 times its original size when soaked
  • 5 Plant markers
  • 5 Organic herb seed packets Grow your own herbs using indoor herb garden starter kit
  1. Basil
  2. Sage
  3. Thyme
  4. Parsley
  5. Cilantro
  • Step-by-step instructions

This is another affordable, simple and straightforward herb starter kit with everything you need to begin with, all in one box.

The diameter of the pot is slightly bigger than the EasyStart Kitchen Garden Herbs Kit, at 3.9 inches. Still good for the window sill.

This kit has the best-growing success rate in the country. The seeds are 100% organic and Non-GMO, open-pollinated and naturally grown in the USA.

Being the #1 Best Seller on Amazon, this is worth taking a closer look.

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Windowsill Indoor Herb Garden Kit

by Sustainable Seed Company

This indoor herb garden starter kit provides 10 variety of herb seeds

Price: ≈ $40 #1 New Release

Kit includes:

  • 10 Coconut coir pots, pre-labelled
  • 10 Coconut coir soil discs
  • 10 Variety Non-GMO heirloom herb seed collection
  1. Dill
  2. Basil
  3. Sage
  4. Chives
  5. Thyme
  6. Parsley
  7. Cilantro
  8. Oregano
  9. Lavender
  10. Rosemary
  • 2 Pre-moulded raised trays – 20 ½ “ length x 4 ½ “ width
  • A full colour 28-page growing guide

This is one herb starter kit that should not be missed out from this review. It is Amazon’s #1 New Release.

Instead of including plant markers, this kit comes with pre-labelled pots. Saving you the trouble to mark the plants. Simply match the pots with the seeds. There are instances where I forgot which seed I planted in the pot when dealing with a variety of them. Does it happen to you?

A definite advantage of this kit is the inclusion of the pre-moulded raised trays for optimal drainage. Furthermore, they hold the pots neatly in place, creating a lovely sight on your window sill. To note – the pots are not round but square at 3 inches wide.

Perfectly displayed on the windowsill

With a price tag at about $40, this kit may be a bit pricey. But having 10 variety of Non-GMO heirloom herb seeds plus the 2 units of the tray, this is a pretty good buy. Not forgetting the full-colour 28-page herb planting guidebook filled with illustrations, harvest and seed saving advice, recipes, FAQ and tips.

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Rustic Charm Herb Trio Kit

by Window Garden

Indoor herb garden for beginners

Price: ≈ $35

Kit includes:

  • 3 Rustic Charm planters
  • 3 Cups of fibre soil (compressed)
  • 3 Germination bags
  • 3 Slate markers
  • 1 Soapstone pencil
  • 3 Seed Packets
  1. Basil
  2. Sage
  3. Chive
  • Detailed instructions

This is one true indoor herb garden kit that allows you to sow and grow your herbs without transplanting to a bigger container. The rustic charm planters for this kit is surely a win over. They are of great value and just the right size for your windowsill at 4 inches height x 4.25 inches width. You may reuse the planters to grow more herbs after the initial are overgrown. Or use them to grow other plants.

Different from other herb kits, this provides the germination bags. The purpose of the bag is to create and maintain an ideal germination environment. Seeds need moisture and warm temperature to grow. Just remember to remove the bag once they start growing. You don’t want to suffocate a growing plant, do you?

The slate markers provided in this kit is another advantage. You can write the names of the herbs you are planting and in time to come, easily erase it to use for another herb. It pairs beautifully with the Rustic Charm Pots.

With only three variety of seeds in this kit, there is a big chance that they may not be the herbs of your liking. However, you can buy the herb seeds separately.

Beautiful scene created by these Rustic Charm Herb Garden Kit

This may be on the pricey side. But imagine looking at these beautiful Rustic Charm Pots with herbs growing healthily on your window sill. Did it charm you into buying? No matter what your decision is, you must check this out.

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Complete Herb Garden Kit – Herb Garden Planter

by Planter Pro’s

The planters are handmade in the USA from naturally rot resistant and insect resistant cedar wood

Price: ≈ $55

Kit includes:

  • 3 Mini cedar wood planters, with a blackboard on one side
  • 1 Matching cedar wood drip tray
  • 4 Nutrient-rich compressed soil
  • 1 Seed storage bag
  • 6 Certified heirloom herb seed packets
  1. Basil
  2. Chive
  3. Thyme
  4. Parsley
  5. Cilantro
  6. Oregano
  • 1 Chalk for writing herb names
  • Detailed instructions

Unlike the Rustic Charm Herb Trio Kit by Window Garden, this herb garden kit comes with 6 variety of herb seeds. More options for you. Meaning there are chances that you will be getting your favourite herbs. However, you will have to choose which to grow because there are only 3 planters. You may consider growing the other 3 herb seeds at another time as they can be kept for up to 3 years.

Cedar Wood Planters with matching drip trayThe planters are handmade in the USA from naturally rot resistant and insect resistant ¾” thick cedar wood, measuring 5” x 5” x 5”. Comes with a matching drip tray measuring 17” length x 6” width. Although the drip tray’s purpose is to catch water from the planters, there were several incidents listed that it isn’t waterproof. Therefore, take precaution not to over water your plants. Alternatively, bring them to the sink for watering and once they are drained through, put them back. It takes about a minute each.

This herb garden kit is pricey but consider the handmade cedar wood planters in a tray exquisitely displayed on your windowsill, with your favourite herbs to use at your fingertips. If you choose to buy this, you will notice the beautiful smell of the wood when you open the box. Go on,

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Next, let’s grow outside the pot

Mason Jar ‘Grow Your Own Herbs’ Set

by Modern Gourmet Foods

Grow your herbs outside the pot using these beautiful mason jar

Price: ≈ $30

Kit includes:

  • 3 Mason jars
  • 6 Soil pods – 2 for each jar
  • 3 Herb seed packets
  1. Basil
  2. Sage
  3. Rosemary
  • Pre-printed labels tied to the jars
  • Instructions

Growing herbs indoor need not necessarily be in a pot. These cute mason jars do the job as well.

The only thing you have to provide is water. Make sure not to over water though. Damp soil is best but doesn’t leave a pool of water on the top of the jar/soil. For optimal growth, you have to place the planted jar in a bright area but avoid the direct sun. If none, a grow light will help.

Click here to check out my grow lights review – from the most economical unit to the costlier version.

The 3 herb seeds provided may not be your favourite, however, you can easily buy yours on Amazon.

When your herbs start to grow and doing well, don’t be surprised if they outgrow the jar. Then, you will have to transplant them into a bigger pot. Hence, you get to reuse the mason jar to start the growing cycle again. An opportunity to try other herbs.

Won’t you agree that this is a perfect little herb kit to start growing your own herbs indoors? Don’t wait,

Take a Closer Look on Amazon

These are the 6 various indoor herb garden kits that you may consider using to kick-start your intention of growing herbs indoors.

Problem with moUld

The most common problem when starting herb seeds indoor is mould.

From all the customer reviews I have read, the mould is the most common problem faced by users of all the indoor herb garden kits. In fact, I experienced the same too while growing mine. Either growing from seeds or propagation.

Here is what you need to know.

Super common that is can happen to everyone.

It is easy to fix

It is not the cause of seedlings dying.

What you need to do.

Remove white mould on top using a small spoon or knife. Gently scrape off the mould from the top of the soil.

Do not over water your seedlings. You need to keep the soil evenly moist but must allow it to dry out slightly on top between watering. Be mindful not to let the soil dry out completely.

Provide better air circulation around your plant. Do not crowd the pots too closely together. You may consider placing a small fan set at the lowest speed near your seedlings. In this case, the soil will dry out faster and you will need to keep a close eye on the moisture level.

Also, you need to thin out the seedlings to provide better airflow. Do not pull the seedlings out of the soil as this will damage the delicate roots of the other seedlings. Use small scissors to cut off at the base.

By thinning out the seedlings, you will be giving the others plenty of room to grow!

There you have it. Hope this piece of information will help you when the time comes if it occurs.

Do you want to know what I did with mine before this? I threw away the whole pot! Thinking it might spread to the others. Now, I know better. So do you.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get growing! Oh yes, firstly, you need to buy your Indoor Herb Garden Kit. Beginner or not, it will be a good family project to work on. Or as a gift.

A book – The Cook’s Herb Garden

I found this notable book on Amazon and must share it with you.

This book shows you how to grow your own herbs on a window sill, in pots, on the patio or in a vegetable garden. It contains step-by-step photographs on how to plant, nurture, harvest and store your herbs.

Additionally, it includes more than 30 recipes and flavour charts that list the best herbs to pair with popular ingredients.

Not only an excellent book of knowledge for growing herbs but also a great companion for a cook. You will be amazed by the 150 different culinary herbs and their varieties listed in this book.

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Ways to use your herbs

Once you have your herbs, there are many ways to use them.

Besides using fresh herbs to cook your regular dish, you can add fresh chopped herbs to:

  • Pasta
  • Soups
  • Sauces
  • Dressings
  • Marinades
  • Couscous
  • Green salad
  • Scrambled eggs and omelettes or
  • Simply use them as garnishing

You may even use herbs to relieve stress and anxiety, lose weight and reduce stomach bloating and gassiness.

Also, consider to make yourself a smoothie with fresh herbs! Click here to find out how to make a healthy smoothie without a recipe or try juicing with herbs.

Alternatively, click here to learn how to make herb infused oil.

All in All

Now that you know there are various kits on indoor garden herbs for beginners to start off with, do not let the “don’t know how” or “too troublesome to buy all the supplies” stop you from growing your own herbs indoors. The starter kit is an innovative solution that gives you the solution to start growing them.

Furthermore, this is an impressive and unique gift for someone special. Don’t you think so?

In addition, you won’t need to buy herbs by the bunch at the supermarket, only to throw some away when they dried out. No more wastages.

Once you get to experience the whole growing process and decide which herbs you like, you may then proceed to buy the supplies separately to grow your herbs indoors. Click here to find out how to grow herbs indoor year round.

Before I leave you to check out the herb garden kits, please share your experience in growing or using herbs in the comment section below. Also, do you see yourself using this kit and how do you feel about giving this as a gift?

In One Glance

The various indoor herb garden for beginners to start off with

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Sharon is on a career break, minding her family. During her free hours, she loves sharing her passion for herbs and spices. She learned how to build this website at Wealthy Affiliate University. If you have a passionate topic and would love to share, click here to learn how to build your own profitable website!

20 Replies to “Indoor Herb Garden for Beginners

  1. Hi
    I would really love to start an indoor herb garden so i am glad i have found your post.
    I have not got green fingers but with the information you have written down it looks so easy to follow:)
    I like the look of the mason jar grow your own herbs set.
    One thing i will ask do they cause any sort of green fly?
    as i am really not keen on any sort of fly.
    Ways to use your herbs wow so many uses, i am going to attempt to do this as it also looks fun to do.
    Thanks for your detailed post:)

    1. Hello,

      The mason jar herb kit looks beautiful don’t they? I love it too. Flies can be irritating, I understand that. You will be glad to know that herb plants are good insect repellent. Especially basil, rosemary and mint. Here you go, another benefit for growing your herbs indoor.

      Go on, try growing yours. Easily done with the herb garden starter kit.

      Let me know if you need further help.



  2. Thank you so much for your help!!

    I have always wanted to grow my own ingredients in the kitchen. I cook A LOT and everything I make is made from scratch. Unfortunately, I do not have a green thumb, lol. I have killed nearly everything I’ve tried to grow, except for succulents and orchids (I don’t know how these are alive and healthy).

    I’m going to purchase the “EASYSTART KITCHEN GARDEN HERBS – ORGANIC HERB KIT”. Wish me luck! I am excited and hopeful!

    1. Hi Kayley,

      I am glad this article has given you the information needed and helped you to quickly decide which one to buy.

      All the best in growing your own herbs! Please let me know how it turns out for you.

      Have a great day!


  3. I like your article Sharon I grow an outside garden every year. I’m just wondering how this herb would grow and the garden alongside corn and tomatoes and maybe lettuce an cabbage?

    1. Hi Fred,

      Thanks for dropping by again.

      In fact, there are benefits to growing herbs alongside vegetables. Some herb plants actually help repel insects and pests. Conversely, some may draw nutrients and moisture from companion plants. Therefore, you need to know which herb plants go along with the vegetables you’ve mentioned. I found an article here that will help you with the pairing.

      Hope this helps and happy growing!

  4. Hi Sharon, I really like the idea of an indoor herb garden. The Window Sill with the square planters I think was my favorite in this review and I like that you can choose from a variety of herb options. Are there any pre-planted options available? My thumb is anything but green, so the easier the better. I do ok to keep Green onion alive in a glass of water to let it regrow about 3 times. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    1. Nice to see you here again, Tara.

      The indoor herb garden is beautiful, aren’t they? Yes, pre-planted options are available on Amazon. You can search under ‘herb plant lives’. The herb starter kit is meant for anyone who loves to start growing their own, green or not. It will be a good project. Try it!

      Let’s get growing!

  5. Hi Sharon, thanks for your review regarding the various kits for growing herbs.
    We have a south facing kitchen window that’s ideal for growing herbs, we’re currently looking for some inspiration. The Herb Garden Starter Kit – Sow & Grow by Nature’s Blossom’s captured our interest as a starter due to comprising Basil, Sage, Thyme, Parsley and Cilantro; herbs we regularly use.
    Are there any herbs you would class for the more experienced grower or are they all pretty straightforward to grow? We are newbies to growing herbs.
    Thanks for your detailed information,

    1. Hi Simon. Great to know that you’re interested in growing your own herbs. Most of the Herbs Starter Kits are pretty straightforward to use. Try it out and as you get to know the steps better, you may consider growing your own without using the kit.
      The benefit of using a Starter Kit is that it provides everything for you to start your little project. There is no hassle in searching for the supplies separately.
      Besides growing from seeds, some herbs can grow well from cuttings off the matured plants. Click here to find out how to grow herbs indoor year round. It explained the best types of herbs to be grown indoor and step by step guide in growing from seeds, transplanting and propagating.
      Please free to contact me should you need help. Let me know how your herbs growing session go.

      Best Regards,

  6. I’d never heard of a herb called Cilantro before. I had to look it up on Google to learn that it’s just another name for the same plant that we call Coriander. I must give one of these indoor herb gardens a try. I’ve not had much luck growing herbs outdoors. Thanks for putting the kit comparison together. i think the one I’ll try first is Nature’s Blossom Starter kit.

    BTW, I’d like to try to grow some Turmeric. Know anywhere I can get seed or root from?

    1. Hello Gary,

      When I started out, I was confused between cilantro and coriander but quickly found out that it depends on where we use it. In the UK, it is coriander and in the USA, it is cilantro. Glad you had it sorted out.

      I have not tried growing turmeric but I do have a pot of sand ginger also known as aromatic ginger given to me by my mother. I have no idea how to grow it from the start but just maintaining it without much effort.

      I have found a very good article on how to grow turmeric indoors, using its root. Hope it will help you get started. Perhaps, I should too.

      Let me know if I can be of help in other matters and do drop by again telling me how your plant grows.

      All the BEST!

  7. Sharon,
    What a variety of starter kits. I think the window sill 10 pack would be the most interesting to me. I would just have to get bigger pots for later when they outgrow the starter pots. I do have many indoor plants now, adding some herbs will increase the value of the plants that I have.
    Thanks for your article and information.

    1. Hello John,

      They look beautiful, don’t they? It may be a hassle having to transplant them at a later stage but for the love of gardening and fresh herbs, I ain’t gonna complain. Hope it works out for you.

      Thanks for dropping by.

  8. Hey Sharon:

    Thanks for your post about indoor herb garden kits. I am especially grateful for your tips on dealing with mold. Mold has been the reason for me giving up on the whole thing.

    I have a heavy hand with water, I think. Every time I try to grow stuff indoors I get the dreaded mold and, like you, my tendency has been to dump the pot. It puts a major crimp in my indoor growing thing.

    1. Hello Netta,

      So, it is just not me alone dumping the pot 😉 Hopefully, from now onward, you will be able to grow them successfully indoor. 

      Light exposure plays an important role too. Ensure your herb plants get at least 4 – 6 hours of light. Check out these grow lights if your herbs need a bit of help with lighting.

      All the BEST and happy GROWING


  9. Oh I have wanted to do this forever and a day.  I eat healthy, salads, veggies, and I am always buying herbs which literally costs a fortune at the market..  To have fresh herbs on hand is what I’ve been so thinking about, but honestly, I never really had the ambition.  This takes the ambition right out of it.  I am psyched, actually, about the Windowsill Indoor Herb Garden Kit.  It’s a little more than the other ones, but it’s gorgeous, and it comes with more herbs.  I don’t know what the coconut cor does for the herbs, but I know I have a coconut filter water bottle I use that infuses my water with nutrients, so it must be pretty good for plants too.  Non GMO also.  SOLD!

    1. Hello. I am glad you found the right one. Coconut coir helps improve drainage while retaining moisture at the same time. These are important to prevent root rot. Do let me know how the herb garden kit works out for you.

      Happy Growing!


  10. After reading your article I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I would use the square planters option on the windowsills of the home – I have rather large window areas around our house!

    If I wanted to move this herb garden out into the main garden over the summer months – would it be safe to plant them near a vegetable patch or would this effect their growth?

    1. Hi Chris.

      Nice to see you here again. Glad you found your ideal indoor herb garden kit.

      Planting herbs near a vegetable patch can be beneficial to the growth of the veggies. It is called companion planting. Example: Growing basil near tomatoes help repel flies and mosquitoes. And mint near cabbage deters white cabbage moth. I found a website with very interesting and good information here. Hope this helps. 

      Happy Growing!


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