While you may not have a back yard to dig around in, living in an apartment is no excuse not to have a herb garden. Not only does a herb garden add to the general ambience of your living space, but you will also love having what it produces on hand for cooking.
There are countless herb garden ideas out there, but mint, parsley, chives and basil are good plants to start with. All these herbs are relatively easy to grow and are common cooking ingredients - plus, you will love having mint on hand for those spring mojitos!
In the beginning, you will need pots, soil and seeds (or pre-grown plants). There are many options for pots, just make sure they have holes in the bottom for drainage. On a budget? Hit the second-hand shops and collect a variety of colours and patterns for a cool, vintage garden design. Alternatively, collect coffee cans and drill some small holes in the bottom.
Don't buy budget soil - you want your growing plants to have high-quality earth that's rich in nutrients. It's also a good idea to buy some perlite at the garden store, as it will make drainage easier.
Whether you want to start with seeds or pre-grown plants is a personal preference. Though seeds are less expensive, the instant gratification of having a little plant in the apartment is hard to beat.
Your herbs will require plenty of sunshine, so situating them near the window sill will likely help them flourish. Check your garden weekly, and if the soil looks and feels dry, water the plants. It's best to water from the bottom up, instead of from the top. Just submerge the pot in water for as long as it takes for the roots to get nice and soaked, but be careful not to over water them. Let them drain for a moment before putting them back.