Let’s Get Gardening: How to Grow Your Own Herbs

by the Brightly Editors

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Looking for a fun, at-home activity you can do all year round? Try growing your own herbs! You can easily do this on a kitchen windowsill, on a balcony, or in your own backyard. For even more easy gardening projects for kids, be sure to check out Let’s Get Gardening: 30 Easy Gardening Projects for Children.

Growing Herbs

Herbs such as oregano, parsley, and thyme can easily be grown from seed. In winter, however, it’s best to grow them on a sunny windowsill using potted herbs.

Fun Fact: Herbs like to be in warm, sunny places outdoors. A little shade is okay, but don’t put them somewhere that is always shady.

You Will Need: 

  • Cartons
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Large paper clips
  • Stones
  • All-purpose compost
  • Paper or cardboard
  • Herb seeds


  1. Collect a number of fruit juice cartons. These will make colorful containers for your herbs. They also have a waterproof lining and will not fall apart.
  2. Using scissors, cut off the top quarter of the carton. Next, make drainage holes in the bottom using a pen or pencil.
  3. Join your containers together with large paper clips. Arrange them in a pattern — they look best if you place the side with writing at the back.
  4. Put a few stones at the bottom of each carton for drainage, then fill the cartons with all-purpose compost. It may be easier to do this if you make a cone out of paper or cardboard.
  5. Sprinkle a few oregano, parsley, and thyme seeds into separate cartons. Cover with a thin layer of compost. Water the soil and leave the seeds in a well lit place to germinate. Keep the herbs lightly watered.
  6. Thin out the seedlings if they get crowded. You can eat the little plants you’ve pulled out. Don’t let your herbs dry out.

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