Cooking with herbs that you grow yourself can be a satisfying and delicious experience. There are many varieties of herb that you can grow in your garden, and many different configurations for an herb garden. Starting an economic herb garden is fairly easy and, depending on items you have already, can be done with a minimum of purchased materials.
Determine what kind of garden you will be planting. If you already have close to the number of pots that you will need for the garden, then planting the herbs in pots indoors or on a porch is a convenient and economic option. However, if you intend to grow a lot of herb plants, plant the herbs outdoors in a garden plot to save money. Choose an area that receives four to seven hours of direct sunlight.
Prepare the soil. Mix four parts organic material (like peat moss, compost or manure) to five parts fertile, well-drained soil and one part sand. Manure is often the most economical choice, unless you make your own compost.
Use a shovel to break up the soil in an outdoor plot to a depth of 12 to 18 inches. Remove any plants already present. Combine the manure (or other organic material) and the sand with the natural soil in the plot. If you are planting herbs in pots, fill them with the same mix of soil. Mix it well and water the ground.
Plant the herb seeds in the plot or pots. Plant the herbs far enough away from each other that they will not stunt each others' growth or interfere with sunlight, but close enough that weeds will not be encouraged to grow between the adult herbs. It is also a good idea to keep plants that require similar amounts of water in the same section of the plot.
Water your herbs regularly.