You do not have to be a gardening expert to grow your own produce and this is even more the case with growing your own herbs. All you need is a suitable container, some soil and either seeds or young plants to start you off.
It is a good idea to have a range of different herbs in the herb garden so that you have a variety to use in different recipes. Some herbs are easier to grow than others and some will completely take over so a single pot of mint for instance is preferable to mint planted with other herbs.
Different varieties of the same herb can be grown together such as flat leaf parsley and curly parsley, large leaf Italian basil and large purple sweet basil.
Chives are an easy herb to grow and can be used in potato salad or as a garnish for soups. They are a particularly rich source of vitamin C and beta carotene.
Herb plants can be bought from many supermarkets and can usually be planted in an herb garden to prolong their life however growing herbs from seed is simple to do and produces lots of plants which can be shared with friends and family.