Herb Gardening for Beginners: The Best Tools

herb gardening for beginners: the best toolsOne of the nicest things about herb gardening is that you don’t really need a lot of tools and supplies, just a few basics. It’s perfect for beginner gardeners or for those who have minimal space available for storage. Aside from your plants and containers, there are just a few things you’ll want to have on hand.

Sharp Pruning Snips

If you only buy one thing on this adventure, I recommend it be a nice sharp pair of pruning snips. It makes life so much easier and using scissors instead of pulling or plucking insures that you don’t do damage to the overall plant.

These don’t have to be anything fancy and you can use your kitchen scissors if you really want to. Whatever you decide to use, just make sure the blades are sharp for a nice clean cut.

Fiskars makes an easy to squeeze pruning snip that’s perfect for herbs and rarely need any sharpening, they’re my go-to product choice and they’re super affordable.

Quick tip: You can also use these snips to cut up your fresh herbs while you’re cooking if you’re not comfortable using a kitchen knife to chop them. Perfect for letting kids help, too.

Soils and Fertilizers

Potting mix is generally recommended for growing herbs at home. There are lots of choices available both online and in-person at your local home and garden center or nursery. Grab something packed with organic materials and you’re all set.

When it comes to fertilizing your plants, indoors and outdoors, a natural compost tea is a great alternative to expensive off the shelf products. If you don’t have a compost bin and want to pick up a prepackaged bag or a bottle of liquid fertilizer, just be sure to read the package and ingredients carefully. Anything you use on your herb plants needs to be safe for edibles and generated from organic materials.

Small Watering Can

Remember that dripping wet plant leaves can lead to mildew growth and disease problems, so you want to water at the soil or ground level so the water can soak down and absorb into the roots.

A small watering can makes this a little bit easier when it comes to small plants, even if your plants are outside.

Herb Keepers for Storage in the Kitchen After Harvest

You want to prune and harvest regularly so that your plants continue to grow and provide fresh herbs to use, but you need to store those someplace. There are lots of options for storage and we’ll discuss some of those in more depth later on.

Aside from your standard storage methods, some of the latest innovations in kitchen technology have brought us some fun storage keepers, containers, and pods that are easy to use and designed especially for the storage of herbs – and they look kind of futuristic and fun too.

There are plenty of other things you could buy if you wanted to really go all out, but you really don’t need a lot of fuss or expensive gadgets to be able to enjoy growing your own herb garden. Start with one or two things in the beginning and add to your collection of tools over time.