Want to create a beautiful in-home herb garden? This isn't just a way to make your home smell wonderful; it's also a great addition to your cooking. Herbs grow quite easily in any environment, but there are some things that you can do to ensure that your herbs flourish and remain fragrant all year long. 

1. Old Tins For Stalk Herbs

You can use your old tin cans for herbs that grow upwards, such as basil. If you have a pet, such as a cat or dog, you undoubtedly have tons of tins. Tins are useful because they separate the plants, ensuring that the plants aren't encroaching upon one another. They don't have natural drainage, though, so remember to pierce a few holes in the bottom and to place the herbs in a tray for watering.

2. Use Shoe Holders For Compact, Diverse Gardens

Do you want to grow a lot of herbs? Shoe holders are the perfect solution. Shoe holders suspend from the back of a door; you can fill the shoe holding slots with soil. The catch? You need to make sure that you waterproof this garden before you add soil and that you don't over water. Slide plastic bags into the shoe holding slots before you fill with soil, to make sure that you don't flood your home every time you tend your garden!

3. Use Cheap Side Tables for Direct Sunlight

Some plants require direct sunlight for growth, which makes them largely unsuitable for kitchen gardens -- unless, of course, you have a very wide window ledge. Buy some cheap side tables at the next garage sale, thrift shop, or furniture store and place them in direct sunlight as they grow. Remember, the operative word is cheap -- no matter how careful you are about watering, you're going to end up getting some moisture on the table and in between the plants.

4. Use Egg Crates for Starters

When starting your in-home garden, you may want to grow multiple plants before you move them to a larger pot. You can use egg crates -- the paper shells that eggs come in -- to grow up to eighteen plants at once. You can then select the ones that grow best to move to your larger pots or to their permanent homes. 

There are many herbs that you can grow in a garden, from basil to even some small strains of tomato. Even better, there are very few ways that you can go wrong. Just make sure your herb plants are kept in moist -- not watery -- soil and that they get enough sun and you should be well on your way to your personal garden.