When creating your own home herb garden, there are many options available to you, I have created this list of tips just to simplify the process if you have no idea where to start, or are suffering from information overload!

Choose 3 herbs to begin with, you can buy a set of three small pots in a shared tray that is small enough to fit on a window ledge and looks very attractive. You can choose to grow from seed or buy small potted herbs. These would be very handy for cooking with if placed in the kitchen, try to make sure they are in a position to get plenty of sun.
Do some research on the herbs you have chosen and consider whether they will stay indoors or be planted outside. If you choose to plant them outside (when they are sufficiently established of course), I would advise to plant in a pot on the patio in the first instance, this will allow you to move the herb easily to the most beneficial location (with regard to sunshine) for it to flourish.
As you move herbs outdoors (or maybe to another location in the home) you can then start growing another herb in the vacant pot, thus building your collection and learning about each one gradually.
As your knowledge increases, you will be in a much better position to design an outdoor herb garden, which herbs will thrive in which type of soil and which need the most sunshine etc. A word of warning from personal experience here: if you are growing mint, I would keep it in its own pot or container -- mint completely overwhelmed the rest of my herbs and ran riot in my first attempt at a home herb garden outdoors!
To preserve your herbs for later use, you can dry them, freeze them or preserve them in salt or vinegar. Freezing is probably the simplest way initially, wash and chop into inch long segments, freeze laid out flat on greaseproof paper and when frozen you can put them into a sealable bag, and a label may be a good idea for identification, especially if you store many herbs in the freezer!
Enjoy your herbs, be proud of them, use them in recipes and enhance the flavour and aroma of the dishes you create. It is very satisfying to know you have grown them yourself and that they are natural, organic and chemical free.
You may also want to look into using herbs for medicinal purposes, they have been used in natural remedies for centuries, for example using lavender to aid sleep. Herbal teas are also very popular these days, for example chamomile tea, peppermint tea etc.

The products that come from a home herb garden benefit us in so many ways. Most herbs have more than one use, and nearly all herbs are beneficial. When your plants are harvested, you receive fresh produce that you can use instantly.

One enjoyment of your herbs is the medicinal and healing attributes they have. Many of the drugs bought from the local drug store are derived from the natural herbs from gardens. Over 100 herbal drugs or medicines that you buy are used in the same way they were used by the natives who introduced them. The medical profession in general owes its beginning to treatments using herbal remedies. Some herbs that have medicinal uses are:

· The Aloe vera plant enjoys a moderate climate, and this makes it better suited for indoors. A strategic location in your home will allow for use of the healing sap anytime you have minor burns or scratches.

· Borage has a cucumber like taste, and is used in teas and topically for a variety of ailments.

· Cayenne, also used for a hot flavoring for food, has soothing effects for digestive problems.

· Chervil is used for flavoring of foods, but its medicinal uses include treatment of high blood pressure.

· Dill has stomach soothing qualities to go along with its culinary use as a food flavoring.

· Chamomile is used as mild relaxant and in treatment of depression, stress, and anxiety.

If you own an herb garden, you and the great chefs of the world probably have one thing in common: the culinary use of herbs. Without herbs and spices, food would be very bland, just as it was before these plants were introduced centuries ago. The culinary benefits of herbs are represented in part by:

· Arugula, a mustard-like plant, with a flavor similar to horseradish. It is commonly used in salads and stir-fries.

· Basil, an excellent salad addition.

· Coriander, used in flavoring of Asian and Indian foods.

· Summer savory, used in a variety of dishes for flavoring. Similar in taste to thyme.
Another benefit of a home herb garden is the fragrances and beauty of many of the plants. Of course, some herbs look rather drab and don't have beautiful blooms, but most have smells that are pleasing to the senses. Some of theses scents serve to deter certain insects and some wild animal life. Herbs with pleasing aromas include mint, lavender, sage, lemon balm, rosemary, and thyme.

The benefits of a home herb garden are many. Enjoy yours to the fullest by studying all the possibilities it provides.

So you're interested in starting a home herb garden but you're not sure where to begin. Well it's simple really, and certainly easier than starting a full fledged vegetable garden. Not only are herb gardens easier to maintain, but they're easier to start as well.

The first thing you need to figure out when starting a home herb garden is exactly which herbs you will be growing. As a beginner, try to make this list limited to mainly herbs that you will use frequently. After deciding on what you want to grow, you'll need to research them thoroughly. All herbs grow differently, require different conditions to grow, and different procedures for harvesting them. So do your homework and get a good picture of what each herb is like. This will also help you find out how easy or hard it is to grow each of your chosen plants. You may even decide to take one off your list initially because it is particularly hard to grow.

The second thing you need to figure out when starting a home herb garden is where you're going to grow. And for this you won't need a lot of space. This makes things very flexible in terms of where you want to grow. You can start growing herbs in your yard, or indoors in containers, or even in hanging containers outside. As you'll learn from your research, different herbs require different conditions. Sure, most herbs enjoy a lot of sunlight, but others grow best (as well as most flavorful) in shadier spots. Additionally, some herbs may be better in dry areas and others in moist ones. So figure out the best conditions for the herbs you've decided to grow and choose your location.

Now that you've gotten all the preliminary groundwork decided on, you need to get your supplies. You'll need your seeds (or plants depending on the herb you're growing), soil, and containers if you plan on growing them indoors. Now when you plant, you need to know the right way to plant each herb, as each herb will need different soil and moisture conditions. You'll also need to research how much the particular herb needs to be watered.

After you've accomplished these three steps, you should be well on your way to growing your home herb garden. Just keep on watering and caring for your plants and with a little patience and nurturing you will be rewarded with your own home grown herbs to enjoy in your kitchen.