Reprinted with permission from Thrifty Times (original link:http://thriftytimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=197) Cooking from scratch is a basic rule to being thrifty. You can control ingredients and lower harmful additives and sugars and increase flavor. In our house we use herbs constantly. With a little effort you can grow your own herbs insuring high flavor for little to no cost. Some herbs can be grown from seeds but some have low germination rates and are best grown from plants. Besides the typical “Italian” herbs such as rosemary, parsley, basil and thyme you can grow a variety of herbs. There are a variety of mints, sage, chives and more. In order to help you get started I have listed some websites that are full of information (instead of advertisements and affiliate links!) to help you get started with your herb garden. American Botanical Council http://abc.herbalgram.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Herbal_Library Herb Society of America http://www.herbsociety.org/ Half Barrel Herb Garden http://web.extension.illinois.edu/greenline/i1328_384.html#10 Window Herb Gardening in Florida http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/plants_and_grasses/herbs/window_herb_gardens.html Any help or ideas on herb gardening? Chime in.