The Easiest Way To Create a DIY Indoor Herb Garden, According to a Verified Gardening Genius

If you've always filed "plant an herb garden" under "things I've wanted to do, but have never gotten around to," now's the time to move it to your in-progress projects list.

That's because it's actually a pretty simple endeavor that can be tackled in an afternoon—including actually building the planter in which your mini herb garden will live. Yes, a store-bought planter would also do the trick, but those don't come with that triumphant feeling of conquering a DIY project (trust).

To give you the step-by-step, we asked longtime gardener Bailey Van Tassel to walk through exactly how make your own indoor herb garden. Step one? Choosing where you're going to place your garden—like a windowsill—then measuring to find out how much planting space you have to work with.

"Herbs like full sun, so I am lucky that my window faces west, " Van Tassel says. "I get a ton of afternoon sun, which is great. A south-facing window is wonderful as well. And if you don't have either of those, you can go ahead and put your herbs outdoors for a few hours each day or move them around the house."

Once you've picked a spot and size for your planter, it's time to gather the materials. If you want to go the full DIY route, you'll need pre-cut wood (when you buy it, ask them to cut it for you), wood glue, treated nails, and a hammer. Then, collect your herbs of choice, potting soil, and a few other essentials, including a bottle of Bona Antibacterial Surface Cleaner to clean up the inevitable mess (you're working with dirt, after all).

"It's really important to keep these counters nice and clean because I am in here with the kids all day, so I like to use a cleaner that's not too harsh, that doesn't have crazy chemicals, but gets the job done," Van Tassel says.

Bona's cleaner fits that bill because it's hydrogen peroxide-based, comes in three fresh scents, and—when you let it sit on the surface for 10 minutes—kills 99.9 percent of household germs.* So you'll end your afternoon of DIYing with a new indoor herb garden and a cleaner-than-before kitchen.

Ready to make your own indoor herb garden? Watch the video above for all of Tassel's tips.

*Kills 99.9% of Influenza A H1N1 Virus, Rhinovirus, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA], Trichophyton mentagrophytes, on hard non-porous surfaces in 10 minutes

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