First time gardener or seasoned veteran, there are some basic principles to growing which every gardener can leverage for their benefit. Understanding and applying some of these core gardening practices will make you look like a natural green-thumb.
There's nothing like having fresh herbs in the kitchen, on hand whenever I need them. The best way to assure this is to grow them myself, and it's incredibly simple. I used Ferry-Morse Windowsill Herb Garden and it comes with everything that I needed to get started, including the soil and seeds.