There are a few simple mistakes that many herb newbies make (and I know, because I made most of ’em myself). Master these simple and practical tips for herb gardening and you’ll be using your own fresh herbs like Mario Batali in no time.

Growing an indoor herb garden during winter can be challenging. Some herbs do fine while others need more light and warmth than a kitchen windowsill provides. After experimenting over the years, these are my top five herbs that thrive inside all winter.