Growing your own spices, such as oregano and basil, is one of the easiest things to “grow” if you’re looking to save a little money and beautify your space. There’s really very little difference between McCormick’s spices and the stuff you can grow on your own, except yours will be fresher and have richer flavor (and it’ll be a little cheaper). My girlfriend and I started growing our own spices on our back deck and it’s ridiculous easy. Just hop on over to Home Depot where you can pick up those little containers of spices for around 99 cents a piece, a plastic planter, and transplant.
When you calculate out the total cost, it’s about the same as buying spices from the supermarket (considering the planter, the water, the brief time, the plant itself, etc.) but your spices will be fresh (i.e. not dried up) and it’ll give your space a little more green. Plus, people will automatically assume you’re going to be good at cooking because you grow your own spices… just don’t prove them wrong.
And remember to keep gnomes around to guard against spice thieves!