I once attended a class held by David Hanson of Sage Garden Herbs.
Along with the information, David gave everyone some rosemary and thyme cuttings. I babied the cuttings in a small jar of water on my kitchen windowsill, potted them and they smell wonderful.
I also enjoy using fresh rosemary and thyme in my cooking.
Now, before you "poo pooh" herbs as a hobby-type thing, price fresh herbs at your local market. Sure, they sell in small boxes for a couple of bucks.
Do the math. They cost roughly forty dollars a pound.
If you really want to bring home the food budget bacon, grow herbs. They'll give you more bang for the buck than tomatoes.
You know that by August you'll have a glut of tomatoes and zucchini. By September you'll be sick of eating them. You won't be alone. Last summer my husband and I went to Morden for a day trip. There, by the tourist information booth like a basket of unwanted kittens, was a box of zucchini, free for the taking. And tomatoes can go for less than a buck a pound.
But fresh herbs, like a GIC, are a safe investment. They never crash and they give a steady return.
They are also compact.
One of the annoyances about getting older is downsizing. A smaller place is easier to keep clean, but often doesn't come with a large garden. A variety of herbs can easily be grown on a shelf under grow lights or by a sunny window all year round.
Just put the plants on a layer of pebbles on an old cookie tray and add water for a little extra moisture when the heating is going.