Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 Herb Garden

It's tempting to get caught up in Pinterest herb gardens.  There are pictures of all kinds of hanging herb gardens, herbs in a wreath, herbs in jars, and herbs in, of all things, a shoe hanger.  I love seeing other people's projects and these would be perfect for me if I still lived in an apartment or had a teeny tiny plot of land. 

A shortage of land, however, is not my problem:

(Usually it's not this dreary looking but seriously, would a little sunshine kill anybody?)

So, casting aside the ideas of the cute (& photogenic) herb gardens mentioned above, I got out one of those mini shovels (for those of you as new to gardening as I am, it's called a trowel) and dug some holes by our front entryway.  There was no reason not to put herbs right in the ground.  I wanted easy access from the kitchen so I can grab herbs while I'm cooking dinner.


I planted sage, oregano, basil, parsley, dill, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, & (shock of shocks) catnip...


I also decided to upcycle some cracked terra cotta planters that we had around the house as herb markers.  Each piece of pottery tells me which herb is which and serves to keep them a bit separated.  My dad does this in his garden and I love the way it looks.



Our local flower shop has a huge selection of herbs, but Home Depots do too.  Finding herbs should be no problem this time of year.

We'll have to task Jaisa with cooking up some tasty dishes that star all different kinds of herbs this summer.  Are you planting an herb garden?  Let us know and stay hungry!

32 comments:

  1. This looks great! I need to get my herbs planted!

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  2. Very cool idea! And a great way to deal with all of the broken pots!

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  3. I am so glad I found your blog - I love all the awesome ideas I get from you!! I am fairly new to blogging and basically just read and refer to other great blogs I find - LOL - Just had to tell you!! Thanks again!!

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  4. What a great idea, it looks really nice!

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  5. How fantastic is that?! So much love! Thank you for sharing, it's adorable.

    xoxo!
    Jen

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  6. I love these so much - what a great way to make something cute out of something broken!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Christina! I'm loving the Anthro-inspired numbers you also featured... I'll have to give those a shot!!

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  7. I'm with you on this! I have a really large backyard and need to do something more encompassing of the space. I really like your herb garden and think I'll try it out!

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  8. As I am still in the tiny apartment mine are in little window boxes but are healthy and growing!

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  9. Lovely idea! Just a word to the wise: oregano flowers are very nice, but it self-seeds to the point where it chokes out other plants, even in my zone 3 garden.

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    1. GREAT to know! I'll keep that in mind. My mother in law told me that mint does the same thing so I have that in a separate pot.

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  10. I don't think it's a dreary looking garden. I kinda like your space. Try to plant trees which are big and can give you a lot of shade.

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  11. Wow. That's great you have so much land to work with! How fun!
    What did you use to write on the broken pot?

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    1. Just black Sharpie! It's held up very well so far... still looks exactly the same!

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  13. Beautiful! I just hope you put the catnip either far away from the others or in a container it can't escape from. As with all mint, it will go mad and take over everywhere!!!!! Thanks for the idea with the pots and the inspiration to plant more herbs.

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  14. I hope one day we have a herb garden as large as yours! I love that you use old terra cotta planters to mark everything... it looks so nice!

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  15. I saw you post this link on YHL and had to come check it out. I love herbs and am slowly adding some into our gardens. Our cilantro went crazy, of course, but I'm loving our lavender! The lavender is a part of our normal flower bed (a few more were too but didn't come back this year). The rest are in with our veggies. I love the idea of urban gardening, using our front yard for a veggie/herb garden along with planting flowers too. I think it looks nice and some plants really do better with companions. Great looking yard by the way - so many possibilities!!!

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  16. Wonderful idea. I love it and will try it. Your land looks wonderful also. We have 2 1/4 acres but not a lot of water so I have to redo my yard. This will help. Thank you.

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  19. What a great idea. Lovely. Just a question about how you got the edges so straight without the pottery breaking. Did you use a special saw?

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    1. No, actually... these were just broken pieces I found in a garage, plus pieces I made by breaking an already cracked pot (I think I just tapped it gently on the concrete floor of our garage). None of the pieces are too even but work just fine for this... it's almost time to replant my annual herbs. The perennial ones are already good to go!

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  24. nice...I am into herb planting...this is a wonderful idea, marker for all the herbs name...thanks for sharing....happy planting!!!

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