Monday, March 19, 2012

DIY Herb Garden

Don't miss out on growing your own herbs this spring! If you have never grown herbs before, I highly recommend it. There is nothing more satisfying and simple than snipping from your garden for fresh flavor. I don't have a very green thumb, but I have managed to keep my herbs alive the past several years {click here for my 2011 garden}. 

This year I decided to change things up and plant all my herbs in one big bucket.

An entire pot of fresh herbs will cost you about the same price as buying them per bunch in the store for one recipe.
Each year I pick a different variety, and this year I decided to focus practically upon the herbs that we really use most in the kitchen: Mint, Parsley, Cilantro, Rosemary, Cilantro and Basil. Each herb cost $3.48 from Home Depot.
We mixed the cheapest soil we could find at Walmart {$1.98/bag}, with old soil from our old herb pots and fertilizer.
Our wood barrel came from Home Depot last season, on sale for $20. It is so important to drill extra holes in the bottom of your pot to promote adequate drainage.
Note: If you are worried about your pot getting too heavy, or requiring too much soil, you can fill the first half with packaging peanuts, plastic water bottles, rocks, or soda cans {says the gardening experts I found on google}. 
Make sure to place your pot in an area where it will receive direct sun most of the day. It is also a good idea to map out your herb placement! We did a dry run with the taller herbs {cilantro & parsley} in the back, and the shortest herb {oregano} in the front. 
Dig a small hole, deep down. Remove one of the plants from its nursery container. Gently loosen the soil around its roots. You don't want to tear the roots apart - just loosen them up a bit. Put in the hole and pack about an inch of dirt over top of the root ball. Repeat for the other plants, giving them several inches of room between each other.  
Water when finished.
  Label your herbs! I wrote on jumbo craft sticks {$1.78/pk at Walmart}.
 Do not over water; pour in a cup of water only when leaves look droopy. 

 {Note: For cooking, cut leaves and stems off the tops first - not the sides.}

What are you planting this year? 

20 comments:

  1. great idea! i need to do this now that we have a little outdoor space! xoxo jillian:: Shopbop $100 Giftcard Giveaway!

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  2. I need to do this asap! Your's looks great! Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. This looks great, I love planting fresh herbs.

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  4. This is adorable!! May have to steal this idea after we move :)

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  5. Super cute C! I wish I could do this but I only get sunlight in the mornings. I've killed many plants, including easy mums haha!

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  6. This is so cute!! I'm the world's worst with plants and am barely remembering to water my new spring flowers! Yikes!!

    Great project .... I love the names on the sticks!

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  7. Always wondered how you were supposed to cut them!!! Thanks for the heads up! You're garden looks lovely and I love seeing little snippets of your cute house!

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  8. LOVE! I so need to do this! I have been wanting to for a while!

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  9. Can't wait to plant mine! I'm actually planting everything you planted minus the parsley. Cameron is building me a raised bed for all of my veggies this year! Real excited!

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  10. What an awesome idea! I stumbled upon your blog from my friends' page
    (http://missjordanlee.blogspot.com)

    And I definitely had to start following immediately! In college, I had an herb garden and some people thought we were nuts! But it really does taste better, saves money in the long run, and provides better, fresher foods! Love the barrel idea!

    iammkroxc.blogspot.com

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  11. This is so cool :) Such a neat idea. Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. I love this idea! We currently have over 100+ flowers in our backyard. Most of them are still dormant, but some have finally started to emerge from the winters cold... I continuously will post new emerging flowers as I love taking pictures of them! xoxo A-

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  13. Come plant me a garden PPPLLLLEEEAASSEEE! Yours looks so pretty :)

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  14. I just came across your blog and I'm OBSESSED with it. I'm planning my wedding for the end of June, and have just gone through your wedding posts. You are so crafty! I absolutely love this herb garden!

    ps. Go Gators!

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  15. True story - the first picture looks like your back yard. You need to do that stat. BTW - I'm totally copying your herb garden, can you come help me? Thanks!

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  16. It turned out great! Love it! I would love to make a little herb garden!

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  17. I just did this based on your tutorial! I tweeted it but don't know your handle to tag you. I linked to your post though so we can inspire all of Charlotte to grow fresh herbs!! :) LOOOOVED THIS!

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  18. Adoreable! Th eonly thing I'd be worried about is planting the mint with everythign else-it's really invasive.

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