One of the best things about summer for me is planting an herb garden. Having fresh herbs at my fingertips to add to a dinner dish is a happy thing. In past summers, I planted my herbs in the ground and they thrived. But then fall and winter arrive and, not surprisingly, the herbs withered and died. Boohoo ! So this May, I decided to plant a container herb garden. My hope is that I can bring the containers inside in the fall, set them in a sunny spot and have fresh herbs throughout the long winter months. This is my hope.
I knew I wanted to plant a bunch of different herbs and decided on these and found them at my local Home Depot:
I would say the three herbs I use the most in cooking are the parsley, basil and oregano. To kick up a salad, I add dill, chives, lemon balm, mint or parsley. I like the mint for desserts. For fish, I use the dill and lemon balm. I love potatoes…love potatoes, so that’s why I plant the chives and rosemary. And to add a little something to plain ol’ water, I like the mint and lemon balm. And quite honestly, most of these herbs are interchangeable in recipes.
With that in mind, I went on the hunt for containers. I was open to the shape. I knew I wanted something neutral. And TAADAA! I found the perfect containers at Target. (Can I just say I love that store??!!) I really liked the square shape and the concrete gray color, so I scooped them up and into my cart. I knew the square herb garden containers would look awesome on the steps of our deck.
For planting, many times, I put a layer small pebbles in the bottom of the pot for drainage and then the soil on top. Because the square containers are somewhat heavy, I didn’t want the extra weight of pebbles, so I used one rock to cover the drain hole.
Then I filled the containers with good potting soil and planted the herbs.
I came across these stamped herb markers on Etsy that I love and decided to get them. So far they are holding up well to the elements. I’ll keep you posted.
It’s only been a few weeks and the herbs are great in the containers! They are full and lush and tasty addition to my recipes. So happy!