I love fresh herbs! I really feel like they make most meals taste a million times better. I’ve decided to opt out of planting a vegetable garden this year, but decided I’d at least start a herb garden this spring.
It can be expensive to buy the wilted kind you can get prepackaged at the grocery store, so for me it’s worth going through the effort of making and nurturing a herb garden.I would have saved even more money if I planted them in the ground, but I wanted easy, and didn’t feel up to making a garden from scratch. Not this pregnant chica.
Anyways, the downside is I have to water them more frequently, and they probably won’t grow as big, BUT the upside is I never had to till a garden from scratch, and they sit conveniently right outside my back porch so watering is super easy. I just do it whenever I have to take the dog out, and only if they happen to need it (dry soil = watering time).
(The arrangement is what I came up with after researching what herbs pot well together. Opinions range from “pair whatever you want together” to very methodical pairings. I went for a mildly methodical approach. As if mildly can even go with methodical! ).
I started with the herbs I most frequently use in cooking: basil (my personal favorite!), parsley, cilantro, rosemary, sage and mint. I recently picked up some thyme and oregano that I want to add in. I use them sometimes, but not as much, so I wasn’t in a rush to buy them, but after repotting the basil, and rosemary, I have some extra room for those extra herbs (plus, I bought four of those massive green tubs).
I originally had all the herbs I bought in the 12″ terra-cotta pots, except for basil, which prefers plastic. I read terra-cotta is the best pot you can grow herbs in (except for basil). They are wonderful little pots, but also very pricey.
The 12″ is fairly affordable (around $7-$12), but once I had to repot the herbs, paying for a 11 gal terra-cotta pot would be more like $30- $50. I’m a little too cheap for now, so I went for my homemade version: $4.58 plastic tubs from walmart, drilled underneath for drainage. Which is also much cheaper than the plastic garden pots (which ranged from $10-$20).
A little drilly-drilly on the bottom of the tubs is all it took to make the tubs into pots. I flipped over an already bought plastic pot, and copied the arrangement of holes onto my homemade kind.
I prayed a little blessing over these herbs. I don’t think I’ve ever asked for my garden to be blessed before, but already they are looking better than my herbs from previous years. Honestly, mine usually look great in the spring…but suffer from the humid summers of North Carolina, but I’m feeling optimistic about this batch, and looking forward to using them! I know my basil looks so ready to be used already!
Are you growing any herbs this year? Do you have any experience with what really grows well together? Any tips and techniques on keeping them alive through the hot summer months? haha…but seriously.
Hahaha, and this is how my baby is utilizing my leftover tubs: