DIY Herb Garden // You Have No Excuse Not To!
True to my word, here is another DIY post.
Today we’re going to talk about planting your own herb garden. It’s easy, cheap, and will provide you with fresh herbs for months and months to come.
The good news is you don’t need a yard, a lot of time for maintenance, and even those of you with a black thumb can do it!
I doubt we need a whole tutorial on how to stick some plants in the ground, but I’ll do it anyway just to show you how quick and easy it is. I have a close friend with a gigantic back yard and she is terrified to plant herbs, so I know people like this are out there. We are so lucky to live in SoCal, where the “seasons” allow us to plant produce pretty much year-round. I say there’s no excuse not to.
**Apologies to those of you who live in the Midwest and on the East Coast right now. I know the weather is frightful and the following shots of sun and green things probably seems so far away.**
First, gather your supplies. I swung by my local gardening store and picked up a “medium” bag of organic potting soil mix, and 4 types of herbs I use most: basil, cilantro, flat-leaf parsley, and rosemary. The soil was about $6 (and I have about half the bag left for another project), and the herbs were around $2 to $3 each:
Now you just need a container. If you have a yard, you can find a little spot without too much foot traffic to just stick these bad boys in the ground. If you have an apartment with a balcony or patio, grab a container like I’m doing and stick them in there. And if you have an apartment with no patio, you’ll want to stick your herbs in a container small enough to keep on a table or windowsill that gets some sun, but large enough that they have room to grow and for roots to develop. So choose your container/s accordingly! You can always ask someone for help at the store.
I’m going to use this big thing. It came with my house, thank god, because there’s no way I could’ve lugged this thing home myself from Home Depot:
You’ll want to move your planter into its permanent spot before filling it, by the way. This thing’s about to get heavy. I keep mine on the porch just outside the front door for a few reasons:
1. I have to pass by it every single day, so it’s easy to keep an eye on when the plants need watering. I also keep a full watering can next to it so even if I’m in a rush or not getting home ’til 10 PM, I can just grab the can and water it real quick.
2. There’s no chance of someone (or the DOGS!) trampling, eating, or otherwise destroying my plants.
3. There is plenty of sunlight in this area, but not so much that the plants get scorched in our 100+ degree summers.
Anyway, once you’ve chosen your spot and container, you just start filling it with soil:
…Leaving enough room at the top to stick your plants in. Remove the plants from their plastic containers and figure out how you want them arranged, leaving space between them:
Now, just fill in the space with more soil, making sure to envelope the plants and their roots. Use a bit of pressure when patting the soil down to support the plants in an upright position:
All that’s left now is to water them liberally and let them hang out in the sun for a bit! They’ll begin to perk up almost immediately.
I usually use much smaller containers for my herbs and plant them separately, but this year I want them all to grow together in this behemoth of a pot. Basil especially grows like crazy on my porch. I may end up running out of space, but we’ll see how it goes.
So that’s it. Just keep watering the herbs when the soil begins to dry out, and make sure they’re in the sun a bit every day. It’s really not complicated!
I just planted these babies last week and have already found myself running outside from the kitchen 4 times to clip some fresh herbs for breads, sandwiches, and dinner. There’s little in life as simply satisfying as having fresh produce at arm’s reach.
I’ll be starting my vegetable garden seedlings soon and will do a whole post about that, in case you’d rather grow from seeds. And I’ll update on the progress of these herbs in a few weeks once they’ve started to really thrive.
Hope you all are having a fantastic week!