Sunday, April 10, 2011

Basil, Thyme and Oregano - Oh My!


I've wanted an herb garden for many years, but never had an indoor or outdoor space that was ideal. I've had many failed attempts at growing basil plants indoors, buying the same plant from Trader Joe's over and over again, desperately hoping "this one" would make it. Planting it outdoors, in our previous home was out of the question, since the back yard was so small that either the concentrated heat baked the plants or our dogs trampled them.

Now, with a bigger yard and with the dogs having their own dedicated space, we are finally able to have the garden we've always wanted. While our big landscaping plans are for next year, we've begun to experiment with container gardening for fruits, vegetables and now herbs. I like to wander through home improvement warehouses and just look at materials, since you never know when something will spark an inspiration or could be used for something other than its intended purpose.

This idea, however, was a spark of brilliance from my husband. We bought a live stock trough, as in what horses drink from,gave it a coat of copper spray paint, drilled holes in the bottom for drainage,filled it with a few bags each of KELLOGG All Natural Garden Soil® All Natural for Flowers & Vegetables and KELLOGG Patio Plus® All Natural Outdoor Potting Soil and planted an assortment of herbs, including Basil (a plant from Trader Joe's as well as two we started from seed), Thyme, Oregano, Dill, Marjoram, Mint, Cilantro, Parsley and Sage in plantable pots. We're really excited about how this project came out and I can't wait to cook with fresh herbs from our own garden!