How do you say the word, "herbs?!?!"
I say it both ways. "Er-bs" when I am conversationally talking about them in cooking terminology, and "her-bs" when I am imitating Martha (smile, smile, wink).
Either way, I've never ever had a green thumb. Most of what I plant has always ended up dying in one way or another. Too much water, not enough water. Too much sun, not enough sun. But lately I've seen lots of herb gardens in different and unique designs and thought it would be nice to have some growing right outside my kitchen door...in the case that I ever need them to cook with. And what really prompted me to want my own herb garden is a friend's delicious recipe for bruschetta that called for fresh basil. Two trips to different grocery stores by the husband, and a grumpy phone call by said husband to inform me that basil was a "b" to find, and I was convinced. I needed my own herb garden.
So I set out on a trip to the local flea market/antique store and found my home for my herb garden.
An old wooden bottle crate.
Because the crate was old and had some gaps in between the wooden slats, I used a bit of window screen to line the bottom and sides of the box. I just used my kitchen shears to cut the screen, and then stapled it into place with a staple gun. I didn't really measure, I just roughly gu-estimated and cut. The bottom and inside of the box, after all, would be covered with dirt and lots of herbs soon (I hope - wink, wink).
The local Home Depot had three out of the four herbs I wanted to grow: rosemary, basil, and mint. The fourth, cilantro, I had to buy a package of seeds and am crossing my fingers that they actually grow.
So far, so good. Nothing has wilted or started to die yet, and the rosemary is so super fragrant it is giving our back porch a lovely scent. Bonus!
Also, speaking of herbs - have you seen this lovely illustration of herbs?!
I love the illustrations and how you could easily reference this when looking for the perfect herb to cook with. Especially for the lack-luster cook like me.
If you have any tips on keeping these herbs alive I would love to hear them and definitely take notes! And if you have any photo of your herb garden, I would love to take a peek, too!!!
Thanks for dropping by :)