I am so excited to finally get started planting in our raised vegetable gardens this summer! Since we’ve been gone on vacation for the past two weeks, I decided to hold off on planting anything. I think we’re still good to go! One of the greatest things about Summer to me is all the fresh vegetables and fruits that are available and the beautiful flowers we plant around the house. From the grocery store to the farmers market to your own backyard, there is an abundance of choices and the prices are just right! I also love that we know exactly where are food has come from and that it’s grown without chemicals.
I love to gather our homegrown food from the back yard with the kids and make fresh meals for our family from our raised vegetable beds. It’s so wonderful that we can share our extras with our family and friends, too! What’s better than sharing homegrown food? I also love to grow our own herbs and planted my first herb garden last year. It turned out great! I can’t wait to re-plant some of our favorites this year!
Planting your own kitchen herb garden is fairly easy and requires practically zero maintenance, so there’s really no excuse for not planting your own! And, I’m going to tell you how!
I decided to plant my herbs in their own container and keep them right outside my back door on the patio. I could have placed them in the raised beds, but I really wanted to see the pretty container garden out my window. So, I picked up a galvanized steel tub from Lowe’s and had my husband drill some holes in the bottom for drainage.
I then put a mixture of soil, compost and hummus in the bottom – just like I did in my garden beds. I could have used potting soil from the store, but I couldn’t find an all organic one and didn’t know what was in the mixes. And, since we would be eating it, I wanted as little chemicals as possible. Thankfully we had left over from our garden beds, so I was able to fill them with that last year. But, this year I’ll just start fresh. I need to top off the beds, so I bet we’ll have left over again!
Then it’s time for planting! I have several favorite herbs we like to plant – basil, rosemary, dill, and cilantro. They come in small containers from our local country market store. I love to support local businesses whenever possible. Plus – I love that the employees know their stuff – which plants are good for where and what and how to care for them – good stuff!
Pop the herbs into your soil depending on height – I put the tall ones in the back and shorter ones in the front. That’s it! See! I told you it was easy!
Place your herbs in a very sunny location and watch them grow! Herbs are very easy to care for because they need practically no care at all. They actually like dryer soil and don’t like to be messed with. That’s my type of garden! Within a month of growing you’ll have a herb garden that looks like this!
Make sure to snip off fresh herbs every chance you get! Put mint in your tea, cilantro on your tacos and on your pulled pork and basil on pasta and in sauces! You can also freeze your herbs – add herbs to the bottom or an ice cube tray and top off with a little water, oil or butter and freeze. The next time you need a little herbs in the winter, just pull out your labeled cubes and place in your soups, sauces or pan. They’ll thaw in no time!
There you have it! A simple and no fail plan to plant your own kitchen herb garden this summer! What’s your favorite herb and what’s your favorite way to use it? I’d love some new ideas!