Welcome to the first part of my series on happy little DIYs for your home.
I am by no means a garden expert nor do I have a green thumb as this is my second attempt at a herb garden. I may have slightly neglected my first garden and all but one plant died. However I am trying again and hoping for a bit better luck this time around, I find that watering your plants regularly is a big help.
There is something grounding and special about tending to a garden, watching it grow and flourish and connecting with something living. The simple act of watering and caring for your little garden also allows you to bring a little moment of mindfulness to your day. Herb gardens are even better because they are sensual and you can use the herbs in your kitchen.
“We may think we are nurturing our garden,
but of course it’s our garden that
is really nurturing us.” ~ Jenny Uglow
To make your own herb garden you will need:
- Terracotta Pots
- Matching Saucers
- Pot sealant
- Potting mix
- Watering can
- Blackboard paint
- Paint brush
- Masking tape
- Spray your pots with sealant
- Tape around your pots, just under the top rim for a neat line
- Paint the rim with chalkboard paint and let dry, may need a few coats
- Get your hands dirty and plant your herbs
- Water regularly
- Pick and use your herbs
It’s really quite simple and you can be as creative as you want.
The herbs I have growing in my garden are:
- Parsley: which I will be adding so summer salads
- Oregano: to add a little Italian twist to pizzas
- Mint: I have a few summer desserts, salads and drinks to try with my mint
- Coriander: in the act of trying something new I never really liked coriander (well I thought I didn’t) but I’ve found that I quite like Asian, Thai and Mexican dishes with a a bit of coriander added for flavor
- Chives: a nice basic herb to add to any dish but I think I’ll be using it to season homemade chips and bread