The best way to ensure you’re using fresh herbs in your cooking is to grow your own. I’ve cut fresh herbs from my parents’ plants before, but they start to wilt or get too moist only a day or two after I’ve brought them home.
The good news for garden novices like me is that making an herb planter box is incredibly easy. With my mom’s help, I made three boxes using a 24″ wooden planter box, a plastic window box liner with holes in the bottom for drainage, potting soil, a small garden shovel, and some favorite fresh herbs (in this case, rosemary, basil, thyme, and chives).
I painted the wooden box a bright blue (much like this diy dresser – I’m on a turquoise kick!). Then, working with the plastic liner, I filled it halfway with soil, planted my herbs, and filled in the spaces with more soil.
I usually have a hard time keeping any plant, flower, or herb alive. But my mom, who has an incredible green thumb, tells me growing healthy and vibrant herbs is easy. Keep your planter box in natural light, she says, and frequently check the soil. When the soil feels dry, the herbs need water. That’s it.
Gardeners, what other plants and herbs are easy to grow? What do you have in your garden this year?