Saturday, July 23, 2011

Window Box Herb Garden

Summer cooking begs for fresh herbs.  Unfortunately, they are very expensive to buy in the grocery store and don't last very long.  I don't consider myself to have a green thumb by any stretch of the imagination.  However, a watering schedule on my fridge for my hydrangeas has proved to be a great tool for me, and I decided that I would try my hand at cultivating some herbs.
Instead of a bunch of pots cluttering up my patio, I chose to use window boxes.

I purchased some simple black, plastic window boxes from Lowes, along with some blue spray paint for plastic.  After drilling some holes in the bottom for drainage, I painted the window boxes a lovely navy blue to coordinate with the planter on my porch.

I used bookshelf brackets to attach the window boxes to the side of my porch railing.  They are wedged in nicely between the top of the porch rail and the bracket.  I used nuts and screws to attach the boxes to the brackets for added security.


Woohoo, now comes the fun part:  time to plant the herbs!  I decided to go with basil, rosemary, thyme and Italian parsley.  They are so fragrant; just from holding them in the box, my hands smelled like lovely summer herbs.

After filling each planter with a good amount of potting soil, I placed the herb pots where I wanted to plant them, to make sure I liked their placement.

                                            Italian parsley            Rosemary                                     Basil              Thyme

I then planted each herb and added some extra soil to make sure they were in nice and snug.  And voila...I now have an herb garden!

I am going to take some time to nurture my herb plants so they can grow for awhile before I start using them for cooking.  Of course, I already have recipes in mind!



  1. NOTHING beats fresh from the garden herbs!!! Love how the window boxes look too!

  2. The boxes look terrific on your railing! There's nothing better than being able to snip fresh herbs for dinner. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a great idea....I kill herbs, plants, basically anything green. Thanks for sharing this idea with my newbie party.

  4. Handy, pretty....and I love the color blue you chose!

  5. Saw you at Debbiedoo's! And now I want an herb garden!! Wondering if there's still time this season... dilemma, dilemma. ;)

    Happy to be your newest follower ~ Adrianne

  6. Just easy to access when you need a quick herb for your meal....These are my favorite to grow!