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!