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!

Cheers!
Jenn


7 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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