For years, I’ve dreamed of planting herbs to use in the kitchen or clip for fragrance or a feel-better remedy. When we bought this house, one of the first things I did was remove the overgrown shrubs blocking the sunroom windows. Then, I alternately watched weeds grow then yanked them out (repeat for 2 years). Finally, I summoned the creative juices and determination to deconstruct a giant, unnecessary flower (a.k.a. weed) bed elsewhere in the yard and repurposed the stones to create the herb garden!
I laid a 3″ thickness of newspaper first to discourage the continued reproduction of resident weeds, and mixed old and new soil plus some organic compost to create a nutritious new home for my herbs. I did the work in the fall and allowed the bed to sit over winter. In the mean time, I bought an herb book or two and researched which herbs I wanted to try for my region and this location. In the Spring, I went to a favorite nursery and chose the lucky new residents and I tossed in a favorite Black-Eyed Susan for variety. I ended up with 2 types of Sage, 3 types of lavender, a potted rosemary, some thyme, cilantro and parsley. The cilantro was nice but short lived, and the rest has grown to fill the space in just one season. Some of these plants are annuals and others are perennials. A couple will need to be brought inside over winter this year. This project has been an enjoyable little outdoor classroom for me!
Have you created your own herb garden spot or even a little windowsill garden? Please share your stories and pictures with me!
For some great ideas, go to my Herbs: Growing & Using Pinterest board!