The picture that is the new header on this page is my funky new example of planting herbs. Even if you have the teeniest, tiniest patch of dirt you can plant 4-5 different herbs.
Here's how you do it...
1. Buy a small piece of rebar at your local hardware store. $1.99
2. Spray paint the rebar with any color that you would like....unpainted they're kind of a gross rusty color.
3. Pick our as many herbs as you think will fit on your piece of rebar.
- From the top to bottom I have basil, rosemary, and cilantro.
4. Buy pots for the herbs...they must have a hole in the bottom. $3 a piece for terracotta pots.
5. Courtney and I painted these pots with chalkboard paint, and it looks totally cute if you write the name of the herb in chalk on the side.
6. Also feel free to paint the rims bright colors like Courtney did.
7. Throw some potting soil in your herb pots and plant them.
8. Make sure to water them at least once daily. I've been doing twice daily since it's been so hot and humid.
Let's talk landscaping...or lack thereof. When Andy and I moved to this new neighborhood, we were drawn to how manicured and landscaped everyone's lawns were. Everyone had flowers and beautiful trees that were well taken care of. However, our house had not been loved in the landscaping department. Basically, the people who lived here had never trimmed any of their shrubs or planted flowers since they moved in.
My parents came up for the weekend with the only intention being that they were going to help with landscaping. My parents have a beautiful yard because they love to garden and plant flowers. They were such a big help to me, and gave me the landscaping as a housewarming gift.
First off, we ripped out all of those plants in the retaining wall. They were both overgrown and unsightly, and I prefer lots of color in landscaping, not greenery. Also, there was no mulch and the sellers had just thrown down ugly rocks.
Now when you look at this you might be thinking, "Well now there's nothing there." The plants I picked out are perennials (will come back each year) and will get very big and full. Unfortunately, you have to start small. The yellow flowers in the center are St. John's Wort, and will grow to be a huge cheerful yellow bush. The 2 plants flanking each side of that are a really pretty species of daisies in white.
All you had to do here was fill the space with potting soil, plant the flowers, and then cover in black mulch. I also added little solar lights for a nice little touch.
This is the side of the yard where I now have my herbs planted. I also have 2 extra pots beside the herbs....one with a roma tomato plant and the other with a yellow bell pepper plant.
This is the entrance into the laundry room from the back porch. The hanging pot was painted bright yellow already and I also found it at the nursery. The flowers that are in there are beautiful and bloom up a bright orangey yellow. The pot on the ground has white impatiens.
Lowe's) The initial fixture was a hideous brass one.
Stay tune for my next post!!