I know. I know. SOOOO exciting isn’t it? 😉
Well, it kinda is because how often do you use all of the parsley or all of the thyme in the pre-packaged plastic containers you buy at the store? Not very often and then, well, they are in pre-packaged plastic containers. Ugh. How much better would it be to be able to walk out into your own little herb garden and cut fresh herbs?
They have more flavor. There isn’t any waste. Then if you think about the herb farms that use a lot of water, the labor, the packaging, the shipping – Geez, talk about a little impact there on the environment for some fresh herbs.
I know that in the dead of winter it’s not really the best thing for urbanites, but if you are able to have fresh herbs for 6 months out of the year, why not? It is so much better than none at all!
I’m lucky enough to have had Dwight build me a two-tiered herb planter on the side of the mountain for my herbs.
Mine might and probably is bigger than what most people will have. I remember back when I lived in Florida I had a barrel up against the wall. When arranging the herbs I used the same concept both with my larger herb garden and when I put them in a barrel.
- Plant the herbs that will grow high like rosemary, basil and lavender in the back. They won’t block the other herbs and it helps give you a tiered look.
- The mid-level height herbs like tarragon, oregano and mint need to go in the middle. Mint can grow like crazy, but it won’t grow high.
- Also, when planting herbs like thyme – you need to give it some space because it will spread. Fast. I have a tendency to plant it in the front so it can hang over.
Before planting the herbs I like to lay them out to see how they work. Because they do spread and grow, I try to keep them in their own little bunch.
At the end of the day you just arrange the best you can with what you have. I try to tier mine and keep the same herbs together. I eventually moved the lavender that you see up there to the left, outside of the planter and bought more. They flower and look pretty :). I put tarragon in the space instead – probably the most underutilized herb ever here in the US!!!!
Ok – back on track! Once you have everything arranged the way you want, time to dig and plant. Most of the herbs come in degradable container so I just planted them in those. Then you water and water for a few days to they take.
And just like that – you have fresh herbs in your backyard or maybe in a container on your front porch 🙂