Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Easy (urban) Herb Garden

I have a black thumb so the thought of planting and tending to anything plant-related freaks me out.   I have been known to kill cacti and other household "easy" succulents.  Our window boxes at Lil Harms were the bane of  my existence and had to be replaced about five times a year because, despite my ongoing best efforts, I would walk outside one morning only to discover that they were brown and dead. 

I am not a horrible cook though, and, therefore, think I need a little herb garden.   I realized I am spending a small fortune buying individual packs of herbs for multiple recipes.  Lucky for me, my mom has tended to herbs for as long as I can remember, and she is the ultimate green thumb, gardener extraordinaire. 

With a little guidance and coaching from her (as well as reading up a tiny bit), I made this:

Went "shopping" in aforementioned storage unit for this corrogated steel tub...I love how they look outside as planters (or as bathtubs for dogs/kids or as holders for iced down drinks...the Southern uses of these tubs are endless)!

Now, I realize that you fancy gardening gimleters are probably laughing at your computers right now thinking that it is very lame that I am sharing a corrogated steel tub with some herbs placed in it as a full blog-worthy project.  There is a method to my madness.  First, I am kind of proud of it, albeit a minute/ridiculous accomplishment.  Second, if I can plant and use my own herbs, you can too!  (And, you do not need a big space for your little garden).

Here are the tips, culled from my gardening mama as well as from an old Domino (RIP) article:

 1.   Drill a couple of holes in the bottom of your planter.  (This is a task that could be easier said than done, but I promise is not too hard...)

 2.   Fill with potting soil, leaving about three-four inches at the top.

 3.   Place herbs into the soil after you have dug a small hole for them.  Be sure to place the bigger herbs in the middle. 

4.   Place the herb pot in partial sunlight and water daily.  We don't want our herbs to be water logged out in the rain or fried by the sun.   

Now, onto the important thing in all of this (and much of life).  Accessories.

For your new herb garden, you will need herb markers.  I found some very affordable options on etsy to suit a wide range of styles. 

I wonder how these would hold up outdoors.  I think they would perfectly accessorize my steel tub.

Perfect for a Craftsman-style herb garden...is there such a thing?

Recycled silverware, for a more traditional look.


I hope that you are inspired to create your own mini herb garden.  I will keep y'all updated on the progress...I may not take pictures, though.  (Trying to be optimistic, but don't want to document the dead herbs that I may wake up to tomorrow!) 


P.S.  BIG DRUMROLL.  Tomorrow we have a guest post from the fabulous Birthday Girl blog writer, Becca.  I really try not to make promises that I don't keep.  Remember I told you that she would be making an appearance with an inspiration board for Monograms and Mimosas?  Well, the day has come.  Superwoman blogger Becca has exceeded all high expectations and put together an amazing guest post for us, sharing some great ways to host your own Monos and Mims bash.   (I also must point out that creating this board for us is very generous of Becca as she normally charges $25.00 dollars for this service.  Thank you, Becca!)  I cannot wait, and I hope you tune into Gimlet tomorrow. 


  1. Love the old silver idea though not sure how to execute--and the bamboo sticks inspire me to make my own markers using a plain Jane Sharpie and Popsicle stick!! Does your mama have any tips on how to keep the herbs alive come hot hot hot July/August as that is typically when all of my efforts literally turn to dust!!

  2. How precious is this?? I've actually been thinking lately that I need to plant a little herb garden! I've been getting those little packs of basil with the roots still attached at Robert's, and I always think how easy it would be to just plant one.

  3. My suggestion is always to read the tags re: how much sunlight and water each plant needs - pair like with like for easier care taking. In this sometimes Godforsaken NOLA heat, watering in summer may be necessary every day. Make it part of your routine - either at night when you let the dog out or in the morning before working out, etc. Also, if drainage is a problem (some plants don't like too much moisture), I often put holes in the bottom of my pots and then put rock at the bottom before putting in the dirt.

    As for the window box issue - everyone has that problem! Mine gets WAY too much sun during the day and therefore I find myself replacing the plants because invariably they outgrow the space and get fried. Just another trade-off for living in our fair city.

    Happy Gardening!!!

  4. I love the herb garden. I also love the bamboo sticks. Where did you find them? Mom

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