plants & gardening

DIY Herb Garden

DIY Herb Garden - roomfortuesday.com Since we’ve had really nice weather here lately, Emmett and I have been doing a TON of yard work and outdoor tasks. One thing we wanted to accomplish this spring was putting out a little garden. I’ll have that post for you in a few weeks (we’re still working on that makeover), but in the meantime, there is one little section of our urban garden that is making me smile… the herb garden! After a few behind-the-scenes IG stories, the source questions started to roll in. I figured a full blog post was in order. If you’re planning a garden and would like to include a pretty little, space-saving spot for your herbs, I’m sharing the details on how I set mine up. Click through for the post!

DIY Herb Garden - roomfortuesday.com I’m linking the supplies I used below, but you can really get creative with your plants and planters to match your personal aesthetic and home exterior…

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DIY Herb Garden - roomfortuesday.com Step 1 // Choose your plants. I tried to select plants based on what we use and cook with regularly. I feel like I have a pretty good mix going on! I planted lavender, sweet basil, chives, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and mint.

DIY Herb Garden - roomfortuesday.com Step 2 // Plant your herbs. This is the fun part… transferring your herbs to their beautiful terra cotta planters! These planters are on the small side, so be sure to select the tiny sized herbs. I purchased a couple that wouldn’t fit and just wanted to give you guys a heads up!

DIY Herb Garden - roomfortuesday.com Step 3 // Label your plants. Yes… I know what all of my herbs are without a label, but I like the look and function of labels. They just seem to fit in a garden. I suppose this step is optional, but if you’re like me (with a type-A personality), the labels are really nice! I can also feel confident if I send Emmett outside to snip some herbs for me while I’m cooking, he’ll come back in with the correct one. Ha!

DIY Herb Garden - roomfortuesday.com Step 4 // Care for your herb garden and enjoy! That’s it! Easy peasy. Water them, give them lots of sunshine, watch them grow, and enjoy using them! I’m VERY excited about this little space in our backyard.

DIY Herb Garden - roomfortuesday.com I can keep adding to my collection if needed. I’ve got plenty of room and would love to add some additional darker terra cotta pots. I’ve been enjoying watching these babies grow this past week and I cannot wait to begin cooking with them. Do any of you keep a garden? How about an herb garden? Or even a few herbs in your kitchen? I’d love to hear! I grew up gardening and living on a farm. I learned to grow plants, live off the land, and can food at a young age, so these types of projects feel like home to me. It’s fun to remember your roots! See what I did there? This would make a really fun family project! Let me know if you have any questions.

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    Melissa
    April 22, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Your little herb garden is so cute! Thank you Jesus for pretty weather and a garden to dig in. It has definitely saved my sanity this spring. Here in Alabama we’re fortunate to grow some herbs year round. I love to cook with them and have a constant supply of sage, thyme, chives, parsley, rosemary and oregano. I just planted my tomatoes and can’t wait to enjoy them this summer.

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      Sarah
      April 22, 2020 at 9:12 am

      Thank you, Melissa! Yesss- spring, nice weather, and working in the yard is also saving my sanity. You’re so lucky to have fresh herbs year round! Coming from Kentucky, when it comes to gardening… I miss the humidity. Utah is a harsh, dry climate, so there has definitely been a bit of a learning curve since we moved. My tomatoes are also in and I’m looking forward to enjoying them this summer, too! Happy Gardening :) Have a great day!

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    Peggi
    April 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Love our herbs! We have a couple of beds surrounding our back patio where I’ve mixed herbs with other perennials. We have two kinds of thyme, oregano, garlic and onion chives, chamomile, purple sage, rosemary and mint. Annually we add lots of basil, cilantro, and dill. Even though it’s a southern exposure, I seem to lose my rosemary plant every couple of years. I’ve thought of plunking one in a pot, but I just keep trying a different spot instead.🤷‍♀️ I’d like a tarragon plant this year, too; that’s another one that died after a couple of seasons. We’ve got a little time yet before our no frost date; I’m hoping we can venture out and buy plants when the time comes. I dig using fresh herbs in the kitchen or indulging in a little aroma therapy while we lounge on the patio. Cheers to spring!🌻
    PS That set of pots is adorable!💖

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      Sarah
      April 22, 2020 at 9:10 am

      It sounds like you have an incredible herb garden, Peggi! I also love the way they smell and snipping some off to use in the kitchen… that’s such a good feeling! I’m excited to do more gardening this year. I hope you’re having a good week! Cheers to spring and lounging on the patio VERY soon (our backyard is currently a mound of dirt / mess). Happy Wednesday :)

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    Lauren
    April 22, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Ok those pots are too cute! I don’t think I’ve ever seen any that small! Truth be told, I purchased tags a few years back intending to do just this, and those tags are still hanging in my shed unused! I would love to have an herb garden, any garden, but I think that will have to wait until next spring! I’ve never used fresh herbs in the kitchen, so having an herb garden would definitely broaden the kitchen horizons! Happy Wednesday friends!! It’s palm tree removal day!!!! I’m so excited I can’t even contain myself!

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      Sarah
      April 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

      Aren’t those so beautiful?! I stumbled across them online and knew I had to have them for my herbs :) HAPPY PALM TREE REMOVAL DAY!! I know how excited you’ve been for this. Can’t wait to hear all about it tomorrow! xo

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    Colleen
    April 22, 2020 at 9:23 am

    I love an herb/veggie garden! And your DIY herb garden is fantastic, especially if you are limited on garden space. Last year was the first year we didn’t have an herb garden and we missed it terribly. We moved around this time last year and didn’t get around to it. As we have more space to work with here we will be doing something wonderful but have so many huge projects for our yard that are now put on hold your DIY project looks like a great way to start. I encourage everyone to experiment with herbs as it’s so fun and fresh cut herbs from the garden are delicious. Yum 😋 Happy Wednesday!

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      Sarah
      April 22, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      Me too! Maybe you can set up something small this year, and then focus on the bigger projects later on… especially since you have such an amazing outdoor space now, Colleen! This really didn’t take much time or effort :) I hope you’re having a happy Wednesday! xox

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    Danna
    April 22, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Cute herb garden! The stand is a great idea if you don’t have the space or garden. I love the smell of herbs and flowers…do I dare say dirt and fresh cut grass, Ha!
    Vegetable gardens remind me of growing up with my grandparents. They had onions, tomatoes, beans (out your ears), okra, squash. Then, we did not have much fresh herbs but I love them. My favorite is basil and cilantro. Our neighborhood has rosemary growing as ornamental shrubs.
    How did the hair coloring/touch up go? I got a laugh out of your face! It is about time again I color mine.
    Loved the art class yesterday! I was not sure what we were doing so I did mine using a pencil and paper. I plan to do another with a pen and on a much smaller subject.
    Happy Wednesday!

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      Sarah
      April 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you, Danna! I also love all of those smells :) It just smells like spring and home. I’m so happy to hear that you also grew up gardening with your grandparents. I have such fond memories on the farm and in the garden! Rosemary ornamental shrubs in your neighborhood?! I bet your walks smell amazing. That’s awesome.

      The hair coloring went surprisingly well, haha! There were some hilarious moments (like when he asked if he could use a chip clip instead of a hair clip because the tension didn’t meet his satisfaction, HA! I said no), but other than that- it looks really good. He’s pretty meticulous and stuck to my hair stylist’s directions. lol! I’ll have to hop on and do some after stories so you can see the final result.

      Thank you for joining us for the drawing & styling session yesterday! That was SO much fun. I hope you’re having a wonderful week :) xo

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        Danna
        April 23, 2020 at 9:12 am

        I would have loved a video of the hair coloring session. “Chip clip”, that is a hoot!
        It is almost time for me to color my hair again and lets just say the color was way to dark the first time I did it. Hair coloring scares me because my aunt’s hair used to turn green back when I was young. Can’t get those images out of my head. Going for lighter brown this time…crossing fingers.
        Again, would have loved a video but completely understand not putting yourself out there…I couldn’t do it either!

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          Sarah
          April 23, 2020 at 12:16 pm

          Haha, right?! Good luck with your hair color, Danna! While I’m happy to put most things on the internet or social media- my better half is not as comfortable… so I try to find a balance we’re both comfortable with. My “hair stylist” was also telling me to stop talking and hold still. Lol!

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