Growing your own herbs is incredibly satisfying. Not only do they take up very little space, they take your cooking to new heights as you start experiment with different flavor profiles, you can even read our guide to choosing your own here.
In keeping with comfort foods I'm going to show you how to tackle a perennial favorite of mine, Minestrone, which is derived from the Provençal dish, Soupe au Pistou.
After the great feedback from last week's year round salad garden post I thought I'd continue in the same vein by turning our attention to herbs.
Even though summer is on the wane, that doesn't mean we still can't plant an herb garden. Like this one! So colorful and lively it will keep summer in your heart all autumn and winter long. I also like how it serves as a window treatment as well. Check it out:
Have you seen those AreoGarden deals? They're usually displayed in stores with plastic 'herbs' growing in them, which only highlights the less than aesthetically pleasing design of the contraption itself. Studio Shulab has come up with a 2 in 1 alternative that actually looks good.
I'm charmed by this Spicelab bar from PurposeDesign, featured in the Etsy Storque. Sure, it's not the only of its kind, but its construction is inspiring for DIY attempt, or not overpriced if you just wanna purchase one.
So cute and easy to make, this tower will add interest and verticality to any garden. Supplies are minimal and include:
A tall, sturdy rod about 66" tall.
1 - 12" round clay pot.
4 - 10" clay pots.
To assemble the Tipsy Tower, first drive the metal rod into the ground; then thread the pots onto the rod, starting with the 12" pot and filling with soil as you go. Add your favorite plants and you're done! For the entire tutorial, go to ga...
I've been doing this ever since I've had a patch of dirt in which to grow 'em. Next time you grab a bunch of scallions/green onions at the supermarket, hold onto the root ends.
Then, simply plant them about one inch into the dirt (in the garden or a pot). Water well, and wait for the greens to return. The more you snip them, they faster they'll grow.
You can also do this with whole garlic bulbs and use the green sprouts in pastas...
Abi from CraftyCrafty muses, "Dream pillows were used in olden days for fairytale maidens to rest their heads on as they slept. Nowadays, they're just great for anyone with the sort of full-on, stressful lifestyle that leads to insomnia. Using the fabric of your choice...cut two equal sized sheets depending on the shape you want your pillow to take, stitch along three sides of the material, then turn it right the side out."
These sweet little Eggling Plants from Wrapables caught my eye recently. They come with packets of seeds ready for sowing, a ‘fortified peat mixture’ and little terra cotta trays in which to nestle. They’re 1.75" by 2", the size of an extra large chicken egg, and are sold in sets of three for herb and flower collections ($29.95) and singly for the cactus offering ($9.95). Sure, these eggs are made of ceramic, which means they’re durable, BUT to save the 30 bucks, how about using REAL eggs as planters?
I’d gently score the pointy end of an extra large egg with a serrated blade and then use the knife’s point to--again--gently punch out a hole. (Maybe even punch a small drainage hole in the bottom with a pin.) I’d then drain the egg, rinse it out and plant away. This, of course, would be the tricky part: filling the egg with soil without breaking it.) To keep the egg from tipping over, I’d set it in a small terra cotta saucer filled with sand. I estimate I could make three egg planters for under a buck. Oh sure, I might not be able to re-use the eggs, but no biggie. There’s generally always eggs in the refrigerator. And if not, I know where to get more.