Let the spring planting begin! After finding some herb garden inspiration, I decided to create one of my own. Do you remember that chicken feeder I used as a centerpiece a few months ago? (Side note: Folks on Pinterest and other social media outlets were mortified that I put a chicken feeder on my table. I understand the concern. Chickens are not the cleanest creatures. But I thoroughly scrubbed and disinfected the feeder before bringing it into my house.) Well, the centerpiece probably lasted a week. The plants died, and it was a pain to move around. Down to the basement it went. Now, the feeder is making a glorious comeback as an herb garden.
I like it much better this way. The feeder holds eight six-inch pots. There are several kinds of herbs, including mint (apple, orange, and chocolate), curry (not sure if / how I’ll use it), basil, rosemary, lemon thyme, and flat leaf parsley.
The feeder fits perfectly on the ledge of my side porch, which is right off the dining room. It’s a super convenient spot for gathering herbs. I can’t tell you how nice it is to have this porch cleaned up and ready for company. Shannon, when should I expect you and John for sangria?
I made a few DIY herb markers, too. Yes, these are the same flags I used in my Blackberry Mint Juleps and Pink Lemonade Cupcakes. I just put a piece of washi tape, sticky sides together, on a stir stick and made a v-cut in the end of the tape. I used a gold sharpie to write the name of the herb. Too easy. Too cute.
Since there is still a chance for a frost around these parts, I’m not going plant crazy yet. However, I did get a plant for my scale basket. It’s clearly not as voluptuous as my plant from last year. These things take time.