Nothing tastes better than fresh herbs from your own garden! It’s summer, hot and dry outside and still my herbs are still thriving inside my kitchen. I will be first to admit, I don’t have a green thumb! That is why I find this little herb garden of mine so cute and practical; not to mention, easy to grow!
Having your own herb garden is not only healthier for you and your family, it saves you money and time from going to grocery store. Fresh herbs can get very expensive. It is such an awesome feeling to be cooking and picking your own fresh herbs to place them in your meals. You know exactly how they are grown and your food has great, fresh flavor!
- pots (clay or plastic just as long as they have a hole for drainage)
- organic potting soil
- markers (to label herbs)
- organic herbs (I purchased at Whole Foods for $2.50 each)
- Shop for your herbs/pots/soil – I purchase at Whole Foods or Sprouts due to them being organic. Look for healthy herbs that look ready to eat. Buy several of the ones you like.
- Repot herbs – Place herbs in new pots with organic soil. Water every two days and depending on the type of herb, some like direct sunlight and some like shade.
- Label herbs – Label each pot with the name of the herb like I did in pictures above. I bought these chalkboard labels at Michaels. You can even use popsicle sticks and label with a black marker. Be creative, it will look awesome!
- Decorate your kitchen – I love the way my herbs decorate my space. Any kind of greenery enhances your space at home. Not only is it a classic decor, plants and herbs look so organic and fresh. I placed my herb pots on my bar cart for this summer, and others on my window seal. You can even place as a centerpiece on your dining table. Wherever you place them, you can be assured that it will look fabulous in your home.
Other benefits of grown fresh herbs are that you can make your own herbal butter and herbal flavored oils.
One way of persevering herbs is to make your favorite flavored herbal butters. All you do is mince one part herbs and place into 2 parts softened organic butter and freeze. You place in an ice tray, freeze and it will be ready to slither over some awesome garlic bread or your favorite vegetables and meats! You can even add olive oil instead of butter. There are endless possibilities!
You can also use your glass jars and corks for flavored oils. To be safe, you must store herb-flavored oils in the refrigerator and use them within a few weeks. If you do not, the oil seals out the air and makes the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive in the plant material.
(Bar Cart: Target, Pots: Walmart & Ikea, Soil: Home Depot, Herbs: Whole Foods, Chalkboard Labels: Michael’s)