May 26, 2010


Idea for a Container Herb Garden:

I dream of the day when I might have a huge garden outside filled with plants of every color, shape, texture and aroma. Until then...I'm content with my little suburban-deck-garden, which I must say, has been neglected since I became a Mom. 

My favorite thing for container gardening?


One of my favorite herbs is Lavender. It's hardy even in the northeast (zone 6 I believe), has a beautiful flower and and an amazingly soothing fragrance. 
Container herb gardening can be as simple as finding an old, abandoned galvanized container and filling it with potting soil. 
It's great for children to participate as gardening is a classic favorite. To mark your planting, once you plant your herbs, label the pot with a black, permanent marker.
 Here in pictures you can see our project: 


The end...
or just the beginning depending how you look at it.

Happy Planting! 

p.s. I punctured holes in the bottom of my tin with an old outdoor knife*. You can also drill holes. No matter what way you choose to make the holes, be sure to wear some protective eye goggles when trying to puncture any type of container, clay or metal. 

* Post-Edit: Excellent suggestion by one of my blog readers--a hammer and nails would be the best method (and probably the safest method) for this job. 

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Anonymous said...

Great post Caroline - and I love the photos! We are fortunate to have 3 different kinds of lavender trees in our yard which bloom sort of one right after the other so that we have lavender pretty much all summer. I agree that the smell is so soothing and strong enough to be enjoyed not just by us but all of our neighbours as well.
Anyways, loved the post!

Diana Mieczan said...

I always wanted to have my own little herb garden..I will do this project over the weekend:)
I love that you marked it!
Kisses and thanks so much!

Caroline said...

Thanks, Kim. those lavender trees sound amazing! Lavender all summer long is my kind of thing!
Diana, this is a really good alternative way to garden for people who are working with limited space (like me). I will have to eventually up-pot my lavender, but for now this is a good starting space. The same container can be used to mix herbs as well, although I would always recommend planting Mint in a separate container as it can be invasive.

leigh hewett said...

You look so beautiful in that photo. At first I thought that it was vintage. I was sweet, a beautiful photo of Caroline's mom when she was young.

Holyoke Home said...

Hi!!!!! I SO LOVE seeing your name in my comments!

Have you tried planting camomile? Even the green leaves smell FANTASTIC. Also very mellowing along with the lavender.

Ellen said...

I think it is a "family gardening" project that all will get to enjoy. The delightful Lavender scent when you rub it between your fingers and think of the baking ideas to come! It has been so cool here in CA that I haven't seen yet the lavender I like to buy for summer....patiently waiting. time try a hammer and nail for the holes. The knife scared me as I seem to have issues of cutting myself somehow with knifes...hubby freaks when I have one in my hand! Hahahaha!
PS....I love your photos!!!!

Susan Anderson said...

What a great idea. I think I'll plant some lavender this week. I love the smell, too.


Joanne said...

I saw some of those containers in the dollar section of Target, by the way! Boy, warmer weather comes and gardening is on everyone's brain -- I've been out working in the yard myself today!

Rebecca said...

I agree, you look amazing in that photo!

I've been wanting to plant mint.......I love the smell of mint and adding a real mint leaf to my iced tea....yummy

Lilacandgrey said...

Lavender is one of my favorite scents :)

I can;t wait to be able to plant a HUGE garden! My friend is actually i the process of growing one now-you can check her out on my blog's side bar, it's called Rachel Grows...

Have a great day, and happy planting!

Mary Bergfeld said...

This is a great idea. This is my first visit to your blog. I found you by chance and had intended only to say hello and then move on. I, instead, started to read your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I had intended. I really enjoy what you are doing here and will visit as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary