A Mini Herb Garden For You Grow This Spring With Fun DIY Pots
When I was a little girl, one of my favorite tasks was going out to my mom’s patio garden and picking herbs for her. She’d grow basil, mint, and parsley for homemade meals, which always made this picky-eater more excited about dinner time. And sometimes my friends and I would steal the herbs and make love potions, I mean, what little girl didn’t do that?
I decided to make a litter herb garden for myself, and not to make love-potions (I think mine worked) but to spice up a few meals and save money on those pricey packaged herbs from the grocery store. When we move, I’ll be planting my herbs in a raised garden bed, but when you live in a townhome, it’s a lot easier to plant herbs in pots for easy access. I loved how my potted herbs turned out, and I hope it inspires you to plant a few of your own!
You don’t have to plant your herbs in fancy painted pots, but I loved the way they looked back when I was going for a more farmhouse feel with my decor. I believe I saw a similar herb pot at Target at the time and refused to pay full-price. I mean, what would Joanna Gaines do? (well, she’s rich so probably would have just purchased it.) I headed to Hobby Lobby to pick up paints, Home Depot for the herbs, pots, and soil, and got to work! You can visit a local nursery for your herbs, but mine didn’t have any organic selection, so I opted for the Home Depot.
If you want a quick and simple project, you can skip painting the pots.
I bought a selection of pots for my herbs, and they were pretty inexpensive.
What I bought:
*Natures Care Organic Garden Soil
*Paints (Purchase a non-toxic paint! I regret not doing this)
It was so cute because the little girls next door spent almost all afternoon helping me paint these pots. They were so interested in what I was doing, and it reminded me of myself when I was younger. Since I put the plants on my back porch, I told them they could cut pieces off anytime they wanted since they were such great helpers.
I painted the pots outside in my front yard and let them dry a few hours, I sprayed them down with the hose, and let them dry again.
When you purchase your herbs, make sure to keep the information card and transfer it to the herb’s new pot. The cards will help you identify the herb, and it’ll have the proper instructions for taking care of it. When it comes to watering (which doesn’t seem to be my strong suit), it’s pretty simple. If the soil feels dry to touch, it usually needs water. Basil does better when watered more frequently, but plants like lavender do much better with a dryer soil, and that’s why you should keep the info card in the pot until you have it memorized.
I put all of my herbs outside on my patio. For the herbs that needed full sun, I put them along the edge of my deck, and for the ones that needed partial sun, I placed them in the second row with my fence, giving them a bit more shade.
Growing Preferences for Herbs:
Basil – Full Sun, does well in moist soil ☀️💧
Mint – Full to Part Sun ☀️☁️
Parsley – Part Sun ☀️☁️
Thyme – Full Sun ☀️
Rosemary – Full Sun ☀️
Catnip – Full to Part Sun ☀️☁️
Chives – Full to Part Sun ☀️☁️
Lavender – Full Sun, grows better in dry soil ☀️🌵
Sage – Full Sun ☀️
Oregano – Full Sun ☀️
Lemon Balm – Full to Part Sun ☀️☁️
Potting Soil: I used Organic Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care Garden Soil.
After planting the soil and herbs into the pots, I made a cup of coffee and started stenciling. I learned quickly that a Sharpie marker was much easier than stenciling with paint.
The best part is if you mess up, you can just paint right over the marker. I may have done this once or twice.
Sticking the plant identification card into the soil after potting will help you when it comes to stenciling the right pot. Even if you don’t plan on labeling or painting the pots, you should still hold onto that card.
It was so exciting when my very first strawberry grew! It was so tiny, but the best reward.
They turned out so cute! This could also be a great gift idea for someone as a housewarming gift.
There’s nothing better than growing your herbs and produce. I cannot wait to fill my raised garden beds with fresh herbs, berries, and vegetables! My dad is the king of vegetable gardens, so I’ll be using his expertise!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial ♥️ If you have any fun gardening projects you’ve done recently, make sure to tag me in them! I love all things garden lately.
Questions for you!
- What was the last thing you planted?
- Do you have an herb garden?
- What is your FAVORITE herb?