Now that we should be past the last spring frost here in Virginia, I have my vegetables, fruits, and herbs planted. If you follow my blog then you might be familiar with my DIY ladder garden I made from my Grandfather’s old wooden ladder.
I was very surprised to see that my ladder garden was recently featured on Country Living Magazine’s website. That was such an honor, especially since my blog is still so new…and because Country Living features have inspired me so much! Check it out…
After two years, I decided to give it a color that’s much more bold than the first. The color I chose was Seaside by Rust-Oleum in the gloss finish. It is a bright color so it really stands out against the brick. I used the indoor/outdoor paint and I really like the finish.
I really have enjoyed having my herbs right outside my backdoor. It’s so easy when I am cooking, to grab fresh ingredients to add to my dishes that I am preparing. Have you considered starting your own herb garden? The herbs that I grow are very easy to maintain. I have them in a spot that gets plenty of sunlight with pots that provide good drainage. Having good drainage in pots where you are growing herbs is very important. You definitely do not want water just sitting in your herb pots…let’s just say they will no longer have a nice fragrance! (Yuck)
I just keep it simple, but the herbs pictured and labeled above are my “must-have” herbs. One herb I have not planted yet is mint, which I love to add to my iced tea. I add rosemary to so many dishes, especially on my roasted red potatoes or baked chicken. One of my fellow bloggers, Allie, at Through Her Looking Glass recently shared her Grilled Corn, Basil and Tomato Salad. I can’t wait to try this once my Roma Tomatoes are ready! Doesn’t this look delicious? I don’t think you can go wrong with roma tomatoes, corn, and basil…which is another one of my favorite herbs!
It’s so easy to grow your own herbs, I would encourage you to consider starting your own herb garden. I have enjoyed mine so much that I started on another ladder garden. I found this ladder a few weeks ago at my local used furniture shop for ten dollars. I painted this one using Rust-Oleum’s Aqua in Satin. I think it’s a nice spring color and I would like to find a few more decorative pots/planters to add to it. I am not sure what I’ll do with this one…maybe find it a good home where someone will want to start their own herb garden? I hope so…
If you are thinking about starting your own herb garden or would like to learn more about pairing commonly grown herbs with their ideal foods, check out this herb & food pairing guide from Personal Creations. For someone who has been growing herbs for several years now, this chart is really giving me some new ideas!
I hope this gave you some inspiration if you are thinking about planting an herb garden..or if you still have more to learn like I do. There are different options when it comes to planting herbs…whether it’s in the garden, right outside your door, or even in your kitchen window. If you decide to plant them indoors, just make sure they are in a spot that gets plenty of sunlight!