For Want of Herbs (Part 2)

The best way to spend a morning together
The best way to spend a morning together

The next morning found the fam outside bright and early.  Timm and Dellabug had a lovely father-daughter outing to gather stones to layer on the bottom of the pots.

Good morning
Good morning

Meanwhile, I wandered around the perimeter of the house trying to envision where to establish the planters.  I also took a moment to plant the mint in a secure location so that it could thrive but not take over the world.

I added a pineapple mint, apple mint, and orange mint to the two established peppermint plants.
I added a pineapple mint, apple mint, and orange mint to the two established peppermint plants.

My first thought was here next to the mint.  It gets nice sun all day long.  But it is about as far away from the kitchen as you can get, and these herbs are for the kitchen!  (Plus we hope to put a rain barrel right here, and then a chicken coop next to that, and don’t forget the bunnies, YES lots of bunnies! Oh there I go again.)

The breathing rug dog patiently waiting.  To his right the dream location for the rain barrel
The breathing rug dog patiently waiting. To his right the dream location for the rain barrel

They returned triumphant just in time for a neighbor to come over with a “welcome to the neighborhood” offering – fresh picked dew dropped raspberries!!!

They rocked their assignment
They rocked their assignment

Gosh I love neighbors who bring fresh produce.  We chatted gardens a bit and now have a good idea for where to establish a raspberry patch next year (Right around the corner from the future blueberry patch, and duck pond, and windmill…)

Best way to keep a toddler happy
Best way to keep a toddler happy

These raspberries kept Dellabug pleasantly occupied, and sticky, for the rest of the project.

The sweet taste of summer days
The sweet taste of summer days

It turns out planting a little herb garden in a pot couldn’t be any easier.

Here’s how we did it:

1. Put some rocks in the bottom to help with drainage.  I’ve heard this is a good idea, but I mostly did it because I was worried about not having enough soil and figured however much space I could fill in with rocks, the better.

"thunk thunk thunk" they plunk to the bottom
“thunk thunk thunk” they plunk to the bottom

2.  Pour the soil.  Mmmm it smells so good.  No wonder it’s Della’s favorite midday snack.

Too bad this isn't a scratch and sniff sticker!
Too bad this isn’t a scratch and sniff sticker!

3.  Take herbs out of nursery pots and arrange to your satisfaction.

Arrange the plants just the way you like it
Arrange the plants just the way you like it

4.  Once you are pleased with the set up, dig in!  Literally!  With this light potting soil the gardening spoon was pretty useless, but it was delicious to sink my hands right in to clear out new homes for the roots.

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5.  Water everything gently and thoroughly.  If you have a toddler about, give them this job.  Oh she loved it and has been out with mama to water the pots every day since then.  What a joy to see her interacting with the garden.  She still gravitates to the licorice basil and I have to keep a close eye on her to make sure she doesn’t just chew it down to a little stump.

Oh see the water catch the light
Oh see the water catch the light

6. Step back and give a good “oooooooh, ahhhhhhh” congratulatory moment.  You now have a functional herb garden and life is oh so wonderful!

Coming home
Coming home
A tasty living abundance!
A tasty living abundance!
Ah home sweet home
Ah home sweet home
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