Home Improvement Project: June-Herb Garden

We’ve been doing one home improvement project a month and coming off of a busy bit of shows, this one isn’t HUGE but it’s still a project and it may well be the start of a bigger one.

I’ve been trying to talk the boyfriend into doing a veggie garden in the back yard but he’s all convinced it will be too much work because his parents have not had very good gardening luck, particularly with tomatoes, but when he explained to me their process it’s basically because they have not done very much research on growing tomatoes.

I contacted my sister and brother-in-law because they own an organic produce farm in order to attempt to come up with something that would be able to ease him into the idea. We came up with a simple herb garden. As a bonus that week herbs were on sale half off at Lowes. He got 4 herbs he thought we would use and as a bonus he got a pepper plant which I wasn’t expecting and will help prove that we can cultivate actual veggies.

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We chose a really cool honeycomb pot from Homegoods to house the pepper plant after going back and forth over about 2 dozen pots we could not agree upon.

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We used a $10.00 cedar window box to plant our herbs in because it was cheap and cute.

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Lucky for us the weather has been great despite summer coming on and the plants have been doing just fine. We do need to find a watering can but until we do we’re using a plastic cup.

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Isn’t the pot totally cute and kinda 70s retro in a good way. I can’t wait until this little guy starts producing.

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Update: almost a month in some animal, most likely a rabbit because a deer would have eaten the whole thing and gone after the herbs ate ALL the leaves off the pepper plant. 🙁

Update Update: after 2 weeks it had more leaves than before and was doing great, but the Basil is not adjusting well to the heat and looks like it’s going down hill fast.

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Good thing it’s been really wet this summer (thanks nature, the last two have kinda sucked).

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I’ve also noticed that adding the plants to the porch has really upped the wildlife. I captured some pics of this snail, we’ve had multiple cicadas and their carcasses, and even a myriad of rolly polly bugs that love the moisture in the soil. Which reminds me, we got the Miracle Grow low water soil that’s made to hold in water and make it last and it’s been working out OK. We water the plants every 2-3 days and it’s been fine despite the heat.

 

 

 

 

 

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