Weekend Project: Whiskey Barrel potted herbs

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Last summer my mom gave me her herb garden that she had already started. I loved having the fresh ingredients to use while I was cooking. Unfortunately, we went on vacation at the end of summer and didn’t have anyone water it,  so that was the end of that. This year, now that we’re settled in our new house, I thought I would try potting an herb garden for myself that we will be able enjoy all spring and summer.

Good news, this project is about as simple as it gets! 

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I went to Home Depot and picked out 4 of my favorite herbs. Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Rosemary, and Grapefruit Mint. I’ve actually never had grapefruit mint before but they didn’t have any “plain” mint so grapefruit mint sounded just as appealing (maybe better!) My local Home Depot was running a special on their herbs (4 herbs for $10) which made me so happy since typically I pay about $4 a pop for a cilantro packet at the grocery store. 

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While at Home Depot I also picked up Miracle Grow Garden Soil ($5) and a whiskey barrel ($20. PS - make sure it has drainage) big enough to pot all of my herbs in. The garden soil claims to feed the herbs for up to 3 months so we shouldn’t have to worry about fertilizing until late summer. I also was advised that eventually I would need to split the herbs if they get too big for the barrel. 

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So how should I arrange my herbs in the pot?  Well, I learned last year that the basil grows out and the rosemary grows up - so I planted those two next to each other.  But that was about as practical as my decision making process got. My whole mantra in doing new things around the house (even if they are very simple) is just keep moving forward and learn along the way. I am sure I will mess up a lot, but I am trying hard not to be paralyzed by my thoughts of failing and having to start all over again.

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What I do know is that every project is easier when you have the right tools. Especially when those tools are the most adorably sweet garden shovel, rake and pruner ever made! These are Target by Threshold. I just couldn’t resist. 

On to the potting! 

Step one: Dig a hole large and deep enough for your herb to be covered by the soil. 

Step two:  Soak herb in water for about 60 seconds. 

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Step three: Cut off the wrapper and carefully pull the bottom of the herb container off to loosen the roots.

Step four: Stick that bad boy in the soil and cover.

As a side note, I got a little confused at this point. I wasn’t sure whether or not the card board like container around the herb was suppose to come off too. Turns out, it can stay and will disintegrate after being watered a couple of times. 

Step five: Repeat

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All in all - not a bad project even for someone with little to no gardening skills. I am working on my green thumb. Maybe mine is “light” green. Mint green? Grapefruit mint green, perhaps?

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Within about 30 minutes, my whiskey barrel full of herbs was ready to go!

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If you want to know more about growing herbs in pots, here is the article I referenced.