Friday, March 18, 2011
Strawberry Pot Herb Gardens
About 3 years ago, we had a huge Blue Spruce pine tree cut down. It had taken over a large part of our front yard, right in front of our corner porch & front window. And . . . it was dying. When we took it down, the big circle that it left was the perfect place to expand my window herb 'garden' to the outside!
I planted as many perennials as I could & a few annuals. But the Lord is gracious to me & a few of the supposed annuals resurface the next year, from time-to-time. :-) Generally, I have echinacea, rosemary, dill, sage, flax, black-eyed Susans, cilantro, garlic, flox, lavender & a cucumber vine on a lovely trellis my DH got me that's next to the house; that year, it not only covered the trellis (see photo) but it eventually spread almost the whole length of the front porch! And we have tomatoes in the back yard. This year, I'm adding yellow AND deep red/Moulin Rouge sunflowers (can't wait to see how the red ones turn out!!), chamomile, basil; & in the back yard, tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini & MAYBE a few peppers & peas.
[Moulin Rouge Sunflowers]
Something that I've wanted to try for a while has been a Strawberry Pot. Ideally, I'd like to set it right in the middle of the circle ~ EXTRA ideally, I'd like to find a bird bath w/a strawberry pot for the base like I saw a couple of years ago! It is SO cool & would be the perfect center of my little herb garden. How pleasant it would be to sit out on my log front porch swing & watch the little song birds splish & splash around.
I'm attracted to strawberry pots b/c they are so odd looking & b/c you can plant so many different things in them. If I lived in an apartment w/a balcony or if I rented a house whose landlord wouldn't let me have a little garden in the back yard, I would think that a strawberry pot would be the perfect thing.
I've done some research & asked a lot of questions & this the the advice that I've gotten for using strawberry pots:
~before filling w/potting soil, place terra cotta over the drain hole to hold in the gravel
~add a few inches of potting gravel; small enough to drain, large enough not to drain out w/the water
~the best advised herbs to plant in these pots are: thyme & oregano on the bottom, chives & dill in the middle, basil & parsley in the middle or upper-middle (depending upon the size of your pot), & a beautiful spray of rosemary on top.
We had such a long winter, I'm SO looking forward to spring, to watching my garden grow (if I can keep the varmits out of it!!!) & enjoying the fruits (& veggies & herbs) of my labors.
Do you keep any window herbs? Kitchen herbs or kitchen garden? Salad garden? Big garden? Are you changing or adding anything this year? What are some of your plans?
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><