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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Planting A Kitchen Herb Garden


I planted some of my favorite herbs seeds today.
In no particular photo order, here's how I did it....

  1. I found a large metal tray on clearance from the Christmas decorations.  I painted over the brown and made it a grey and white with a distressed look to match my kitchen.
  2. Bought 4 inexpensive plastic planters, poked holes through the bottom and added an inch of gravel for drainage.
  3. Filled each with potting soil, added the seeds, and another 1/2 inch of soil.
  4. Line the pots up in the tray.
  5. For tags, I cut a thank you note I received in the mail this week into 1 inch strips.  Folding them in half and using hot glue, secured craft lollipop sticks into the fold and glued the open ends shut.  Label with marker.
  6. Water each carefully as to not disturb the seeds and lightly cover with plastic wrap to hold in moisture.
  7. In a week, I should have little sprouts!

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    1. thanks, silver...drank that cup of tea this afternoon! :)

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  2. I love this Betsy really nice, I have some hierbs but here was so hot and my basil is fry :( but I was thinking in plants others again!

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    1. Sorry I want to say is dry (when we go to the beach) today still was so hot the day only some of my roses are still alive!

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    2. thank you. I hope to be able to set it outside when it is warm enough. If I have herbs outside in the summer, I think they do best in the shade and water them every day. Yes, you could plant some again...in pots so you can take inside when it gets cold. I bought extra seeds because sometimes in the middle of the summer, you can't find anymore! Dill and cilantro are my favorites.

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    3. I think in cilantro too Betsy I used alot. Basil don resist the cold weather I know. But in spring is beauty.
      We use a lot basil.
      Betsy Did you read in your post before I told you I loved your cup of tea?

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    4. I don't use a lot of basil! I know it is very popular. What is wrong with me? lol. I planted chives and thyme, too.

      Yes, I saw that...that tea was good with that little bit of citrus flavor, too! Do you like my little butterfly on the inside of the cup? ha.

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    5. Silly! You know I loved so much !! ha! I love this type of cup and you know!

      We used a lot of basil especially in summer the most popular dish in summer is Corn pudding with tomatos salad (Pastel de Choclo) and this have chopped basil, wonderful the recipe is in my blog is you want for some day.
      I made Corn pudding last sunday the kids love it!

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    6. That sounds really good. I love corn and tomotoes..they are so nice together. We love corn pudding, too. I can't wait for summer so I can try all of your yummy summer recipes! I saw my icecream maker in the cupboard today and thought of you! It hasn't been used since last year!

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    7. Use your Ice cream maker ! (lol) ha now I ma looking for my old recipes someones to make in the Icre cream maker!

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    8. I will. Nobody here eats icecream when the weather is cold. So I'll bring it out soon. Today was warm and beautiful like spring!

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    9. Hey I love your picture of the trplets: are adorable.
      I put a little ones today in my side bar if you want to see later:)

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    10. You did? Wow...we are thinking alike today! OK..I'll come and look! :)

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    11. nice photos on your sidebar, Gloria! Your dog is so cute looking up at you!

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    12. Oh is ARes is terrible Betsy always when I go to take some pictures he is inside the pictures (lol) and think is for the food ha! anyway todat was looking me, I think he believe Im his mom!

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    13. He does look like he's expecting something! ha.

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    14. yes: food!! ha! he eat a lot!

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    15. that's because he knows you're a good cook! lol.

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    1. thanks, laurie...I hope they grow! :)

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  4. So sweet! I love fresh herbs! I cannot wait to start planting in the garden.

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    1. Won't be long now! Well, it's May for us. The danger of frost is present all through April.

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  5. I love fresh herbs!! I grew some basil last year that I used all summer.

    Look at your precious little guys! Makes me feel sleep deprived just looking at them! :) But think of all the cute little bodies to snuggle. SIGH!

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    1. Gloria will be so proud of you using basil. I guess I should start! ha.

      I know..look at those little guys. And a two year old, who was somewhere off camera getting into something, I'm sure. ha. Four hours of sleep a night back then. Crazy. I really don't remember most of it!

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    2. It's probably better not to remember. :) My second son was VERY colicky, and I have some memories of those days, but not many. I do remember crying in the shower because I was SO TIRED. :)

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    3. Hi Rebecca, you made anice post today, inspired:)

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    4. You cry in the shower, too? ha. I rarely cry, but if I do, it's in the shower. I take mine at night and that's when I'm most tired...besides, I can cry and nobody knows it. lol.

      you posted today...need to come take a look!

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    5. I stiil cry in the shower, really, only yestarday I cry in the shower sigh!

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    6. You ,too? haha...I thought I was the only one!

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    7. and I think I was the only one (lol) These last month I cry so much (many things...) and I understand Rebecca with the twins I was ALWAYS tired and sure you too with the triplets!

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    8. It must have something to do with finally relaxing in the hot shower and then we can't hold it in any longer. Yes, being tired has a lot to do with it.

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    9. yes when most tired Im is when I cry but sometimes I dont cry in months, but I hate it! I hate cry!

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    10. I'm the same way...I really don't cry very often...I hate doing it!

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  6. now i have a hankerin' for tea and fresh herbs.

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    1. :) a little mint in your tea, eddie? I'm serving!

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  7. Such a neat project. I wish I had any skill or luck with growing herbs. Arizona just isn't the best place to try. :(

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    1. I really think they grow best in shade and you must water them daily. I did have fun doing it. Now let's see if I can get them to grow! haha.

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  8. Cute idea.I have done it as well.I seem to like them now better outdoors.I will be planting some Greek Oregano,Thyme,Sage.

    Love the banner photo looks soooo good right now.

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    1. greek oregono...but of coure! lol...

      please have a cup...I'm serving!

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  9. haha I guess now you can have your cup of tea
    And let the bloody wankers be...LOL
    So fun to use
    Will have to use that for a while to abuse..hahaha
    Neat idea as well
    Sure Nugget might find it swell
    If he wants a snack when they grow
    And kind of hard to do it outdoors at your show
    As I'm sure many a cat would dig around in there
    Leaving thinks no so umm fair

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    1. off rhyme...cuz I'm tired. ha.

      You just reminded me that I brought in pots of herbs at the end of the summer and Nugget ate them down to the dirt one night while we were sleeping! haha...the perils of a rabbit running loose in the house. What a feast he had! lol.

      I almost bought catnip seeds to plant for the cats but figured the poor plant would never have a chance to grow.

      Oh yes...you will use that phrase to abuse...I knew that as soon as I told you. lol. We have swapped a few brain cells, though. I seem to recall you letting an 'oh dear' slip out a time or two. lol.

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    2. and Pat...aren't you glad I didnt use that in my review? lol...oh, now that would have been funny to view!
      Better yet, to have seen your face
      as you read it in disgrace.
      hahahaha.

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    3. hahaha would have made me smile though
      As I knew where it came from at your show
      And surely a brain cell or three
      Has been swapped between each sea
      I don't think the cat nip one would last either anywhere
      For they would get it at any spot in your lair
      Cassie just eats the plant no matter what it is
      It's her mission to do so, she makes it her biz
      Nugget prob that it was such a treat
      As he chowed down and thumped his feet

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    4. Nugget probably thought it was his birthday, the little dear.
      I'll have to remember to put them up higher this year.
      He'll jump up on the couch but that's about it
      he's never ventured to the counters, making me have a fit.
      ha.

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    5. haha maybe the cats will show him how its done
      Then he'll just jump up for fun
      And go right to town
      On whatever he decides to chow down

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    6. haha...I think he would need to grow out that puff ball of a tail for some balance. I can't seen him gracefully leaping down, either...it would sound more like a canon ball crashing on the floor. lol.

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    7. hahaha yeah I can see the cannonball coming
      He'd probably rather stuff thumping and humming
      Giving a little yelp
      So you would come and help

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  10. fun fun! I planted some things today too! Herbs and spinach, radishes, lettuce, onion sets and pansies, etc. Couldn't help myself anymore, had to do it :)It was 76° when I went to pick the kids up from school!! More of the same through Friday, and 3 of the kids have the rest of the week off. I'm so happy for them that they can enjoy the beautiful weather outside!

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    1. Oh, that sounds like fun! The weather was wonderful today! 72 degrees here. But we can get frost through April. Our outdoor planting begins in May. Wow...enjoy the school break! How fun!

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  11. Between these picture of you starting your herb garden and the warm weather we have been having, I am wondering if I should start some vegetable seedlings early this year.

    Love the baby photo of the triplets.

    And, I never saw a cup of tea that looked as beautiful as the one in your header!

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    1. the weather does give you spring fever, doesn't it? It would be a miracle if we didn't have another snow, though.

      Would Kai like to plant the seeds? Could be fun!

      Thanks regarding the cup of tea. It tasted yummy, too!

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    2. Yes, Kai actually does like to help plant seeds, at least for short periods of time. Though after awhile he'd rather dump out the watering can into the dirt and then dump mud all over himself.

      No more snow this season! (Just don't remind me of this when I'm wrong).

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    3. Maybe this year will be different. It's amazing how kids change in a year.

      Even though I love winter, I hope you're right and we've truly begun spring. Once I have spring fever, I don't want to go back! Today was just about perfect. Although, my itchy allergy eyes began...right on time. haha.

      Hey, your Swanson's package should be arriving soon!

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    4. My allergies have started, too, though I think it's earlier than usual. Had to go buy Allegra today.

      We got the dual-release melatonin yesterday and tried it for the first time last night. So far, it is not having the desired effect... he isn't falling asleep as fast as he was under the previous melatonin, but he still woke up at 1 AM. But, let's see if it is better tonight.

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    5. oh, I hope he falls asleep better tonight. I wonder if you could give both the old and new. Yes, 1am is way too early..haha..I'm usually not in bed until midnight!

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  12. nice...we need to grow herbs...we need to grow herbs again...we used to do more of this before we moved here to VA...


    and loving the new header

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    1. they are nice to cook with...and I throw them in salads....and Nugget eats them....lol...

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  13. You were wise enough to label yours. Mine are now big enough to tell which is cilantro and which is parsley, just big enough. And the oregano, which is still very small, smells like oregano.

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    1. Well, Sherlock, ..sounds like you figured out the mystery! ha.

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  14. I love using fresh herbs! Starting them now will make them grow big enough to be trandsplanted outside in May, if you want a larger crop. In the meantime they will brighten your windowsill :)

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    1. Yes, by May I hope to be able to move them outside. Until then, I'll enjoy watching them sprout!

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  15. Fresh is best! Many fine dining establishments cultivate there own produce.

    You'll have to post a pic or two when you use some in a recipe. :)

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    1. Great idea...can't wait to cook with them. Fresh dill on grilled salmon is my all time favorite!

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  16. A true homemaker - not only growing your own herbs but doing it in such a pretty and creative way too.

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    1. I try! ha. And you're so sweet to notice!

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  17. Love it! I need to get my herbs planted too.

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    1. It was fun to do! My favorte part is watching the seeds sprout. :)

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  18. I too hope you will show pictures as they grow. I need to get to it if I am going to grow any. Just have to find where the pots are. Basil is so good when it is fresh. I have a mint plant that grows like a weed. I have heard that can happen to them if you do not constantly cut it back. Smells good though.

    Best of luck with your endeavor.

    God bless.

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    1. I have mint outside that I let grow wild. I don't prune it and it's like a big shrub! ha. I really should start a small potted plant from it.

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  19. You will love those fresh herbs. Since moving to The Glen I am a complete CONVERT! I love them SOOOOOOOOO much!

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    1. I may put some more out in the garden this spring. Remember last year when we all got our gardens planted and that hail storm cruched everything? That was May! ha. I'm going to resist the temptation to put things out too early. It is only March, even if the temps say June. ha.

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  20. I love how you create things for useful stuff like herbs!Yay for you!! I just seeded some chives, basil and coriander but not as creatively as you (they came in ready made pots!)! Take care
    x

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    1. ready made pots...well, you can't beat that!

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  21. Betsy you plant thyme? the soup have anyway you can buy a little.
    Im not sure you saw two pictures I taked in the morning, the funny is the rose has a bee over them but the pic is so little, ha

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    1. I had to go back to see the bee! haha...yes, I see it...and the roses are so beautiful..lovely color!

      I did plant thyme! I love it! I also love that you topped your soup with cheese and croutons,..yum!

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    2. oh Betsy is so funny because is really little and you know the cel is not like a camara sigh! but was fun, cause the bee wait I take de pic!

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    3. haha...now you have the bees posing for pictures. How cute. :)

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  22. mint is quite nice. i just noticed that butterfly in the cup. my old coffee mug is looking ratty compared with your banner...

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    1. get yourself a handsome looking mug, eddie...you taste first with your eyes, you know! :)

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  23. What a great project...I'm sure you will enjoy having the fresh herbs. I love your idea for labeling your pots. Very ingenious!

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    1. thanks, janice....I saved that card because it was so pretty! Now I can enjoy the pattern for a long time! Is it warm where you are? It's like summer here!

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    2. Brrrr...cold and wet here in CA.

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  24. I got all excited about gardening while vacationing in Florida...I never thought I would come home to 72 degree weather in Wisconsin in March! Heaven on Earth, I'm ready to dig!

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    1. It is amazing, isn't it? I keep saying it's more like June!

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  25. Hope you have all kinds of wonderful herbs grow. I always plant a variety of them too, but never actually use them for cooking. But, I always reach down and rub a leaf or two of "something" between my fingers as I walk by them on the patio. Have a great weekend. Mickie :)

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