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We’ve reached the middle of May and my garden has been started – that means summer is within reach and I will soon have vegetables and herbs whenever I want, just by stepping outside my house! In the past, I’ve always kept a few potted plants on the back deck to contain some of our herbs. They get in the way, but I still want some herbs within a few steps of my kitchen. This year I’m trying out an herb tower – an herb garden in a container stack.
In my head, I thought I’d “need” a pole or a stake to keep everything together. In reality, I added more dirt and nested the pots on the back side of the larger pot. It was quite simple and took very little time (and I get to reap all of the benefits of having fresh herbs all summer long.)
What you need:
4 planter pots
1 bag of potting soil
I had two basil plants, a peppermint plant, cilantro and parsley. Mint is something you should pot anyway, if you don’t want it to take over your yard. Basil is something I want to make pesto with, and the more plants I have, the better. Parsley should spread (and I hope to dry some out to use next fall and winter.) And cilantro is something I always want, but don’t always have.
Fun little fact – or annoying little fact – about cilantro, but it will only grow for a short amount of time. I have cilantro seeds which I will spread in this pot, so that when my plant dies off, I should have new cilantro growing in its place.
Ok. So I mostly filled the largest pot with soil, and I broke my peppermint plant up a little. I wanted everything to be towards one side of the pot, so the other pots would stack properly. I did the same thing with the basil (in the second largest pot), then parsley and finally cilantro.
The pots were “nested” towards one side of the pot just above its size. So the largest is on bottom and my smallest (the cilantro) is on top. I added dirt when necessary. I then watered the plants, and added more dirt.
My tower is currently residing on our front porch, but will soon be moving to the back deck (both spaces are easily accessible from my kitchen.) For now it’s very green and pretty on the front porch – and that is not something I’m going to complain about! If you wanted to add more color, you could put a potted flower in the top and let the cilantro grow around it. (Which I may end up doing this summer – so stay tuned!)
Even better about all of this? The supplies cost less than $50. Total. You may already have pots or even bags of dirt you can use.
What herbs are you growing in your yard? I had thought about putting oregano in a pot, but I have a lot in my box garden, so I’m going to see how that does first. I do need to dry some more, though.
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