My Labor Of Love – Herb Garden – DIY


A gardener I am not, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try.  I remember the old saying, “try, try again” and so I have.  This year is turning out pretty well and I’m so proud.  I decided to plant a huge herb garden on the back porch, and I have never enjoyed gardening so much.  It is NOT too late to plant.  I’m sure many of you in the south and west are thinking “I planted 2 months ago”.  Here in Michigan the frost just stopped, though you wouldn’t know it because it was a high of 61 today.

The Cost:

This garden cost me under $50.  We bought one bag of dirt and one of every herb in the garden center section, along with a couple of pepper, tomato and lavender plants.


  • Our family upcycles as much as possible and I was able to create this very inexpensively because I reused a lot of old materials hanging around the yard.
  • My husband and I went through both barns (no we don’t have a farm lol), the garage and back shed to find pots from years gone by.  Most were still full of dirt, so we pulled out our vintage wheelbarrow and dumped all the dirt from the pots and the new bag we bought.  We got a shovel and mixed it all really well.  This gave our plants the best possible bedding for them to grow.
  • Then my husband and I fought over who got which pot, because we do a his and hers planting and we do NOT touch the other’s planters.  I nabbed all my beautiful colored pots and as you will see in another post he confiscated some of mine I was going to use when my back was turned.
  • Plants, because of our short growing season here is short is the best way to get started.  Though, I did plant a few seeds of bee food to see how it turns out.

Please excuse the tumbled furniture in the back ground. We were getting out the furniture and power washing it at the same time.


Most of my plants came in the plantable pots but because I’m not putting them in the ground I broke the bottom of these out and let the roots spread out as I put each plant in a pot.  Then I added dirt around them and watered.


From plants I planted:   Jalapeno Peppers, Grape Tomatoes, Lavender, Rosemary, 2 different types of Thyme, Sage, 2 different kinds of Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Mint (for my cats), Oregano, Dill and a few others.  From seed I planted Bee Food and it is an assortment of flowers to attract hopefully honey bees, cantaloupe and egg plant because I had the seeds on hand.


My garden has been done a couple of weeks now and I have had multiple cuttings already.  The tomato plants are now in cages and have flowers on them but a gardener can only do so much when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.  It has rained everyday for a week.  While we have had small peeps of sunshine it hasn’t been enough to really give the plants the warmth and dryness they need to really flourish.  More to come as the plants continue to grow!


10 comments for “My Labor Of Love – Herb Garden – DIY

  1. Cindy S.
    June 23, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Nothing better than having fresh herbs to cook with. So fun to grow and easy too.

  2. Ann
    June 23, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I politely disagree, for I think that a gardener you are! I really love the variety and colors in the photos. And that mint green watering can is gorgeous!

  3. Melissa Storms
    June 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I am so far behind in my gardening because of the never ending rain here too. I love the idea of planting herbs in a bunch of pretty pots and I have a few terra cotta pots I may paint today to use.

  4. kristina daniels
    July 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve been wanting to start an herb garden, thanks for motivating me!

  5. Cheryl Everitt
    July 13, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Ok it is time to get back to nature! What could better than getting your hands dirty. Thank you for sharing your journey with herbs.

  6. sherry F butcher
    July 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I’m trying to get started but it’s raining every day so I keep putting it off. Maybe this well get me going again.

  7. Raymond Morris
    July 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    They look great! By now (mid-summer) they should be growing.

  8. Sarah L
    August 14, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I love having fresh herbs to cook with. Fun projects.

  9. Debbie P
    September 10, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Great job,they look super!

  10. Lucy Rapposelli
    November 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Great ideas

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