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.
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.
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!