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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Container Gardening for Herbs and Flowers

Our back porch is very small.  Its size can only accommodate a swing  and the grill so  there's nothing you can really do to make it look nice except put some cute stuff that would add colors and character.  I used chipped mugs, old  shoes, empty water bottles, and some   colorful cute containers that I bought from Dollar Tree.
 My husband's mug   has a small chip when it clanked on another mug in the sink.  Instead of throwing it, I saved it and put marigold in it.
 This container  contains dill and morning glory.  These photos were taken last week so the actual plants are now blooming.  Did you know that the  traditional use for dill is  to soothe carminative stomach and use as an  insomnia reliever?
 This is my pot of cilantro or coriander, another herb that I recently love to incorporate into my cooking.  I bought the pack of seeds at the Dollar Tree as well for 25 cents.  Cilantro is good to toss with  stir fries and  also good to put in  guacamole.
 This is a thyme.  This herb is not only good in cooking but it is also  used  in many ways.  I read an article that thyme  was used by Ancient Egyptian for their embalming practices and Ancient Greeks used it as incense.  Some research in the UK found out that thyme solution can cure acne.
 I bought this trio planters at Kmart last year.  It's perfect for growing herbs in the kitchen.  MY parsley is not  doing really good but it's okay, I already have a handful from these babies and used it for cooking.  Parsley is very versatile, you can  add this for  almost every dish that you cook, at least I do.
 Last year, I had a thick oregano plant in my garden, I accidentally pulled  them out.  Luckily, there was one who came back so I put it in this container.  When I was still in the Philippines, we used  oregano as herbal medicine and not for cooking.  Coming here in America, I was surprised that it used for cooking lol.Then again, I  rarely cook when I was still there so I didn't know. Oregano is a good antioxidant.
 I used  my kids old boots as planters.  I inserted an empty bottle inside , put  some soil and plant some marigold in it.
I love the colorful  containers, my dull  porch has now colors and I like it.
Below is basil.  This herb is also very versatile.  You can  add it to your pesto, salad, fish, pizza, and many more.  And oh, for those who love to make cocktails, basil is a great  addition if you want a nice twist.  
 If you love petunias like I do, you can save the seeds and just grow your own.
It seems like  nothing is in there but that's my rosemary growing.   They are now a little bit taller.  Rosemary is  widely use in Italian cuisine.  I love it in grilled chicken.  
I found these cute  stuff at Dollar Tree as well.   
Sometimes, all you need are little containers and you can grow  the  herbs that you like.  

25 Smart Readers SAID::

Deli said...

This is impressive, Sis :) Reminds me of my plan to plant herbs. Love the kid's boots as planters. Nice!!

Travel Quest said...

Those colorful flower pots are good if you have a limited space for a garden. They look good as well on any size of porch or deck it gives life to any everyone.

Elizabeth O. said...

I also have a chipped mug and planted a Bonzai money tree there. I like the boots idea.

nova hedges said...

great idea for keeping your herbs alive the whole year long...

Lainy said...

Clever idea if recycling rubbish! It looked so cool and pretty! Ikaw na talaga ang reyna pagdating sa mga ganito, Rose! Hands down! ;-)

Dhemz said...

you are pretty creative sis...I love the whole idea!

papaleng said...

I am so impress with your creative ideas. Imagine old boots as plant container. "Eh kami rito hanggang sirang balde lang"

Masshole Mommy said...

I don't have a garden, but if I did, a container garden would be the way I would do it. It seems like it makes a lot of sense to grow this way.

Megan Elford {WelcomeToTheZoo} said...

I love growing things like these, especially the ones that you can use in cooking. I used to have basil, rosemary and oregano and used them in everything. I had to pull out that particular garden though, and haven't replanted them yet unfortunately.

Jennifer Juro said...

I love how you recycled the coffee cup! These are all great ideas for container gardening!

jcupphoo said...

These look great! We're so bad at keeping up with plants. They always tend to die out shortly after we get them. We should try again though!

Maurene C said...

Are the mugs enough to grow the plants? Your mini garden is so cute. I hope to have one too inside the house.

Heather Jones said...

I love container gardening, however I must be doing something just horrible....every single plant I bring in to my house and put on a window sill eventually gets some kind of bug that runs rampent through the plant and I have to move it back outside and often it dies....I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Do you know what could be going on here? Anything I plant in the ground is fine...but in a container....not.

Yellow Tennessee said...

I love the idea of using containers if you have a smaller space. And using the kids boots that they outgrew is just a great idea.

Ourfamilyworld said...

Using a chipped cup for plants is a wonderful idea. Next time I won't throw them away.

Kiwi said...

UGG and a plants! Thats a cute way to upcycle!

Franc said...

You have lots of plants in your house. It's nice that you were able to reuse the chipped mug.

Angie Scheie said...

I'm so impressed! I also have a very small space and started sine herbs for the first time. I've already killed off my chocolate mint:-(. The rest is alive but it doesn't feel like it's growing much. I love your containers!

Shaney Vijendranath said...

I really want to plant especially herbs. It's so much easier than purchasing from the store, it's getting so expensive now.

Fiona said...

As our house is rented we have a lot of potted plants. I buy them in pastel colours for a shabby chic look. I picked up some gorgeous vintage style metal containers with hearts yesterday, now I just need to figure out what to plant in them :)

Miranda Myrabev said...

This is really cool, I do not have any space so this would work for me in my apartment. I have basil currently and its dying lol

Annemarie said...

So creative! I love the idea of putting the herbs in the boots. We have a few sitting in the garage, great idea I am going to try it for sure!

Jeana B. said...

People seem to be forgetting gardening nowadays. This is a good way to start once again.

Addi Ganley said...

I have a window sill herb garden and I love it. My favorites are basil and oregano. I love cooking with fresh herbs.

Krystal Butherus said...

I just started gardening this week! I have thyme, basil, and ciltanro in containers. I hope it goes well!

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