Our Kitchen Secrets #1: Fresh Herb Barrel
FROM OUR KITCHEN
Fresh herbs brighten recipes with flavor, aroma and texture. Buying them for one recipe in the grocery store is expensive and often wasteful. Our simple solution is a small herb garden in a barrel in our backyard.
We went to our local big box home improvement store garden shop for all the components for an easy herb garden:
- A big barrel (we bought a light fabricated one, but there are lots to choose from including ceramic, reclaimed wine barrel, wood and pottery to match your decor) with a drainage hole at the bottom
- Potting soil for vegetable gardens
- Herb plants in peat containers
We planted the herbs we use most:
- basil (2 varieties)
After we planted the herbs, we placed the barrel in full sun exposure and the plants are thriving. Our barrel has been growing for only a month and we are already harvesting fresh herbs as we need them. The herb plants actually appreciate the pinching and continue to produce tender new growth.
HAPPY GARDENING AND COOKING!