Just a heads up, this post is sponsored by Seattle Goodwill, which means I was given a gift card to purchase items in their store. All words are my own, and I completely support this organization.
I'm totally aware that it's still winter, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about edible gardening. The beautiful thing about a kitchen with windows is that it becomes a makeshift greenhouse. This means herbs all year round.
Putting this little project together is as simple as it looks, but I wanted to bring light to what the herbs are planted in. Those are flour sifters. I lit up when I first saw these at Seattle Goodwill because I've been looking for plant containers that were kitchen items, so they are safe to grow/eat out of, for awhile now. You really never know what you're going to find at Goodwill. Flour sifters have sturdy walls and holes on the bottom, for sifting of course , making them the perfect planter because of drainage. My mint, rosemary, and thyme are happy campers.
The biggest tip I like to tell folks when it comes to edible gardening is grow what you actually eat. If you didn't want to eat it in the beginning, you'll be even more disappointed giving TLC to something that you'll be giving the stink face to in the end. My second tip is to actually let the herbs grow. This might sound silly, until you start clipping the herbs so much when it's trying to grow and end up killing the plant from the excitement to use it. This may or may not have happened to me ... multiple times ... but trust me, it happens.
3 flour sifters, or kitchen item with holes on the bottom
All natural compost
- Put a small handful of the compost on the bottom of the sifter.
- Slightly break up the roots of the plant and put inside the sifter, making sure the top of the roots are level with the top of the container. Fill the sides with compost, packing it in so there's not a lot of loose dirt.
- Gently water the herbs in the sink, making sure the water drains through. You want all of the soil to be wet.
- Let the plants drain completely drain in the sink until there's no water coming from the bottom, then place on a plate and put in the sunniest spot in the kitchen. Water again when the soil is dry, about once a week depending on the amount of sun they get.
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