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Monday, April 18, 2011

{DIY} Kitchen Window Herb Garden

Hello, hello! And here we are, back at another week. I, however, am not too bummed about Monday...since we leave for our trip Saturday! I can't wait, and am especially excited about the food!

The temperature outside directly affects the cooking going on inside my house. You know the drill, during the Winter nothing is as comforting as a big glass of wine pot of soup. But when Summer shows up, meals become lighter and more simple. Our favorite Summertime dinner is Caprece salad loaded with basil, corn on the cob and a loaf of crusty bread. And no Summer meal is complete without a jug of sun tea with fresh mint!

Last year I grew tired of buying fresh herbs every week and planted some in our backyard. Problem with that was trying to keep them pure. Between the pool water, pest control and wild kids, I didn't feel they were edible.

So this year, I'm trying a more controlled environment for our fresh herbs. And thanks to Target, it's cute and cheap!

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1) Start with your container of choice, mine are medium sized buckets from the dollar section at Target. 2) Drill holes in the bottom for proper drainage (I just hammered a nail through). 3) Place a few rocks in the bottom of the pail and plant herbs. I opted for organic soil.

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Target also has sets of 5 plant markers for $1. Those and a strip of striped ribbon amp up the cuteness.

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I think it helps them to look more polished for inside. It's so Martha to have fresh herbs at your fingertips while cooking in the kitchen!


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Not to mention how cheery they look and yummy they smell.


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Of course as soon as I finished, I spotted these over at Amber Interiors.


I like hers better, so I may be transplanting soon! Does your cooking change with the temperature? Do you want to smother everything you eat in basil or cilantro (like me!)? 

35 comments:

  1. Ah that's our go to summer meal too- love bocconcini salad with corn and bread- yum! I've wanted to do a herb garden forever since I dose everything is fresh herbs- yours look fabulous.

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  2. I love caprice salad and I really need to get my herbs planted! Where are you going?

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  3. I try to avoid cooking (it always seems to end terribly when I do try..) but I'm definitely ready for some light, fresh food! And BBQ season :D

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  4. The herbs and veggies went in last week, and I can't wait to start cooking with them. Need to go get me some of those plant labels!!

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  5. I am not much of a green thumb but I may have to try the indoor herb garden. Everything I try to grow dies! Target is the best btw!

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  6. *YES* to the cilantro! I get in a very "fresh salsa mood" in the summer (c: Your garden is too cute!

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  7. love the pink b&w :) I don't think I can keep plants alive :(

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  8. I like yours better! They are so cute and cheerful! Target gets me every time.

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  9. Love your herb garden. I think the pink looks so bright and cheery against your dark kitchen cabinets. I also enjoy using fresh herbs when I cook.

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  10. Such a great meal. I have to say I'm a "hold the cilantro" kinda gal.

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  11. You better keep an eye on your cilantro. It might just not be there later! Love. . and I appreciate you upping the cuteness factor ;) Everything you do is cute.

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  12. Oh I adore basil! We have a few herb boxes in our backyard and I'm so excited the basil is coming in so abundantly. In the summer I'm all about easy meals -- grilling, fresh salads, tons of fruit and nothing too heavy or hot!

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  13. I am growing herbs from seed at the moment! There's a seed watch on my blog. :)

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  14. ah adorable! my friend just bought me a bunch of herb pots as a housewarming gift...now i just have to figure out how to care for them so i don't kill them! :)

    what do i need to do re: the pillow giveaway?

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  15. I love the pink with the stripy ribbon and i also have that square planter (got mine from Ikea here!)

    Let me know how you get on with the herbs - mine always die!! xx

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  16. Very cute! I have been wanting to plant some herbs but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Your adorable pink pots may have just sent me over the edge!

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  17. Love this idea and it looks so easy too! Are you worried with the drainage on the pails? Or is it easy to clean up on windowsill?

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  18. So cute! I love this idea. I want some herbs for my windowsill!

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  19. A-dorable Cassie! They look happy up there on your window sill and I bet they smell delicious ;)

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  20. Please come to my house Cassie!!! I need those!!! You're like wonder woman...can do everything great.

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  21. So, so cute with that pink pail and striped ribbon! One of my faves is also Caprese salad:) Not sure how I confused Courtney and Mr. Goodwill Hunting??!! Both guys??!! :)

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  22. I need to plants some herbs too! I'm a big cilantro fan - goes great with everything!

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  23. Those pink pails are too cute! I have recently become obsessed with cilantro. Yum! Where are you going on vaca?

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  24. My window herb garden died over the weekend...after watering it for the first time in weeks...oops. This is a pretty cute idea instead of my ugly green containers, so I may give it another try.

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  25. Fantastic idea! yours are darling! xoxo, tracie

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  26. Yes cilantro!!! very beautiful idea to have the herbs fresh and near when you cook!

    Hugs
    Charo

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  27. This is such a cute idea!!!
    Come and link up your idea tomorrow at our What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!!!

    Alisa
    Sweet Peas and Bumblebees
    sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com

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  28. So cute! And our kitchen will be done soon, and I now have a ledge in front of my window where these could live :)

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  29. I love the pink and the black stripes together...very chic...I'm new to your blog, gonna go have fun looking around...thanks for sharing...xoxo
    Lucy

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  31. I bet they smell as great as they look!


    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters, today!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/04/calling-all-crafters-4th-edition.html

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  32. Herbs in the kitchen are a must-have I had to brave the cold last night not once (thyme for the chicken) but twice (mint for the mojitos!) to get to my herbs. I'm definately keen on funky herb pots in the kitchen these are fanbloddytastic :)

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  33. Never thought of buckets...nice.

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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