Happy Monday! I hope your day gets off to a great start. I’m still trying to shake off my disappointing trip to Target yesterday morning in an attempt to score some of the gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer items . . . #totalbust!
Other than that minor setback yesterday morning, we had a great weekend. It was the first in a month that we had no plans or commitments, which was much needed. One of the fun things Dani and I did on Saturday was plant an herb garden. A simple, inexpensive project that gave Dani such joy and pride so I thought I would share with you all.
The impetus for this spontaneous project was this little package of thyme seeds that one of the local real estate agents left as a promotion.
Dani wanted to plant them somewhere and so we began our little project. Originally we were going to go to our local Home Depot and purchase a container to plant the seeds in, however; if you knew my skill level with plants (my husband has a section in our backyard he refers to as the “graveyard” where he attempts to resuscitate the plants I have killed), you would know that it would probably be a waste of money. So we searched around the house and found this great container that I purchased from Michael’s last summer and bonus, had a chalkboard face so Dani could put her artistic spin on it.
We did however end up running to Home Depot so Dani could add a few, already established herbs to her little garden (this should read as “in case Mommy kills the thyme seeds and they never sprout). She chose lavender and peppermint all which smell really delicious. She chose the lavender because she heard it keeps ants away and we have been at war with ants for about 2 weeks now in our house- such a smart girl!
So we came home, put some holes in the bottom of our container for drainage, added soil, the lavender and peppermint herbs, added a little more soil and then the thyme seeds.
This wouldn’t be a very helpful DIY project if I didn’t offer any type of solid advice for planting an herb garden so here is what I found on Style Me Pretty via Pinterest (duh!):
What You’ll Need:
* A container
* 2-3 herbs, depending upon the size of your container
* Potting soil
*Love & in our case Luck!
*Total Cost for our little herb garden was about $5.00
* Find a spot with a good 5-8 hours of sunlight (✓)
* Make sure water can drain quickly from the container (✓)
* Use a seed starting soil or potting soil, but avoid garden soil (oops)
* Water when the soil on the surface is dry
* After 10 days, start feeding the plants with a nutrient-rich fertilizer every 2 weeks (it will be a miracle if our plants are even alive in 10 days)
* Never trim more than 1/3 of a plant’s leaves. Keep plenty of leaves on the plant to encourage new growth
Fingers crossed the thyme seeds will sprout and the lavender and peppermint won’t die. Regardless of the outcome, this was a great way to spend some quality time with my daughter, doing something that SHE wanted to do outdoors with nature and totally inexpensive. I’d love to hear if you do this with your children or any other great projects you have!