3.10.2008

March Monday Love List No. 3

Herb Gardens! I love planning them, planting them, weeding them, and harvesting them. Time spent in an herb garden is time well spent.
Where I live now, the barrel method of planting is my garden of choice. My backyard is a small narrow courtyard-type area, and the soil--in the few places there is soil--is poor. I think that with the combination of weed killer and salt used in the past 100 years, it has ruined the soil for everything except weeds. If I plant in a barrel, I have control of what is in it. I usually have one barrel for basil...3 or 4 varieties, and a barrel for "general" herbs...sage, thyme, parsley, chives...a "lemon" barrel...verbena, lemongrass, lemon geranium, lemon thyme, lemon mint...lovely tea herbs...and pots of rosemary and lavender. Just thinking about how they smell makes me happy!
I really wish I could plant a wagon wheel herb garden...so very neat and contained.

4 comments:

Rosie's Whimsy said...

We have poor soil, too. Living at the top of a ridge, rain had washed away the good topsoil to the valley and left hard rocky dirt. I have been making beds since moving here 4 summers ago. I just keep laying compost and manure....one day it will be wonderful soil :-) In the meantime, my vegetables are in pots as well! :-) Rosie

Thirkellgirl said...

I want a wagon wheel now, too! I have two whiskey barrels in my landscaping, too - one with seasonal annuals in the front garden, and one that I've let dd#1 plant. Her taste runs more to sweet potato vine and bright orange than I would choose but it's cheery!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

I enjoy container gardening, too. I often have the container on wheels so I can move it about if needed. Is there anything better than swishing the hand across fragrant herbs to enjoy their scent. Rosemary...don't always like cooking with it, but love having it in the garden.

Monique said...

Hi, this is funny, I've got the same barrel, also filled with herbs and an apothecary rse in the middle ; )