Y ou may think I’m a tad bit obsessed with herb gardening considering I posted an update on my budding, small-scale garden just a few short months ago.
Actually, I’m not as obsessed as I am thrilled about how great my garden has been growing.
Even though I’ve started a new batch of herbs, today’s post is less about herbs and more about the pots you can put them into.
If you’re inspired to start your own herb garden, consider personalizing the pots with chalkboard labeling.
This is a great look, they’re fun to make and the technique is so simple that kids can make them too.
Start with plain, inexpensive pots.
I picked up these terra cotta pots and matching trays at my local hardware store for under $3 each.
You only need a few other supplies for this project including masking tape, a foam paint brush, decorative scissors (scallop edge) and a small jar of chalkboard paint.
NOTE: There are so many fun projects you can create with chalkboard paint. Stay tuned for more chalkboard paint projects later in upcoming posts.
You’ll need several strips of about 6-inches each.
Because the throat of these pots is so narrow, I positioned the tape in a rectangular shape. If using a much larger pot, a square shape would look nice too.
If labeling multiple pots, it’s a good idea to create the shapes all together.
This way you can match up the widths and tape positioning so all the labels are the same size.
Carefully paint the area between the taped area. You’ll probably need to paint several layers. Allow each layer to dry before applying the next.
Also, try not to overload the brush with paint or it may seep under the tape and give you a less-than-desirable result.
OK, pots are ready and these herbs are ready for a new home.
Time to transplant.
You can easily tear these peat pots apart but it can get a little messy.
I opted to use a pair of scissors for a cleaner separation of the squares.
No need to remove the sprouts from the peat pots. They’re designed to be placed right inside the dirt as-is.
Build up a small dirt bed in the pot, place the peat pot on top the dirt and then fill in the area around the peat.
Here’s an example of a larger, more square-shaped label on a taller pot I’m using to grow Nasturtium.
NOTE: Stay tuned for details on how you can use Nasturtium in the kitchen. I’ll share more on that in THE FRIDAY FOODIE column coming up later this week.
By the way, I think a set of these chalkboard pots (filled with herbs or without) would make a nice summer gift for friends, loved ones and other budding, small scale gardeners.
If so, how do you store your fast growing plants? If not, what are you waiting for?
COMING UP ON FRIDAY
The colorful flowers in this salad almost steal the show in this tasty looking salad featuring Nasturtium.
Yes, some flowers are absolutely edible and vibrant Nasturtium is one of them.
Coming up on Friday (8/24) stop by for the latest edition of my bi-weekly column, THE FRIDAY FOODIE.
I’ll take you all the way from Nasturtium seeds, to Nasturtium plants to pretty Nasturtium on a plate.
Hope you pop by this blog again for a closer look at my “Nasturtium Salad”.
See you then. ♥