I have always wanted a garden of my own. Growing up my neighbor had a beautiful garden in her front lawn that I would help her maintain on the weekends. We would pull weeds, plant new plants and water the existing ones. I always enjoyed sitting outside with her in her garden. When we moved into our town home in June we noticed that the previous owner had a small garden behind the patio. It was severely overgrown most likely from all the rain we have been getting. Judd decided that it was time we tore out the garden and started our own herb garden from scratch. I love fresh herbs and since I cook with them often what better way to get them then from my own herb garden! Here is our step-by-step process of planting our herb garden:
Step 1: Clean Out Old Garden
On Tuesday, Judd tore out all of the old plants from the previous owner. He had mint, basil and chives growing. The soil was in pretty good shape to were we won’t have to replace all of it. (Judd even noticed many worms!) With the old plants cleared out it was time for us to pick out plants for our herb garden.
Step 2: Decide What Herbs We Wanted in our Garden
This part was the easiest part! We did a little research and based off where we live and what I enjoy cooking with we made our plant decisions: Basil, Peppermint and Chives. We headed out Lowe’s to pick out our plants. The basil plants they had were perfect and I picked one out to plant in our garden. I love basil! I usually make pesto at least once a month for a pasta I make. Now that we have our own plant, I will be making more dishes with basil fresh from our garden! We also picked up a peppermint plant which I plan on making tea with in the near future. (Or at least once it gets cold out!)
Step 3: Get Our Hands Dirty and PLANT!
This was Judd’s favorite part! He got right in the dirt and started to dig a hole for the first plant to go in our garden, the basil plant. He placed the soil in the hole then carefully removed the basil plant form it’s plastic container. He loosened the bottom of the plant by the roots so it would take to the soil easier. Once in it’s hole, Judd filled the area around the plant with new soil then watered it carefully. I was next with the Peppermint plant. I dug a hole on the other side of our garden for this plant. I placed the plant in the hold and started filled the area around it with new soil. It was fun getting my hands dirty in working with our new garden and once I patted the soil down, I watered around the plant. Judd planted our chives plant last since it was the smallest. He pruned the leaves of the chives so it would have some room to grow taller. He watered the plant and finished watering each of our plants until our water can was empty.
I cannot wait to see the progress of our herb garden over the next few months. I have already planned a basil/pesto gnocchi recipe one night for dinner this week! Here is a hyperlapse video thanks to my GoPro of our gardening process: