Recently I attended Haven, a DIY/blogging conference in Atlanta. Not only is it a great event to learn about blogging, doing hands on DIY, meeting celebrities in the DIY/HGTV world, but also getting to know others that have the same passion you do.
After a day and a half of soaking up all of the technical stuff associated with blogging, my little brain was on overload and I needed something fun. Outdoor Inspirations sponsored by Thompsons Waterseal and Southern Living Plant Collection was just the thing. Jeff Wilson, spokesman for Thompsons, gave out great tips on creating an outdoor living area, including pictures from his new deck and outdoor kitchen.
Carmen Johnston with SL Plant Collections gave us so many tips on container gardening. There should always be the 3 T’s in any container – Tall, Trailing, and Thick. For instant gratification (which we all seem to want these days), use full size plants so that your container looks full. Also in her tips was creating centerpieces using shrubs which can then be transplanted into your garden, use a good potting mix for containers such as Miracle-Gro, start your fall containers in August, make sure you have proper drainage in all containers, and herbs can add such a fragrance to any container. My favorite herb is Rosemary (wonder why) and I love having it in several places around my home.
Not only was I lucky enough to win a door prize which included 2 large pots with lots of herbs and plants, but Southern Living Plant Collection was kind enough to have several plants to give away to attendees of Haven.
I’m not known for having a green thumb, but I keep trying. I have always wanted an herb garden but just never took the time and effort to do it. Fresh herbs are such a great way of adding an extra boost of flavor to any dish and I’m enjoying them now. One of my problems could have been not using the right type of “soil” in my pots in the past but from now on, only Miracle-Gro for me. No more dirt, which is what is found in the ground.
The pots are made from a natural stone and mineral but more lightweight than your traditional terra cotta pots and available from Home Depot. That is a great feature so in the future if it needs to be moved to another area of your deck or yard. By using an 18” and 11”, it was good sizes for stacking.
As in any project, gather all of your supplies you need for the project. If possible, go ahead and place the large pot in your space where you want it. Fill both pots leaving about 3” of space at the top with Miracle-Gro. Place the smaller pot at the back edge of the lower pot. By doing this you are leaving more surface area in the large pot for planting. I always like to do a practice round of the placement of the plants before actual planting.
Now you are ready to plant. All of these plants are from SL Plant Collections with the exception of the two Rosemary plants I picked up at a local grocery store.
Plant the bottom pot first. Always loosen the roots when you take them out of the pots so it encourages growth. The depth you place the plants will depend on the size of the plant itself. You want to dig a hole, which you can do with your hands easily since you have loose soil, a little bigger than the root of your plant. Pack soil firmly around the base of the plant. You may then need to add more Miracle-Gro to fill in any spaces left around the plants.
After everything is planted to your satisfaction, give it a good watering. A watering can with a sprinkle attachment works best as it has a more gentle flow of water for your fresh plantings. This is also a good place to add any signs or ornaments to your garden. My “Rosemary” had the perfect spot.
When I was younger, I never could find my name in anything at stores or tourist places, so now I always look at any garden center. I love adding these to pots, even if it doesn’t have Rosemary in it.
All of these plants are tolerant of the full sun and needs to be watered on a regular basis. Remember, containers do tend to get drier quicker, plus they need nourishment, such as Miracle-Gro plant food, about every 6 weeks. It’s been about 6 weeks now since I planted mine and I’m happy to say all the plants are still alive and thriving. I even use the herbs in cooking several times a week. Another plus to this type of herb garden, is the lovely fragrance I have on my deck.