Monday, April 27, 2009

Herb Gardening~ With Help From My Girls

Ivy, Ilex, Holly and I enjoy a day in the herb garden.

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.

~Lindley Karstens~

Design you own Herb Garden

Step 1~ Design for your tastes and site - plan for herbs you'll actually use and pick a spot with at least half a day of sun for your herb garden. Measure your available space and make a drawing of it on graph paper for a working design.

Step 2 ~ Take a page from traditional English herb gardens - give the bed a focal point for year round interest. Plan for a sundial, bird feeding station, wire obelisk, tall sculpture or trellis at the center of your herb garden.

Step 3~ Choose cottage garden ambiance for a friendly herb garden that overflows its borders with flowers. Use any shape - circles and ellipses are popular - for a cottage style bed and define it with a path that circles and bisects it for maintenance.


Molly said...

The Kipling quote gave me quite a chuckle!

I love the brick pattern around that urn! Lovely, lovely!

I bought lots of new herb seeds this year...just for fun...and to add to my existing herb garden. I love cooking with fresh herbs and I'm going to try my hand at potpourri as well.

Anonymous said...

I especially enjoyed - agreed with - identified with your quotes today. And the pictures were great. I just wish I had a place to have all my herbs in one place to create a real herb garden. Mine are just scattered around and some just in pots. I had put in pickling cucumbers because we had so much nice weather and 2 nights of down to freezing weather took them out so now we are going to start again with seeds.