LIVE on The Jason Show! Create Your Own European Herb & Flower Garden.
Watch Co-Owners Bridget Connell and Marsha Hunt demonstrate how to make this project live on The Jason Show!
Ahhh. Spring is in the air and we are so ready for the warm weather, flowers and amazing landscape that Minnesota brings us. It is almost time for gardens and flowers and sunshine. Almost.
But we know that once the snow starts to melt, we may be ready for our gardens to sprout, but unfortunately we may still have to wait for mother nature to continue to warm our gardens up.
So it is time to take matters in our own hands - and bring the fresh gardens to us….starting indoors first.
One of our favorite ways to do this is by making beautiful flower and herb planters that do wonderfully inside and add a lovely punch of color and freshness to our tables. All you need is a metal or ceramic container, herb plants and a few small glass vases for your fresh flower arrangements. We love the fresh plants and the burst of color that brightens up our homes. They are perfect for your kitchen counters or dining tables!
What you will need is:
Metal or ceramic container
Gravel or rocks for drainage
Fresh potted herbs
Glass vases in assorted sizes
Fresh cut flowers
First, take a sheet of cellophane, found at most your local craft stores, and line the inside of your outer container it. This will keep the water from leaking when watering.
Then line the bottom with rocks or gravel to provide drainage at the bottom of the container. We used sea shells that we picked up from our Spring Break, but any rock or gravel will do!
Wrap a small piece of cellophane around the plastic pot (or keep the plastic pot liner on it if it comes with one). Then wrap a small piece of burlap over the pot and secure with a rubber band.
Then start placing the herbs in your container. Also add several small vases or containers of water to place in between the herbs. Place fresh cut flowers in the vase to add some colorful blooms to intersperse with the herbs. An alternative is to use blooming plants.
After you fill the container with herbs and blooms, you can tuck pieces of moss around the edges of the pots and the container to hide the pots and to soften the edge.
And voila! The finished product. You can use it as a centerpiece on your table and in your kitchen to snip your herbs from for cooking. In mid to late May, you can transplant them outside in your garden or in an outdoor container garden. Mint is especially nice in the garden. Even though it is an annual, if you leave some of the heads to flower and let it go to seed in the late fall, the seeds will fall over winter and it will usually re-seed itself and grow back the following summer.