Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The herbs will have their own new digs!

Building herb retainer space

I've always wanted a little garden space dedicated solely to herbs, but this goes beyond what I could've ever imagined. What was once a playground for weeds is now dubbed the "Herb Hotel". A section of the garden slope was subject to erosion during heavy rains, so my husband built this low retaining wall with enough surface area to tuck in a few flavoring essentials. More growing space equals more new purchases from the nursery, and I picked up peppermint, thyme and nepitella (bottom right), a wild type of mint used in italian cuisine. That just started the ball rolling, and into the cart went a lavender bush, a rhubarb and 3 small pots of aubrieta deltoidea. I'll put up a photo of the finished project later.

Finished herb retainer space

Hooked on herbs

11 comments:

  1. That herb hotel is going to look beautiful when it's fully occupied!

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  2. I'm not sure what type of mint takes over, but there is one that will take over space, so should be left in a pot...can't wait to see all the herbs in the ground!

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  3. thyme2garden - if lemongrass could thrive here I'd add that too but I think tarragon or marjoram will be the last herb to go in.

    Kat - it's the peppermint! I've planted it before (sans container) and it did try to invade space. What happened though is that aphids got to it and then maybe with the cold winters, it died and never lasts more than 2 years. If the peppermint does TOO well in the hotel, I'm gonna give it the boot.

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  4. ah, aphids, how I hate them :( hope the peppermint minds its space.

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  5. The 'Herb Hotel', that's so funny.

    My garden is unfortunately very shaded. With no full sun areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving herbs.

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  6. Jeff - actually right now I could use a little bit of shade since our temps have been unusually warm for spring (upper 70's). The peas aren't doing too great and the lettuce...well, I just hope that they won't bolt!

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  7. Growing herbs is always satisfying. Herb Hotel is a sweet name....

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  8. Bangchik & Kakdah - and they are so easy to grow and maintain. My favorite thing to do is to run my hands over the herbs for instant aromatherapy. ^-^

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  9. Can't keep aubretia alive here :( Hope you have more luck - the altitude should make the difference.

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  10. I see the hanging gardens of Babylon, with a culinary twist. Very nice, there's something quite special about taking a few steps for a giant leap in flavor. So glad to reconnect Rowena, I've been missing my blog visits with you! Mahalo, Buongiorno from the Pacific NW.

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  11. Sue - the aubretia grows like a weed here! I don't know why I never noticed it before...must've been during that period when I was all starry-eyed over fruit trees.

    Tom - I point the finger on the seasons, well make that season, and that would be winter. At that time of year it's hibernation for the blog and party time with the holidays!

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