Friday, March 12, 2010

Herb Garden

 I was inspired by the window sill herb garden over at White House Black Shutters. She added chalkboard labels to glass vases to grow herbs in, and I decided that I wanted to create the same little garden. A perfect way to usher in spring, decorate my window sill, and contribute to dinner.

Lucky for me, I already had 4 small glass containers perfect for this project on hand. I also had leftover peel-and-stick chalkboard from the end cabinet I covered a while back. (you can see that here) I used an exacto knife and a ruler to cut 4 labels all the same sizer and stuck them onto the glass containers.

All I had to purchase was the soil and the seeds. I got all of that at The Christmas Tree Shops for $6.

Now, I don't have a green thumb. As a matter of fact, I have a black thumb. Nearly every single plant in our home is fake. I am not a gardener. But, I was able to fill these containers with soil and add the seeds. My 3 year old son even helped and had a blast. The whole project only took about 20 minutes. The hardest part was writing the names on the labels. I wanted them to look pretty!

My son came running downstairs this morning eager to see the herbs. Much to his dismay, they weren't here yet. Hopefully, between the two of us, we will nurture this little window herb garden enough to actually produce herbs...with patience.

I think my herb garden on the window sill goes nicely with the rest of the spring decor I recently added to this area of my kitchen. The glass apothecary jars came from Home Goods a while back and were filled with pine cones over the winter. I filled them with Spanish Moss and white wooden eggs that I found at Michael's last year for 80 cents each.And I, of course, had to add a little bird! I found the little guy at the Dollar Tree.

Do you garden? What do you enjoy growing?


AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

Jessi, they look great! I am sooo touched that you liked them enough to make them for your home! Your black thumb did pretty well - and I love how they look on your windowsill with the apothocary jars!

I totally agree, the hardest part was writing the labels on, I tried a few times for each pot. Good thing it's eraseable!

GREAT job and thanks for linking to me! :)

-Ann Marie

Jessica said...

I LOVE those!!! They look so great! And BTW I have that exact same bird! Great taste :D

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Wendy said...

We love to grow herbs! It is our favorite and fresh herbs taste so much better! The jars are adorable and look so pretty in your window! Super idea!
Have a great weekend :)

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I love this idea! Your kitchen is really cute. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog!! I really appreciate it!

Katie said...

Those are adorable! Starting seeds is a sure sign of spring!

Melanie said...

How cute! I need to try and grow some herbs. I cook with a lot of them and could sure use some fresh ones:)

Hope they grow where your little one can see the fruits of his labor;)

The Cozy Chateau said...

Wow! The herb containers look really great (as does your whole sink area - really like the understated light in front of the window too - very pretty) AND the herbs will be practical too - love that. Nice job and thanks for sharing!!

kim said...

That is a really cute idea. I would love to have an herb garden. I don't have a kitchen window. I guess I could do them on the table in the sunroom. Herbs are so expensive at the grocery store.

Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt said...

Great minds think alike! I have some leftover glass votives that use to have candles (burned those puppies down to the metal disc) and was thinking of making a "glass herb garden." Haha! Love the chalkboard paint idea. That detailing makes all the difference. :)


Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Good luck with your herbs! I grow thyme, rosemary, parsley, mint, chives and basil.

Meg said...

How did I miss this post? Brilliant! I love every little detail of this project!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessi~
Thanx so much for stopping by my blog! Burlap and a monogram, can't go wrong there!! LOVE the classy herb garden ya planted....I'm gonna have to use that one!

Comeca Jones said...

I love what you are doing so far lookin forward to watchin your blog grow!!