TAKE TWO of the most on point trends in homes and gardens right now, then merge them together and you’re on to a surefire winner to impress in the gardening stakes.
Using wooden pallets, leftover from the building and DIY industry to make functional tables, furniture and garden accessories, has long been popular, as they are inexpensive and easy to assemble into great looking, stylish items.
Growing your own herbs has also been trending heavily on social media recently, as more and more people are trying to eat cleaner and healthier with fresher ingredients and flavours.
So, there you have it, pallets and herbs working in harmony together, it’s perfect, almost a match made in heaven.
Let’s face it, if there’s one thing you can grow in your garden at ease, it’s a herb garden. With the warmer months, many of us are now embracing the great outdoors and contributing to the ‘grow your own’ trend.
From rosemary to chives, herbs are flavour some and easy to incorporate into your cooking, especially when entertaining family and friends over a barbecue.
However, the point is, as we all know, it’s not just about the herbs you grow in your garden, but they are showcased.
As a houseproud nation, it’s no surprise that we’re beautifying our planters and personalising our containers to make our herb gardens look like stylish growing spaces.
Pallets are proving to be a popular choice, as is the vertical planting option, which is currently trending on Pinterest.
Whilst we’re on the subject of herbs, remember, the beauty of them is that you can grow them in your kitchen.
That’s right, indoor gardening is on the rise and you can grow herbs in the smallest of spaces, such as on the windowsill.
So what are you waiting for? Grow your very own herb garden using pallets or a windowsill and be the envy of everyone.
Here are a few ‘herby tips’ to get you started.
Let there be light:
Herbs need 4-6 hours of direct sun every day to grow healthily.
Grow from seed:
When you first start out trying to grow fresh herbs, begin by trying to grow from seedlings rather than planting your own seeds.
These great little starter plants are widely available in grocery stores in the late spring. For the same price as a packet of fresh herbs from the produce section, you can buy your own little starter plant.
Choose the right varieties:
Start by trying to grow fresh basil. It is the perfect trainer herb. First, basil grows quickly, allowing you to observe the effects of your care more easily.
Second, basil leaves wilt visibly when not watered enough, but recovers well if you water the wilted plant.
Water herbs a moderate amount every day, as whilst some houseplants flourish with one solid watering per week, most delicate herbs require moderate and regular watering.
This is particularly true during hot summer months. If you have good drainage at the bottom of your pot (at least a drainage hole, possibly rocks beneath the soil), it will be difficult to water herbs too much.