Container Herb Garden Ideas

With warmer weather finally arriving, I’ve shifted my attention to outdoor decorating and gardening as much as I can. Over the weekend, we were able to rake the front lawn and clean up the perennials in the front flower bed. Thankfully, my son is home from his first year of college and was a big help. I remember when he used to get out his little plastic gardening set as a toddler and get down to business (I think making more of mess than anything!). Wow, time flies, and now he’s the one we get to trim the high tree branches because he towers both of us!

Unfortunately, there’s still a bit of snow in the back yard, so that will have to wait. I’m crossing my fingers it melts soon because we’re hosting an outdoor get-together at the beginning of May- yikes! It appears as though some critters made a bit of a mess of the grass, so that will require some patching. Have you ever had this problem?

A month or so ago, I started some indoor seedlings with pretty good success. Most of them are herbs and, lately, I’ve been looking for some container gardening ideas for when they’re ready to be planted outside.

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Two seasons ago, I planted my herbs in burlap containers. The herbs turned out great, but the very wet season caused moss to grow on the outside of the containers making them look not so great later in the season. To solve this problem, I suggest keeping them in an area where moisture can be controlled, such as a covered porch (with lots of sun).

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Last year, I planted a strawberry pot herb garden. This worked well all season long for trailing or fuller herb plants like thyme, oregano and lemon balm. Woodier upright herbs like rosemary and lavender didn’t seem to fill out as well. This year I plan on being selective with the herbs I plant in my strawberry pot.

How to Plant a Strawberry Pot Herb Garden

 

An option I may try this spring is a vertical pallet herb garden similar to this one made by Roeshel of DIY Showoff. I love how this one takes up very little space with so many plants. My only concern is finding a pallet that isn’t treated with toxic chemicals that could potentially leech into the soil.

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I’ve also considered growing my herbs in a collection of vintage metal pots. This would allow me to adjust the amount of water and type of soil for each herb plant. To me this look is very French- ooh la la!

Vintage Herb Display via HGTV

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Get Ready for the Outdoor Extravaganza Link Parties!

Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to get ready for the annual Outdoor Extravaganza link parties!

This time, I’m joining 5 other talented bloggers to share some of our outdoor projects, and we want you to show us what you’ve been busy working on outside, too!

Join the Upcoming Outdoor Extravaganza 2014

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This year’s hostesses are (left to right):

Tiffany from Living Savvy
Shauna from Satori Design for Living (that’s me!)

 

Be sure to mark your calendars. All dates and themes are above. Remember it’s outdoor projects, so start working on them now. We’re talking container gardens, outdoor dining spaces, DIY light fixtures, trellises and more.
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DIY Roman Shade Using Spoonflower Fabric

When we first moved into our current house more than 10 years ago, I had lofty ambitions to create custom window treatments for every room. I managed to sew drapery for our living room, kitchen, and dining room, and even sewed a roman shade for our bathroom. Then, the busyness of life got in the way and those plans came to a halt.

For years, I’ve wanted a patterned roman shade in my office, but paying the hefty price for a custom one was something I wasn’t willing to do. Last week, I finally tackled this long-awaited project, and I’m thrilled with the results!

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To backtrack a bit, I came up with the idea a while ago to start a new series where a small group of bloggers would be given the same medium to work with. It would then be up to each of them to decide what they wanted to create or decorate using it. The premise was:

“What can you do with…?”

To kick this series off, I asked Jamie, Jennifer, and Beckie to show what they could do with 2 yards of fabric. (You’ll get a sneak peek of their beautiful projects in a bit.)

I was thrilled when Spoonflower agreed to jump on board for the first round of this series. Each of us were able to select 2 yards of linen-cotton canvas from their amazing selection of prints. After spending way too much time on Spoonflower’s site (it’s so easy to get lost in all the goodness!), I settled on a modern trellis fabric called Claudette. When it arrived, I was very impressed with the quality.

Claudette Linen Charcoal fabric on Spoonflower

DIY Custom Roman Shade

Creating your own custom roman shade isn’t difficult, just time consuming. If you’re going to attempt it for the first time, I suggest starting with a solid color or small pattern for your fabric. Using a large-scale print like I did requires very precise measuring to get everything lined up just right. Also, if your window isn’t completely square, it’s better to forgo a large print.

The technique I use is a combination of “sew and no-sew” to give you professional results without all of the hassle. The deconstructed mini blind technique I’ve seen is great for blackout fabrics, but I’m not a fan of seeing the horizontal slats when the blind is down. The method I’m sharing today is perfect for semi-transparent fabrics when you want a bit of the light to shine through. You will only be able to see the tape slightly where the string runs through- so much better!
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Our Sunday Best Showcase- Link Party #12

Welcome to Our Sunday Best Showcase link party! Are you ready to look through some pretty amazing projects?

Before you link up, be sure to get acquainted with my lovely co-hosts, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, Aimee from Twigg Studios, and Nicolette from Momnivore’s Dilemma and ink & sky!

sunday best showcase link party, every sunday at 8am CST

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This past week, I was working on behind-the-scenes stuff (you’ll see very soon), and only managed to share a recipe for decadent double chocolate almond cookies. Thank goodness I have family coming this weekend to eat them up- so addicting!

Week 12 Projects on Satori Design for Living

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Today, it’s Aimee’s turn to share her favorites. Pretty and yummy sums them up!

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Birthday cake slice brooch shared by Hearthandmade.co.uk.
Finished Fake Cake with flower toppers and blue icing Birthday Cake Slice Brooch DIY

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Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

Around here, we’ve really cut back on eating sweets. But, when I made these double chocolate almond cookies for my son and his college friends, I knew I was in trouble! Of course, I had to sample at least one to make sure they were good. That’s a mom’s duty, right? Believe me when I say these cookies are love (hate?) at first bite.

Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

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Before I share the recipe, I must warn you. The smell coming from your oven will have you hooked (kind of like when you walk past Cookies by George at the mall). Take one bite and it’s all over from there…

Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

1 cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour (I used nutri-flour “tastes like white” blend)
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
¾ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat together butter and both sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat into butter mixture.

Stir in almonds and chocolate chips until well combined.

Roll into balls (I used a small ice cream scoop to ration them out) and place at least a couple inches apart on the baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on size). They will be a bit firm on the top, but soft in the center (don’t over bake, as you want them ooey gooey on the inside). Remove from oven and let sit for a couple minutes before you transfer them to the cooling rack.

Makes 18 large cookies.

Chocoholic approved!

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