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“Grow a Tomato Sauce Garden” Gift Basket

Put together this Grow a Tomato Sauce Garden gift basket filled with herbs, tomato plants and more. The perfect gift for a gardener or foodie!

Hello, friends! Today’s one of my favourite days in the blogging world as we’re kicking off this year’s OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA! Can you believe it’s the 6th go-around for this series already? We’ve certainly tackled our fair share of outdoor projects. Some of my favourites from past years are my tool box planters, rustic bench container garden and flea market table setting.

If you haven’t started working outdoors yet, now’s the time! I promise you’ll be inspired to get your hands dirty updating your outdoor space so you’re ready to host that summer party or simply kick back and soak up some glorious sunshine.

Looking for some motivation to beautify your backyard? Join the Outdoor Extravaganza blogging series hosted by Satori Design for Living and guests!

I’ve invited some of my favourite bloggers to join me once again. Some have been with me almost from the beginning, but you’ll see a few newcomers as well. Over the next few Thursdays, we’ll be sharing our Plants & Flowers projects, Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining ideas, as well as Build-it & Paint projects.

Then, on May 26th, we invite you to come back for one big OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA link party, where you can share your own outdoor projects and discover something new!

To kick things off, we’re sharing our PLANTS & FLOWERS projects today…

Hammered Tin Basket Filled with Herbs and Plants - Grow Your Own Tomato Sauce Garden Gift Basket

If there’s someone in your life who’s a gardener and foodie, this “Grow a Tomato Sauce Garden” gift basket is perfect.

Still trying to come up with a Mother’s Day present? You can put this gardening kit together in almost no time at all. Or consider it instead for Father’s Day, a birthday, for the hostess or any other spring occasion.

Tomato Sauce Garden Gift Basket How-To

I started with a quick trip to a local garden centre to pick up the herbs and tomato plants. Tomato sauce can be made using all kinds of ingredients.

Plants I Selected:

  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Roma Tomato
  • Cherry Tomato

I also grabbed some onion bulbs and a package of carrot seeds.

Terracotta Pots

As with most plants from the greenhouse, these ones came in unattractive plastic pots. So, I decided to transfer them into inexpensive terracotta pots.

Supplies to Grow a Tomato Sauce Garden - Herbs and Tomato Plants

DIY Garden Markers

To keep track of the plants, I created better looking garden markers too. You can place the labels that came with the pots into an envelope and tuck them into the gift basket. Quite often, they contain additional information for optimal growing conditions or recipe ideas, so pass them along.

Herb and Vegetable Garden Markers with Terracotta Pots and Herbs

Cute, right?

–> See how I made these vegetable and herb garden markers with step-by-step instructions.

DIY Canvas Garden Markers for Potted Herbs and Vegetables

How to Assemble the Gift Basket

Almost any basket or bin will do. Just make sure it’s large enough.

I selected a galvanized one that can double as a planter or be used for summer entertaining. I have a similar bin that sits on the bottom shelf of our outdoor bar cart. Filled with ice, it’s perfect for cold beverages.

For the liner, I used tissue paper for some height covered with an oversized tea towel. I also used some shredded paper on top to keep the tea towel from getting dirty.

Then, I assembled the whole basket starting with the potted plants.

Herbs in Terracotta Pots with DIY Garden Markers - Gift Idea for the Gardener or Cook

For the onions, I simply removed the cardboard label from the top, cut a bit of the plastic mesh down and tied it up with jute string. I added the onion label to the same envelope as the herb and tomato labels and placed them all into the bin.

Supplies for Growing a Tomato Sauce Garden - Onions
Potted Herbs with DIY Garden Markers - Grow Your Own Tomato Sauce - Gift Basket Idea

I tucked the carrot seed envelope in between the pots too. Feel free to add other seed packets, like celery or spinach.

Printable Card Instructions

To finish the whole thing off, I printed a “grow your own tomato sauce” card and attached it to the bin with a tiny clothespin.

Grow Your Own Tomato Sauce Garden Gift Idea with Printable Card for Gift Basket

Here’s the graphic I created that you can download and print onto a 4×6 card or envelope (for personal use only).

Note: I got the vintage basil herb image from the graphics fairy.

Grow Your Own Tomato Sauce Garden - Printable Card for Gift Basket

Simply click on the image to download and save as a PDF.

Choose these settings: 4×6 paper size, fit to page and black and white on your printer (or colour if that’s what you prefer).

"Grow Your Own Pasta Sauce Garden" Gift Idea for the Gardener or Foodie - Tomato Plant Gift Idea

Have someone in mind who would love this tomato sauce garden kit? Maybe you want to plant a spaghetti sauce garden of your own? Be sure to pin it for later!

Plant a Tomato Sauce Garden - Gift Basket for Mother's Day, Father's Day or Any Other Spring or Summer Occasion

More Spring Plants & Flowers Projects

Some of my blogging friends are sharing their own outdoor gardening ideas. Stop by and say “hello” (we love comments and shares)!

DIY Gardening Projects for the Outdoor Extravaganza

How to Give a Basic Clay Pot a Beautiful Copper Patina Finish by The Happy Housie
Faux Succulent Bird Cage Planter by Making it in the Mountains
Tomato Sauce Garden Gift Basket by Satori Design for Living
Paint Dipped Succulent Log Planter by The DIY Mommy
Front Porch Planters by Craftberry Bush
The Best Tip for Filling Large Planters by So Much Better with Age

Be sure to come back next Thursday, May 18th to see our Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining projects. Also, mark your calendars for the Outdoor Extravaganza wrap-up link party on Friday, May 26th, where you can show us what you’ve been doing to get outdoor ready!

If you don’t want to miss any part of this outdoor series, I encourage you to subscribe to get post updates.

Enjoy your day!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. This is such a cute idea – you always are so creative! Thanks for all of your hosting and organizing, Shauna, and for inviting me along again!

  2. Shauna this is truly such a brilliant and thoughtful idea! I would LOVE to receive it as a gift!

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