Who gets frustrated every time they spend money on herbs at the grocery store and see them wilt a week later? One fond memory I have of my grand-maman Annette’s apartment in Québec city was her indoor herb garden. My sister and I used to pick at her ciboulette (chives) when she was cooking.Herbs really have it all: enticing aroma, distinctive flavors, vivid green color and remarkable health benefits. They also add some farmhouse flair to your kitchen.
An indoor herb garden has been on my to-do-list for a very long time. When I spotted this basket for $5.00 on Craigslist, I knew exactly what I would use it for.I started by applying some white milk paint with a stencil brush all over the basket to give it more of an antique french look.
I grabbed four terracotta pots that were sitting on my potting bench and I painted them with a color called ‘Driftwood’ from the Old Fashioned Milk Paint line.Terracotta is very porous so I would suggest you to use a sealant if you want the paint color to last more than a week. I chose a non-toxic product called ‘Earth Safe Finishes Sealer’ that I applied to the inside of the pots.
Now, let’s have fun planting! I picked four of my favorite herbs: dill, lemon thyme, basil and cilantro.
I also put three other herbs in small ironstone cups on my kitchen table. I completed my indoor herb garden project by painting plant markers with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint color called ‘Typewriter’. I also stamped the markers with french herb names: aneth (dill), thym (thyme), basilic (basil), coriandre (cilantro). Finally, I sealed each plant marker with hemp oil. Voilà! My new indoor herb garden awaiting to enhance my favorite dishes!
I hope to keep those herbs thriving indoors for a long time and I would love to hear some tips from you.
Greetings from Kingsbury Brook Farm!