I like to grow my own herbs, mostly because they last much longer growing in soil than they do wilting in my refrigerator all week. I use herbs a lot in cooking; my absolute favorites are cilantro, thyme and oregano, and it just so happens that this is the best time of year to get them going, so I decided to make a kitchen herb garden for my counter top. You can use these indoor gardens to get seeds started for transplanting outside, or to keep inside by a sunny window. I like having indoor plants that do something beside look pretty (like my collection of air plants). To make this sorbet colored kitchen garden I bought three stone colored 6" plastic pots and a matching tray for about $10. I used wide rubber-bands to divide the pots about 1/3 up, and painted them with two coats of acrylic paint (Martha Stewart: Geranium, Pink Salmon, Neon Orange). I also painted the top 2 inches of three craft sticks with each color to look dipped and wrote the name of the seeds on each before planting using the packets instructions. From across the room they look like little ice cream containers from a Wayne Thiebaud painting. Mmmm.
To enter to win your own kitchen garden, which includes a set of pots painted by yours truly, a drain tray, a set of stick markers and 3 packets of seeds, all you have to do is leave a comment below. I'll announce the winner next Friday. Good luck + happy weekend!