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03.21.12

The 10 minute, Happy Herb Garden

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By: Candice Kumai

How to build a ten-minute herb box!

Two years ago I packed all of my surfboards, gardening supplies and the sunny, good-life of Southern California away in hopes of  a much more career-oriented life in the concrete jungle of NYC. As my cookbook Pretty Delicious took me to new places I could only imagine, I came to NYC to pursue the dream of becoming a successful cookbook author/food writer… and maybe it’s manifesting it’s way to a reality?

With no access to a garden near my place in Midtown and a daily need for fresh herbs while cooking, recipe testing + food writing, I decided to turn to my windowsill and a ten minute herb box for all of my fresh herb needs! It’s as easy and a dump and stir recipe, except this recipe will only take you a delightful ten minutes! I think you will find it as gratifying as I do as well as –simple to maintain, extremely convenient and a delightful, green piece of décor to warm your kitchen as well! That’s what being fabulous is all about, sister.

#1 Supplies

– Seeds – Basil,  cilantro, mint, tarragon, oregano, sage rosemary, any herbs of your choice!

$1.00- $1.59 each

-Organic Choice Potting Mix/Soil

$ 4.28

Clay Pots/ Rectangular Pot

$10.00 -$12.00

Watering Tray – Grab an old plate, some sturdy foil or an old foil to-go box to save that excess water and re-use your everyday household items into new!

 

# 2 Assembly Process

1-   Place the organic potting soil into your pots of choice. Make sure to always use organic soil when planting any fruits, vegetables, herbs, any edibles; the chemical pesticides in some potting soils may be harmful  to your health. Keep the soil  slightly loose and fill approx ¾ of the way up.

2-   Sow each seed about 1” down and ¼” apart from one another, this prevents the roots from tangling as well.

3-   Follow each seed packet’s instructions as different herbs require different care.

4-   Water as needed, but never over-water, as this will kill your beautiful new herb garden from root-rott. Remember to use the rule of thumb! Place your thumb ½ “ into the soil and if it feels dry, then watering is needed. If moist, leave the herbs be as they will flourish with the proper amount of sunlight and herbs!

5-   Watch your sprouts and herbs begin to grow! Within a few weeks you should begin to see growth and remember to maintain proper water and sunlight for the duration of  the growth period!

Time : Approx 10 minutes! From start to finish!

Frugal and Fab!

This project will cost you approx $20.00 or less! You will save with the $1.00 seeds, and reusing a foil tray or an old plate as a drip/water tray. It will give you and your family months of enjoyment and fresh herbs in your own home every day!

Herbs:

I highly recommend planting easy to grow and maintain herbs for this kind of project. Herbs that easily flourish indoors and require minimal effort

Cilantro

Mint

Basil

Chives

Thyme

Tarragon

Sage

Parsley

Herb-loving recipes from Pretty Delicious!

-Pan Seared Scallops with Skinny Pesto Fettuccine  — Basil

– Watermelon Feta Basil salad with Balsamic Reduction — Basil

– Fresh Fuji Apple Crab cakes—cilantro

– Quinoa and Crab Stuffed Red Peppers—basil

– Lox on Pumpernickel – chives, dill

Enjoy, my fabulous friends! Remember this also makes a SWEET gift for any friend. Proving you DON’T have to deny yourself fresh herbs or an herb garden just because you live in a concrete jungle! xx♥ck

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