A mother is the soul of a family, and my mother is a vibrant & lively soul– who beams an encouraging energy to anyone she encounters.
Gardening has always been our time to bond. A day together is never spent without these sacred moments in nature. We wake early on our off-days and share our dreams from the night before over a cup of strong coffee. We will weed, plant, dig & water until the sun drops below the magnolia trees.
This is our time to connect with each other as well as the earth– embracing the grounding energy that gardening brings us. This Mother’s day gave me an opportunity to create something to commemorate our years of grinning and green-thumbing in the garden. So, here it is! The best little portable herb garden– Mint for mojitos & tea, Sage for spiritual sessions, Oregano to spice up a green juice, and Rosemary for her signature stuffed chicken.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• 1 Wooden mason jar carrier. *You can also use a wooden box with tin cans inside to separate plants
• Garden herbs in 4″ diam. nursery pots
• 6 cups of potting soil
• A hand shovel
• A drill with smaller sized bit
To start, choose your herbs. For my mother, I went with her favorites: greek oregano, berggarten sage, rosemary, and pineapple mint. Get a nice variety, and make sure that they are herbs that are practical– that you use for cooking or healing.
Gently drill 3 small holes in each compartment of the box. If you use tin cans, drill drainage holes in the bottom of those as well.
Add two inches of potting soil to each compartment and use your shovel to press it towards the side and out of the center.
Center your herbs and be gentle on the stems as you position them in the box. Then add soil around the plants and pack down carefully to hold the herb in place.
Water your herbs with 1/4 cup of water in each compartment and allow time to drain before placing inside. During the day bring your box outside to get full sun, or keep in a well lit room. The possibilities with this DIY are endless, Keep one for yourself, present to your mum, a friend, or a new neighbor! This gift truly keeps on giving, cook, brew and heal with these green goodies!