I've spent several years amending the soil here but it really isn't much better than it was when I started. I was hoping that at least herbs - many of which like poor, dry soils and hot temperatures - would thrive, but the few herbs that have survived the summer in my garden have never survived the winter.
So this year I have both my vegetable garden and my new container herb garden. The area in the vegetable garden where I was trying to grow herbs will be used for vegetables this year, giving me more space there.
Remember this is only in the beginning stages, with seeds that haven't yet grown, so please imagine what it will be in a few weeks, instead of what it is now.
Cracker remembered that he likes to dig in soft dirt to make a nice cool hole to nap in, so I changed my plans to include bricks. These bricks are from the floor of hubby's workshop in the barn; we rescued them after the barn fire and I think they look pretty neat with all the various colors. So much more interesting than just red bricks.
That wooden bear is nearly 25 years old and is showing its age, but like the bricks, it has character.
A shelf made from old lumber gives me room for more pots. It's been an excellent place to harden off seedlings.
There is room for expansion on either side in the future - and I do plan to expand. "Kitchen gardens" are supposed to be near the kitchen, so that you can step outside with a pair of scissors or a knife to cut a few sprigs of herbs you need to make dinner. This garden is much closer to the house than the regular garden.
You might also enjoy:
The New Herb Garden
The Herb Garden in June
The Herb Garden in July
The Herb Garden in August
The Herb Garden in Late September
Ten Ways to Use Basil
How to Dry Homegrown Herbs
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a