Start an herb garden in less than 10 minutes? Yes, that’s right! While thumbing through The Garden-Fresh Cookbook — wedged alongside Chicken With Rice and Poached Chicken With Niçoise Sauce — I discovered The Easiest Garden Ever: Herbs in a Bag on page 178.
The herbs recommended are basil, chives, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage, or thyme. I couldn’t pick just one, so I chose all of them. I tend to want to try a little bit of everything, so when I found a Gourmet Herb Mixture at my local hardware store, I was ecstatic. I purchased the mix of herbs and a bag of potting soil before heading home.
Here are the easy steps to get your herbs growing: Herbs in a Bag!
1. Lay the bag of soil flat on the ground.
2. Poke a few drainage holes in the top surface.
3. Roll the bag over, then cut a few holes in the new top surface.
4. Insert herb seedlings into the holes and firm the soil around the roots.
5. Water and fertilize as you would a regular garden bed.
6. Set the bed into a wheelbarrow or child’s wagon and move it into and out of the sunlight as needed.
Now, with time, regular watering and fertilizing, and some spring sunshine, I look forward to harvesting my first herbs from this couldn’t-be-easier garden!
Did you know? You can find more herb gardening advice on this Almanac Web site, including free Herb Guides to plant and grow your common herbs, a handy Growing Guide to Herbs chart, and even Herb Lore.
Jane received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at Western Washington University where she studied Creative Writing. She now lives in the greater Seattle area, where she writes and drinks copious amounts of coffee. When she isn’t writing, cooking, gardening, or taking photos, you can find her at local shows and concerts, or running to prepare for yet another half marathon.