Planting Herbs in My Garden

Beach Bungalow Time

I decided a couple months ago that I wanted to start becoming a bit more self-sufficient when it comes to food, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to grow your own herbs and vegetables.

My sister gave me a tomato plant, and that’s what inspired me to add some other items to my “garden”.

So I wrote down a list of herbs and such that are commonly used in recipes, and I chose 3 to start with. Cilantro, Basil, and Chives. And they all need full sun like the tomato, so I am putting them on the shelf I built.

I told you last week that I was having a craft night with the gal pals, and what I decided to do was paint some pots so the herbs had something cute to sit in. I think I got pots that are a bit too small, so I will probably soon go out and buy some bigger pots and paint those and replant the herbs again.

But for now, I have my herbs all planted, and I also replanted my tomato plant in a bigger pot because it was starting to get too big for the little pot it was in.

Sadly, my tomato plant isn’t doing super well right now. It started to turn yellow. After doing some research, I think there may be lack of nitrogen or too much water. It also hasn’t been super sunny here compared to usual. It also might just be because it’s fall/wintertime.

I also replanted my ficus because the soil was getting a little low. It was extremely difficult to pull the plant out of the box, and I finally resorted to unscrewing the bottom and pulling the pot off the plant instead of vice versa. The way I built the wooden planter, the soil is wider at the bottom, so because of that I couldn’t pull the plant up out of the pot. Once I got the pot off the plant, I rescrewed in the bottom, and added some extra soil at the bottom of the pot, put the plant back in, and put a bit more soil on top and on the sides. Now the soil is almost to the brim, but it will give the roots more room to grow underneath, so the plant should be growing bigger as well.

And I wanted to give you a little update on my bougainvillea (because you know how they were almost practically dead?) Well I figured out that I was watering them too much, and now that I only water them about once a month, they are growing nicely! It seems to counter-intuitive at first, but some plants just prefer dry soil for the most part.

And here are the hibiscus bushes. They are doing well too, nice and lush!

I also replanted my mini Christmas tree that we got two years ago for free when we bought our Christmas tree. So now that’s in a bigger pot and it should grow bigger now too. I think it would be really cool to use it as our Christmas tree next year, so I will have to work on growing it and planting it in bigger and bigger pots as the months go by. I forgot to take a picture of the pine, so maybe I’ll show you that another time soon.

Some other plans I have for the yard is to build something for the bougainvillea to grow up since it is a vine plant, it will start to go crazy if it doesn’t have something to wrap around.

Another thing I want to do is build some sort of fence-ish thing to keep the banana trees in check because those huge leaves are kind of taking up a lot of our walkway paths now by our cars. I have been developing a plan in my head on how I want to do it, so hopefully I’ll get to that soon.

Until next time! Keep DIYing! :)

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4 Responses to 'Planting Herbs in My Garden'

  1. Lindsey says:

    Your herbs look amazing so far! I have never had much luck growing anything… Hope you fare better! :)
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  2. Kate @ DCL says:

    how fun! love the flower pots :) We’ve talked about doing our own little “mini garden”… but i don’t think it will ever actually happen until we’re in our own place/no longer renting lol
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