Hello friends, I am so happy to be joining you again this week. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Alicia and I blog over at A Burst of Beautiful.
We have been so lucky to be enjoying the most beautiful, summer-like weather lately. It’s been blue skies and sunshine as far as the eye can see, and we have been basking in every minute of it.
Now that we are spending more and more time outdoors we have really been able to take on our newest adventure – gardening!
I don’t have much of a green thumb, I have a really hard time keeping even the hardiest of houseplants alive. But this year my husband and I decided to build our own DIY raised square foot garden.
Planning, building and planting a vegetable garden is a lot of work, but it is a project we really hoped to tackle this season. It is important to us to use healthy, local ingredients in the meals we prepare (Nick is a terrific cook and we hope you’ll try out some of our favorite recipes!) and it really puts my mind at ease knowing exactly where our food is coming from.
Not to mention it has been so wonderful teaching our little one about growing and harvesting our own vegetables. Every morning and evening we spend time in our garden, watering the plants and talking about which veggies are growing the fastest and which ones we can’t want to eat. It is now one of my favorite rituals.
I understand that not everyone has the space or means to build their own vegetable garden, but that doesn’t mean that you can enjoy gardening.
A lot of people love container gardening. Simply plant a few of your favorite flowers, vegetables or herbs in pots around your patio and you can still enjoy beautiful, fragrant flowers and fresh produce all summer long.
And even though we have a large vegetable garden I still love to keep fresh herbs in our home. It’s so convenient to step into our dining room to snip a few sprigs of oregano or thyme as we prepare dinner. Not to mention, a few potted herbs make the prettiest little centerpiece.
To make it even more convenient I made these simple DIY Herb Markers. They were inexpensive and easy to create, and I think they add just a little something extra. Don’t you?
DIY Herb Markers
- Dry Cedar Shims (you can pick these up at your local hardware store)
- Carbon paper
- Ultra fine permanent marker
I prepared an easy to use template to fit the cedar shims, but if you have a steady hand you can hand lettered the shims
- Print the herb template and cut out each rectangle
- Place the carbon paper and one template on top of the shim and trace the herb name with a marker
- Remove the carbon paper and template and using a fine tip permanent marker carefully trace the letters on the shim
That’s all there is to it! I hope you enjoy this simple gardening project and I hope it has inspired you to grow your own garden this summer, whether it’s a big vegetable garden or a few potted plants or herbs.
Have a beautiful day!