Today we are upping our foodie game in the best way. Earlier this summer, we went to Sonoma to visit the gorgeous grounds of the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Garden. The trip was nothing short of magical and one of the major highlights was visiting the properties Culinary Garden. It was gorgeous, beautiful, and totally got us in the mood to try out green thumb out at home.
Now, as much as I would love to live on acres of land perfect for farming, we live in a high-rise in the middle of downtown Chicago, so my gardening options are pretty slim. But I am not letting geography get the best of me, hence DIY herb gardens! They are simple, easy to maintain, and totally customizable depending on your lighting, climate, and palette. Best part? We’re giving you your first home-grown dinner recipe straight from your (soon to be planted) garden! So, first things first, you need to plot out the perfect spot. If you’ve got good, consistent light from a window, I recommend getting a long herb box that fits on your sill. If not, terra-cotta pots are the way to go. They are easier to move around and chase the light, plus, if you don’t have luck with a particular herb, nothing major is wasted.
If you ask me, terra-cotta is the way to go. They are great for herbs because the porosity of the clay allows air and moisture to get in, while absorbing excess moisture. It’s a win, win! Plus, they are a beautiful really pretty color 😉
Next steps are a total breeze! Grab some dirt, a dish to place under your pot (this catches the excess water & allows the herb to drink more when it’s thirsty), and go gangbusters with your herbs!
Find your favorites and try something new. We recommend basil and rosemary – two tried & true herbs that won’t steer you wrong and they are super versatile. As your wild card, grab some lemon verbena. It’s fragrant, it’s divine, and it just so happens to pair perfectly with basil in our homemade pesto!
As far as planting goes, it’s best to follow the instructions on the back of your herb packet. Typically, you will fill your container two-thirds up with good, rich dirt. Then you will sprinkle the seeds in, making sure to evenly space the herbs and not over-crowd the container. From there, sprinkle some dirt on top to cover the seeds and VOILA! Your culinary garden is off to a great start!
So, re-cap so far:
- Decide to amp up your foodie game
- Run to your local gardening store and grab some terra-cotta pots
- Find the herb aisle and go nuts!
Read all about how to harvest your herbs and how to make this delicious Lemon Verbena & Basil Pesto dish after the jump! Happy planting!
Brought to you in partnership with Kendall-Jackson Wines
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kendall-Jackson. The opinions and text are all mine.