Spring Dreaming: DIY Herb Garden Ideas

Well, even though spring is eluding us in my part of the world (it snowed AGAIN yesterday!!!), I am starting to think of what I’m going to plant in my garden this year.  We don’t have a huge space at all so we typically plant flowers in our garden space and then a variety of potted things on our deck.  One thing I always love having is a herb garden! It’s so nice to be able to clip some fresh herbs instead of having to buy them at the grocery store.  I have rounded up some great ideas for herb gardens that could be done yourself.  I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration for your own space!


Very easy idea!  Just plant your herbs in typical hanging baskets.  Source.


Love how neat this is!!  Each herb has it’s own little area and these planter boxes would be pretty easy to make.  This would be a great option if you use a lot of different types of herbs.  Or you could also do a mix of herbs and flowers.  Source.


Isn’t this one amazing?? It’s so neat and tidy, I love it!  Unfortunately I don’t have the space to do this type of a thing but what a great idea.  Pots have just been sunken into the soil.  Love it.  Source.


This is one of my favourites!!  How adorable are these little jars along with the herb names??  This is a great option if you just need a little sampling of herbs.  It could easily be attached to a portion of your deck.  Source.


This idea is very clever!  The herbs are planted in a shoe organizer!  I think this looks so cute.  I’m just not sure how the shoe organizer would stand up to watering and the elements.  But I’m sure if you bought one in a durable fabric it would be fine.  Source.


Ahhh this one is so lovely!  These baskets and bags are so beautiful and the herbs inside make it look so earthy.  They have also put old luggage ties on to mark which herbs are in which basket.  This is a BEAUTIFUL idea.  Source.


This is also a really cute idea.  I like the consistency with the simple metal pots.  This would work great on a small deck.  Source.


Lastly, this idea is shown with plants but you could easily do the same with herbs.  The planters have just been attached to a fence which would be quite easy to do.  Then you can spice up the look by painting your pots!  Source.

Hopefully I will be able to get out and buy some plants soon!  I went to a greenhouse yesterday just to get in the spirit!  Do any of you guys have any neat ideas for organizing your herb gardens?

Green Goodness: Spinach and Cucumber Cubes

Hey everyone!  I’m back with another juicing endeavour – making spinach and cucumber ice cubes!  I’m always looking for ways to get more greens into my diet.  I often find it hard to get enough in especially since I’m not a huge salad fan (unless the salad is full of other more substantial ingredients like beans, eggs, chicken, etc.).  I have been religiously making smoothies for breakfast since I was a kid (seriously!) and am always trying to find ways to pump up its nutritional value.  Soooo I recently started juicing spinach and cucumber, pouring the juice into ice cube trays, freezing it, and popping the very concentrated greens into my morning smoothies!  Here’s the rundown:

  • For one very full ice cube tray, I juice two large containers of organic spinach as well as one medium sized cucumber.


  • Next I wash all the spinach and the cucumber.  Even though the package says it has been prewashed, I never trust it.  


  • JUICE!  Start with the spinach and then do the cucumber last.  You will get a SUPER dark green, concentrated juice.


  • Now it’s time to pour the juice into the ice cube tray.  It will be really full but it’s fine once frozen.  I have a really great ice cube tray that also has a lid.  But before I had that, I would just cover my regular tray with plastic wrap to freeze.


  • Once frozen, you can break up the cubes and freeze in Ziploc bag or in a container. Then the cubes are ready to pop into your smoothies!  


I find the taste of the spinach to be best disguised in berry based smoothies.  It seems to blend well with berries and also doesn’t make the smoothie an unsavory colour!  I asked a dietician if I was getting the same benefits of the spinach in the juiced form as I would from putting whole leaves in.  She said I would get all the same benefits, minus the fibre.  I get plenty of fibre from other sources so I was happy to hear this!

Do any of you have any tricks to getting more greens into your diet?

Freshly Squeezed: Beet, Carrot, Celery and Apple Juice

My husband and I were married last September and much to my great pleasure, we received a juicer as a gift!  I had been pining after this Breville model for a couple years and was so excited to finally have it in my kitchen!  I find this juicer to be quite easy to clean and is also very efficient at extracting juice.

I have experimented quite a bit with making different juices.  I find fresh juices pack a huge nutritional punch and are also a great way to use up fruits and veggies.  One of my favorite juices is this one I recently made which includes beets, carrots, celery and apple.  Here is what you need for one large glass of juice:

  • 2 beets, peeled
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 apple (I like McIntosh but also find Gala to be a great alternative)


I chop the pieces of veggies and fruits into large chunks to make it easier for juicing.  I have also read that it is most effective to juice with the softer produce first, and juicing the harder produce last.  I assume this is because the softer produce moves through the mesh and blade easier than the harder produce, keeping the mesh as clear as possible while you juice.  So for this juice, I go in the order of apple, celery, carrots, beets.


Voila!  A deeply hued, delicious, vitamin-packed juice that you can feel great about drinking!


I always consume my juice right after I make it to get it in its freshest state.  Do any of you like to juice?  What are your favorite combos?