You’ve probably seen the living organic herbs that are now sold in the grocery store as an alternative to cut herbs. Where we shop, the living herbs are usually a better price than the cut versions. But I’ve always felt guilty just using up what I needed and then throwing the rest away – soil, roots, and all. So I decided to see if I could get them to grow, re-potted of course, in my kitchen.
I started with basil and rosemary – two herbs that I know we will use should the plants flourish. I already had two terracotta pots just collecting dust and taking up space in the house (they previously were home to plants that have passed on – so sad – and were painted to fit with the decor of an old apartment). I saw this as the perfect opportunity to remake them into something more useful.
Here is what I started with:
We had a partially-used can of chalkboard spray paint left over from wedding projects, so I taped up the areas on the pots that I didn’t want to paint, and set to work on applying several coats of the chalkboard paint. I think I ended up doing 3 coats in total. Because it’s so warm down here, I was able to do all 3 on a Saturday afternoon.
Once that part was dry, I peeled back the tape and applied 2 coats of Martha Stewart acrylic craft paint in Arrowhead. Those were dry by the end of the next day, and I set about planting my herbs. First I put a handful of stones in the bottom to make sure the dirt doesn’t run out every time I water them. Then I loosened the roots, added a few handfuls of potting soil, and inserted the plants. I gave them a good watering – until it started to drain out of the bottom – and then used my white chalk to label the pots (though I should hope that I know the difference between basil and rosemary without having to read it!).
I like the rosemary pot better with the chalkboard paint just at the top. But I did the basil pot first so there was no way to know that then. Maybe I’ll go back and re-do basil at some point, but for now it’s a project completed.
Also, the gray acrylic paint bubbled in two places on the basil pot – you can probably see it. I noticed that the day after I completed the project. Anyone have any idea as to why it did that? Maybe it’s a good excuse to re-do it anyway. Either way, it’s a quick and easy project for a weekend and a great way to start your own herb garden right on the kitchen counter.
Total Cost = $10.48
- Rosemary & Basil fresh herbs from local grocery store – $3.99 X 2 = $7.98
- Chalkboard paint (already owned) – $0
- Gray craft paint from Michael’s – $1.50
- Sponge brush from Michael’s – $1.00