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Weekending And An Herb Garden

July 15, 2013

We enjoyed every ounce of hot sunny summer-ness this weekend. We spent all day on Saturday boating, tubing, paddleboarding, and eating with lovely friends in the general Annapolis vicinity on some small delightful lake. 

I have sunburns to prove how sunny and wonderful the whole day was. It was one of those fun gatherings of intelligent happy people in which all sorts of random important information comes to light in the midst of vigorous debates, such as the best methods for eating watermelon and how a tomato should be diced for the perfect salsa.


We concluded our Weekending by planting my new baby herbs in their little chalk-painted pots. This DIY project has been basically consuming my consciousness for a week, so I think Mark and I were both relieved to have it completed.


It was so easy and gratifying and now I have Cinnamon Basil, Oregano, and Curled Parsley to toss into every dish. Even someone who can't garden, like me, can grow herbs (supposedly).

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Potted Herb Garden


3 small herb plants (from your local gardening store or Home Depot

3 small terra-cotta pots

Chalk spray-paint (You can be really creative and pick a bright shade of chalk-paint)

A sheet 

Some extra soil

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Spread the sheet ouside on a lawn or dirt area. Ensure that the three pots are reasonably clean and then place them upside down a foot or two apart on the sheet. Using the spray paint as directed, coat the pots with one layer of spray paint. Allow them to dry for an hour or so. Turn them over so that they are right-side up and coat inside and out with another layer of paint.

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Allow the pots to dry for another hour and then move them to a dry, safe place. Allow them to dry for another 24 hours. Place a 1/4 cup of soil on the bottom of each pot and then place the herbs in their respective pots. Fill the remaining space in the pots with soil and water thoroughly. Chalk the names of the herbs on to the pots for a delightful final touch.


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