my beginner herb garden

beginner herb garden

I started doing some house greening last year and bought a number of house plants which I’ve been able to keep alive so far! yay me! Now that I have my house plants in order, I have decided to take it up a notch and start a beginner herb garden – it’s all in pots at the moment but it’s a garden nonetheless. Ultimately, I want to have a full on vegetable garden but I am taking it step by step till I reach Oprah levels of garden where my harvest day is goals!

How I started
I am using empty formula tins as my pots and also some plastic pots that I bought the herbs in. The soil I use is the same one that I use on my house plants – it’s potting soil that I bought at Builder’s Warehouse. The actual herbs I bought at Builder’s Warehouse and Woolworths and I got one from my mom.

beginner herb garden in pots

Herb it up
I have started off with mint (which I got from my mom’s garden), basil, thyme, lavender and coriander. Honestly, I didn’t have a criteria for choosing which herbs I planted. I just thought about which herbs I’m more likely to use in my meals. I didn’t want to plant something like parsely which I would hardly ever use. I bought almost all the herbs as seedlings except for lavender which I bought as seeds in a packet. I’ve already sowed the lavender seeds and I really hope that some of them germinate.

beginner herb garden

As far as I have read, you are meant to wait a while before harvesting the herbs but I have been vary impatient. I used to harvest almost daily to use in my meals – I’ve stopped this now and I’m giving my plants some time to grow. While I was being naughty and harvesting alomst daily, I would flavour my salads with coriander and basil, cook my pork chops with thyme and rosemary and to use mint in my G&Ts :). My beginner herb garden is bringing me so much joy, I am excited for it to grow to new heights!

checkers little garden #checkerslittlegarden

**I was in Checkers and came across their new collectibles promotion and I was so excited! It’s the Checkers little garden and they’re promoting that people grow their own plants (herbs, vegetables and flowers). I received one pack and it was leek seedlings which I have since planted. This promotion is meant to kids, but I’m getting all the way in on my daughter’s behalf :).



  1. Nosie
    April 24, 2018 / 12:38

    Wow,I never thought of plantin in tins.I like the idea since i don’t have space.

    • Lungi
      April 25, 2018 / 06:09

      … And it works so well . Thank you for the comment Nosie

  2. SSS
    April 25, 2018 / 11:18

    Love this. I feel like they would come in handy for hair and skin as well. As long as I can keep them outside the house?

    • Lungi
      April 26, 2018 / 03:31

      Yes, you can definitely keep them outside the house, that’s where mine are

  3. Naz
    June 19, 2018 / 07:40

    Hey!I was wondering how your your little Checkers plants are growing.Two batches that I repotted into my garden have died 🙁

    • Lungi
      June 19, 2018 / 10:31

      Most of mine are thriving: onion, leek, mustard and sweet alyssum. The one that didn’t so well is the English daisy.

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