On a Sunny Sunday afternoon, the Little Lion and I decided to build a herb garden.
As a family we jumped in the car and took a sojourn to Deon's idea of heaven, Bunnings, where we wandered out to the garden section and took our time selecting the herbs that we'd use the most in cooking (and lost Deon in the BBQ section). I wanted Carter to have a big input as ultimately this little garden would be his, and he'd learn the names of the herbs and how to take care of them. From an early age I want him to feel that sense of ownership and take pride in watching something flourish and grow under his care... and now I just have to pray that he inherited my mum's green thumb, and not my black one!
In the end we chose Rosemary, Oregano, Pizza Thyme, Sweet Basil and Coriander. The Pizza Thyme smelt absolutely AMAZING, and I can't wait to try it on my homemade pita pizza tomorrow!
We also picked up the cutest little barrel to plant them all in, some potting mix and two pairs of gloves- pink ones (naturally) for me and a gorgeous little blue ladybug pair for Carter. They were still too big for him, but he still insisted on wearing them.
Once we'd filled our barrel with potting mix, we decided to place the Rosemary in the middle and surround it with the remaining herbs. The day was glorious and it was so good just to be outside and feel the warmth of the suns rays on our shoulders. There's just something about sunshine that fills you up with happiness and brings a glow to everything it touches.
I taught Carter to smell each herb, and of course I had to do it as well. Multiple times. We had a pot that held herbs in our last house, but unfortunately it didn't make the move so it was wonderful to have all these aromas back at our home again.
Mish the cat wandered over for a stickybeak just as we'd finished planting all five herbs. Next on the agenda was to water our little creation- something Carter was extremely enthusiastic about. A chance to play with water? Bring it on!
It's so nice to be able to wander outside and grabs a few fresh herbs whenever I need them. Some Rosemary on the roast veggies Sunday night and fresh Basil in my pasta for tea last night gave them that extra flavour punch that dried herbs just can't do. I have plans for two more buckets now- I definitely want one filled with strawberries for Summer, and another with pretty cottage flowers (to bring a bit of colour to my drought resistant garden). Looks like another trip to Bunnings is in store!