If you are looking for the perfect way to bring an element of summer into your kitchen all year, consider planting a kitchen herb garden. Not only will an herb garden serve to ornament your newly refinished countertops nicely, but it is also a useful (and edible) addition to your kitchen. After all, most people will agree that fresh herbs emit more scent and flavor than their dried counterparts.
To begin, you will want to find an ideal location. This will involve any place that receives approximately 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. In addition, you may want to consider your ease of access to the herbs (accessibility is everything in the kitchen) as well as the location where they will best decorate the space.
Once you have decided on your location, it is time to pick your planters. Depending on the space available, your options for planters will vary greatly. Keep in mind, however, one of the best ways to really make your kitchen pop is through the use of powerful accent colors. If you have a white kitchen, consider using something bright like yellow or orange for a color burst, or go with black to gain contrast. If your kitchen is dark, seek a pastel to break up the darkness of your countertops.
While at the store buying planters, don’t forget to pick up planting soil as well as the herb seeds you most often use when you cook. For maximum versatility, we would recommend basil, chives, cilantro, lavender, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, or thyme. These herbs are some of the most commonly used and go nicely with a wide variety of dishes.
Now you are ready to plant your mini kitchen garden. If you are unsure how to plant your herbs, read the directions on the seed packet, talk to a gardener, or find information on each individual herb online. If you wish to provide accent to your herb garden, you may also consider adding a few flowering plants around the outside (if using a larger pot) or in separate smaller pots throughout your kitchen.
Remember, it is important to make sure that your kitchen herbs receive plenty of water and sunlight, but if you keep up with their maintenance and care, you will soon have fully matured plants to harvest as you cook.