Let’s get growing!

our herb garden

Last year I started my first little garden in our backyard. You can see the progress here here and here!  We had tomatoes in this trough last year, so when I read that you aren’t supposed to plant tomatoes in the same place the following year I decided to make this section into an herb garden. I am pretty excited about it. I have big plans for the rest of the yard because it’s totally easy for me to go overboard on this stuff. It’s soo gratifying to grow your own veggies & herbs and I want to plant MORE AND MORE!

Here’s an overview of what’s in the trough that we got a few years ago at a Feed store in Half Moon Bay.

I separated the sweet basil a few days ago because Iwas totally overcrowding it!

spaced them further apart. thanks leedav!

I am also growing some arugula, dill, cilantro, purple basil and a few wildflowers from seed in there.


To the right, I have a little container of oregano growing. My neighbor gave me some of her cuttings!


To the left of the trough, I bought some metal containers at IKEA, drilled holes in the bottoms and planted:

I had the strawberries in another section of the yard, but they got fried in the sun on the first day!


There’s also some flat leaf parsley & chives in this area. The spacing could be better but whatever. I’m lazy.

parsley and chives

We have a huge bed waiting to be filled with tomato & pepper plants, but a tree has to be removed before we can proceed. Hopefully that will happen soon, as I am anxious to get more stuff planted!!! Wish me luck!

  • Lana

    omg. I hear you! I just spent an hour digging out a little patch big enough for two squash plants and it was full of rocks! I’m running out of space!

    • Tracy

      We had to dig out a huge tree stump last week…took about 2 hours but it was soo worth it!!! Are you loving your backyard???

  • heather

    i love that idea! ingenious. how much did all the metal containers — small and large — cost you? best wishes for a bounty of herbs.



  • Felicity

    Your garden looks fabulous, i’m drooling!!

  • Elsa

    Wow! All your plants look so healthy! I have a thai basil and a sweet basil and they’re a bit limp 🙁 Do you think it’s because of the lack of sun where I put them?

  • Erin K

    Woohoo! I JUST came from outside from planting all my container herbs too! All the same ones as you includ. fennel, dill, chives, parsley, thai basil, marjoram, mint, and other assort. ones i can’t even remember! and speaking of expanding , its so easy to do! I promised myself I wasn’t going ot add MORE pots this year, but low and behold, I just spent another $150 on pots and soil today, OOPS!! haha… It’s so fun isn’t it?? I love watching your blog with your garden!

    • Tracy

      wow erin! that’s a loot you have growing there! YUM! I’m happy to know I’m not the only person who gets a little overboard too 😉

  • Dana

    I’m amazed. I wish I was a gardener but I have come to terms with the fact that I am just not. The guy who did our landscaping planted a bunch of herbs and I have LOVED having them just outside my front door. We have tons of sage (mostly for looks), mint, a couple different kinds of thyme, oregano, and chives. Oh! and rosemary that seems constantly on the edge of dying. I only wish we had cilantro since I use that more than any other herb, but apparently it doesn’t grow well in our climate. Happy growing! (And good luck with the sitter search. Graduate students are usually a good way to go. A little more expensive but a lot more responsible.)

  • Eileen

    My 2 year old and I are doing a container garden this year as well. I teeny tiny one to see if we can pull it off. Yours looks sooooo much better. I may have to steal that idea for next year. Good luck!

  • tiina

    Looks wonderful! I’m planning to have a little herb garden on the balcony too. We just need to wait a few more weeks before being able to plant them in the container outside. The nights are still chilly. I love arugula and basil, so there will be plenty of them! I really like the look of your tin containers!

  • Jessica

    I planted some basil and cilantro a few weeks ago and they seem to be doing well so far. My house came with two rosemary bushes, so I’m all set on that. Tonight I hope to finish my planting. I’ve got a strawberry, a squash, a tomato and a pepper plant to get in the dirt. Good luck with your gardening!

  • Rocio

    Aww… so jealous! I WISH I had an outdoor area for planting things 🙁
    Any recommendations from anyone on doing so indoors? Our apartment has no southern facing late + no balcony or other outdoor space. Sounds depressing written here haha its not though! I’ve tried growing a few things like mint & oregano on my window sill but they seem about ready to die…

  • Shannalee

    This is completely fantastic.

  • Kristi

    It looks great, I love your set up.

  • Jessie

    We just planted our first herb “garden” (more like two pots filled with herbs) and I love it! It makes me so happy to see them peeking out of the soil. Now, it’s just a matter of figuring what goes with what. I’ve done some research but I’ll be checking out your blog to see what you have in store for them!!!

  • Jenn

    I’m so jealous looking at this beautiful set up you have. My boyfriend and i decided a few weeks ago that we were going to add some greenery to our little apartment, and finally bought the seeds and such a few days ago. After seeing this I’m even more excited to get planting. So far I’ve only had time to plant my shamrocks (can already see sprouts, soo satisfying), but you’ve inspired me to MAKE more time. Up next sweet basil and whatever i can get my hands on. The balcony just seems too small to me now. 🙂

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