Turn Your Entryway Planters into Edible Gardens

Herb PlanterPlanters make a great addition to the entryway of your home by adding lots of color and texture. Most of us use a variety of flowering plants exclusively in these containers, but the addition of fresh herbs can do more than just provide color and texture. They have the added benefit of being a flavorful supplement to many of the recipes we enjoy during the warm summer months. By using herbs in your planters, it eliminates the hassle of cultivating a garden and makes the herbs more accessible to the kitchen. You can place them on a patio, deck, balcony or any place that needs a little color.

It is really simple to get started. Just make a list of your favorite herbs and purchase small starter plants that you can incorporate along with some of your favorite annuals in large pots. Be sure to select a variety of plants with height, color and texture in mind as well. Add a little sun, plenty of water and sit back and wait to begin harvesting the fruits of your labor.

Have more fresh herbs than you can handle?

  • Tender cut herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil, dill and tarragon can be placed in a tall container with enough water to cover the stems, covered loosely with a plastic bag and stored on the top shelf of the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • Hardy fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary and sage will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks if the stems are wrapped in a damp paper towel and placed in a plastic bag.
  • Fresh herbs also dry well. They can be spread on a cooling rack or mesh screen and left in a dry, well-ventilated area until crumbly. Store the dried herbs in airtight containers and save to use during the winter months.

When substituting fresh herbs for dried ones in a recipe, a simple rule of thumb is to use three times more fresh than dried. We offer several recipes that use fresh herbs in ways you may not have thought of before to get you started. Fresh herbs are an easy way to add character to anything you make, and when you've grown them yourself, they become even more special.

Featured Recipes

Herb Butter
Refrigerator Strawberry Jam
Herb Vinegar

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