A container herb garden is a busy girl’s best friend

June 21, 2011

Gardening couldn’t be more hip than it is right now. First Lady Michelle Obama has made it uber-stylish to have organic dirt under well-manicured fingernails. But let’s face it, girls. Mrs. Obama has that cutie patootie Sam Kass to oversee The White House Garden because she is a busy woman.

If your work and social schedule rival the First Lady’s, don’t throw in the trowel just yet. If you cook regularly, a container herb garden can be your best friend.

Here’s why.

1. Minimal dirt will get under those manicured nails. Sure you don’t mind a little dirt under your nails now and then, but when you’re crunched for time, getting that dirt out can be a huge hassle. Container gardening requires very little dirt under your nails once you’ve done initial planting. Pulling a stray weed from a small container and watering is mess-free.

2. You’ll be eating healthier. Not only will the fresh herbs provide you with the amazing nutrition that only just picked food has, you’ll be cooking new dishes, too. You’re going to get curious about what else you can do with all those fresh chives besides put them in scrambled eggs and search online for recipes that include chives. You’ll come up with something like Gourmet’s Summer Vegetable Succotash and decide you need to try this healthy side dish.

3. Growing herbs is a time saver. If you’ve ever gone to make your world-famous Alfredo sauce and found the parsley in fridge a bit slimy, you’ll understand how much of a time saver having ready-to-snip herbs are. You won’t need to make a special trip just to buy one ingredient.

4. It’s a money saver, too. Fresh herbs can be expensive, and you usually have to buy them in quantities that are larger than you need. For about the same price of one bunch of basil at the store, you can buy an established basil plant. The next time you need a few leaves of basil to throw on your Caprese Salad, you won’t have to spend an extra dime.

5. The bragging rights can’t be beat. If you’re serving that Caprese Salad to your BFF’s, how impressed will they be when you say, “I grew the basil in my garden. I snipped it off right before you got here.” Your culinary genius level will increase a notch or two in your friends’ eyes.

Love to see a photo of your herb garden so post it on my Facebook page!