It’s no secret that I REALLY dislike winter so to wish it away even faster (it hasn’t even officially started yet – we are still in Autumn) , I sat down and redesigned my herb garden for in our courtyard area, so by the time Spring shows it’s beautiful face, I will be ready to rock and roll. We have a designated triangular area which is pretty bare at the moment except for a ever thriving bay tree which is smack bang in the middle. In hindsight, it was probably not the best place to plant it.
The only “open” piece of the triangle is the bottom, both sides are walls so no moving the herb garden to a better position; only remedy is to keep the herbs in pots and move them around.
I have tried to work around companion planting, perennial versus annual herbs and which plants want a little less sunlight and below is a rough sketch of what I have in mind.
The strawberries, mint and baby tomatoes are in their own terracotta pots which stand separate to the herb garden.
What do you think?
I’m with you. I absolutely hate winter. Do you have a mild one in South Africa? It’s meant to be mild in Sydney but it’s so much colder than that. I love the look of your herb garden. I really must plant one myself. I have a few things but certainly not enough. Looking forward to seeing how it survives the winter xx
“They” say we have a mild winter but I don’t think they know what they are talking about! It gets seriously cold! Possibly it’s mild compared to say the UK but that’s about it. Have a super weekend ahead Charlie. 🙂 xo
Now that’s certainly something to look forward to, Mandy! Hopefully winter won’t be too ominous! xx
I’m hoping so Celia. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo
So well planned! Love it! I’m not looking forward to winter either, to tell you the truth ; (
Thanks Lizzy. Here’s to us enjoying a mild and short winter. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo
I think you are going to enjoy many delicious dishes with these fine fresh herbs — nothing better to open the senses and bring the best out in all other food. 🙂
Hi Judy. I am looking forward to having fresh herbs in the garden again. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
Ahhhhh, so perfect Mandy. I’m sorry you’re heading in to your least favorite season….especially since we finally have spring. I’m planting the garden this weekend, and I will be thinking of you when I tackle the outdoor herb garden 🙂
How lovely that you will be planting your garden this weekend Sarah. I look forward to seeing how it comes together. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
I think I’m jealous. You’re so organized. I’ve got an area that I plant everything from bulbs, peonies, herbs & whatever else ends up in my hands from the garden center. Looks like a good idea to keep the mint on its own in a pot since I think that can really get away from you, sort of like the chives that I never even knew I had that have taken over everywhere. I love the idea of keeping things in pots & being able to move them around…smart lady you are.
I must say, I do like to be organised – doesn’t always work that way but at least I have a plan in my head. I will take some pics once I have planted or potted everything. Mint is definitely one to keep in a pot – I’ve previously had mint take over an entire bed! Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
I love how you planned out your garden. I wish I could grow straberries. There just my favorite fruit.
I’m sure you get get strawberries to grow indoor too Kay – just so long as they have enough warmth and sunlight. You should give it a try. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo
Great Post – thanks for sharing! Happy Thursday:)
Happy Friday to you Renee – have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo
I would love to build a herb garden too. So far I just have a few very basic herb plants….not even sure they will all survive.
I’m sure your plants will survive Angie. I love my herbs and cannot be without them. Fresh are so much nicer than dried. Have a happy weekend. 🙂 xo
Winter cannot pass fast enough my friend I look forward to seeing your herb garden for real 🙂
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Winter gets in the way of us having fun CCU so here’s hoping it is a short and mild one. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo
You are so organized! And what a great way to think warm thoughts. I’m with you about winter. I’m just waiting for ours to officially be over. I think we’re finally getting there.
I get quite jealous when you guys go into summer and we go into winter Kristy, although I think our winter is quite milder than yours. Hope your weather warms soon. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂 xo
I Love it!
Where are you located. I am in Coffs Harbour and some plants do better in winter than summer for me.
I can’t wait to see the garden when you plant it.
I’m in the Eastern Cape in South Africa and we have all year around rain with a so called “mild” winter but I think it is very cold. With my herb garden being in a fixed position, I thought pots would be a good idea to move the plants with the moving seasonal sun. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo
I think its a wonderful idea – to have a bed just for herbs, I’ll look forward to seeing how it grows in Spring
Thanks Claire – was out there again this morning with my sketch. 😀 Have a beautiful week ahead. 🙂 xo
I’m pretty impressed with your planning. I hate winter too and some people were surprised that I got through a British one without too much complaining. The secret? Well, apart from wine it was the lure of central heating! In Spain we have to haul firewood and light fires which is lovely but not all the time…
Thanks Tanya! Right, so I have half of winter sorted, I have the wine, although doubt I will be able to get central heating – guess I will just have to get more wine! Have a beautiful week ahead. 🙂 xo
Looks marvelous. And it makes me miss my sweet little bay tree from Washington! Maybe when R and I retire back there I’ll have another . . . in the meantime I’ll enjoy yours vicariously. 🙂 xo
Oh how I wish I could send you some fresh bay leaves Kathryn – I honestly have enough for everybody plus a few spare. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
Wow that is quite the plan and I was just starting to feel excited that I actually put a couple of seeds in a pot to grow Thai basil and they are spouting. Okay it was a big milestone for me…
Yay for your basil Bam! Well done. It is all hit and miss with me too. Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xo
I cannot see the diagram very well on my tablet. Plant tomatoes near the basil and celery near the lettuce. Have fun!
I should have tried to get the image a little clearer – will make up for it with a few pics of the real herb garden. Have a super week ahead. 🙂 xo
I love winter in Dubai! Looking forward to seeing pics of your herb garden when it’s planted.
I used to love winter in Mauritius! I was looking at the “patch” this morning and noted it needed a wee bit of attention before I get started – weeds seem to pop up literally overnight! Have a super day Sally. 🙂 xo
I love your organisation skills here! Hope you get a bumper crop 😉
Hi Lisa, thanks very much! Hope it all works the way I have planned. Have a super day. 🙂
have a great weekend for you my friend..
i really curious for the real garden photograph….
Hi Dedy, thanks so much! I hope it all works according to plan. I will take some photos just as soon as I can. Have a lovely week ahead. 🙂
I hope I can grow herbs, I am really bad in growing plants. I tried it before and never a success.
Herbs seem to be quite self sufficient Raymund so I am sure you could make a success. Have a lovely day. 🙂
I love moussaka especially version which have a delicious thick creamy layer on top like yours does. It looks so good! Have fun away xx
Thanks so much for such a lovely compliment. Have a beautiful day. 🙂