With gas prices skyrocketing , I'm willing to cut back on luxuries but I won't compromise the quality of food that comes out of my kitchen! I love using fresh herbs and each time I have a glass of ice tea at Shirley Ray's house, she always throws in fresh mint. So, I thought I'd ask her for a little education in regards to planting a mobile herb garden. Recently I showed up with a clay pot and a few herbs and my lesson began. She took me step by step through the process .
Herb gardens have few limitations. They can be planted in the ground , a clay pot or any kind of a wire basket. They can live by a kitchen window, a back yard or an apartment balcony. Shirley begins by lining the basket with her favorite landscape fabric, WeedFree Pro. This allows water through but keeps roots inside the container.
On this particular afternoon, she put together a couple of herb gardens. I thought this aged bicycle basket was a perfect place for a mobile garden as well as the traditional clay pot I brought with me.
With numerous choices of herbs to choose from we started off with basil, rosemary and mint. She keeps several kinds of mint in her garden like pineapple mint, chocolate mint and spearmint. She planted multiple herbs in each garden, but left sufficient room for each to grow and spread.
Fennel has a long droopy leaf and she planted it in the bicycle basket by the outside edge, giving it room to fall over the basket. She doesn't really cook with fennel but she informed me that caterpillars are attracted to it and by planting fennel she'll also have butterflies in her garden.
This is called the Butterfly Bush, a member of the lilac family.Its rich nectar attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects.
Shirley plants lavender in her garden just because she loves the fragrance. In fact, a small pouch of dried lavender tucked inside your pillowcase is supposed to help you sleep.
While she's not picky about her gloves, she is particular about the soil she uses and she pampers her plants with
Shirley Ray: personal style-Texas casual
I'm inspired by memories of my grandmother's garden. Every time I walked into her backyard, it was wall to wall flowers.
Shirley is also the founder of Shirley's Creative Solutions. She is a caterer, event planner, provides services as a personal assistant and whips up unique hand made gifts.