At first my husband and I grew the typical basil, oregano, etc. we'd buy at the grocery store after the growing season. Then we started adding a couple of "I wonder what that bougie herb tastes like" plants for fun. It turned out to be a tasty budget living hack because I use this exact Nesco dehydrator to dry my fresh herbs and use during the rest of the year for free instead of paying a much higher price at the fancy grocery store. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)
We. Need. More!
Insert Mad Scientist laugh here: Mawhaha!
Living in a condo my vegetable gardening space is limited to my small patio. It took a bit of a think until I realized the same indoor small indoor space organizing idea can also be applied to outdoor spaces. If you can't build out, build up!
I got the ball rolling last year, when I scored this metal plant stand for 5 bucks at Goodwill last summer. Since most herbs like cilantro, dill and the like grow tall, I wasn't sure how to mange growing herbs on the second shelf and gave it a test run with the current pots last season.
tiered outdoor plant stand like this one
would have allowed me to place pots where ever I wanted on it but I
don't have the real estate to spare for it.
The plant stand worked well. I can get things to grow on the second shelf if I push the top shelf pots back a little and move the middle and bottom plants forward a little. Basically making it into a small space tiered plant stand. Also the shabby green basil planters need to go.
Finally, I planted and transplanted the new self watering herb pots in its new location on the patio.
This year we have purple basil, dill, and cilantro. Spicy oregano, what turned into a sacrifice plant that pests are eating instead of everything else, and transplanted Thai mint so I can use its large planter to grow veg. The bottom row are my husband's Tabasco and chili peppers.
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