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Plant A Garden For Earth Day

Earth Day is here and what better time than now to start a garden? I really wanted to plant some veggies and herbs and fruit for my family to use when we cook, but the thought of all the work is daunting. I have to admit, I’m the laziest and most cluless gardener around, but I did it! We built a raised bed in our small back yard and planted all kinds of things randomly spaced. Some of it never grew, but there were lots of things that did great, like lettuce and herbs and tomatoes. It’s a salad garden! We even bought one of those Topsy Turvy hanging strawberry things that basically guarantees tons of berries, of which there were several, not tons, but I still did it! Keep reading for my favorite garden cheater and more inspiration…

My absolute favorite thing is the cheater basil. I buy a basil plant at Trader Joe’s for $2.99 and try to keep it alive for at least a few months. Oh how I love fresh basil and the aroma it sends throughout my kitchen (I keep it in the kitchen window). If you are limited on space, there are mini gardens just for you. If you have a window, you can grow some herbs! Check out the slideshow of what I’ve grown and some small space garden ideas.


  • Sylvie Planting 1 of 12
    Sylvie Planting
    We've got a raised bed that we fill with lettuces and herbs and there's some giant celery right now too.
  • Red Leafy Lettuce Growing Big 2 of 12
    Red Leafy Lettuce Growing Big
    There's also romaine and something else too. My favorite garden lettuce is arugula.
  • Thyme 3 of 12
    Thyme
    I love being able to come out and pick some fresh thyme for a recipe
  • Sage 4 of 12
    Sage
    Yes, my sage is flowering. I said I was a lazy gardener. I think it looks pretty and we still eat the leaves.
  • Mint 5 of 12
    Mint
    I've had this pot of mint for over 10 years. I can't seem to kill it which is a good thing! If you plant mint, make sure it in a container or it will take over your garden.
  • Basil Plant 6 of 12
    Basil Plant
    This is from Trader Joe's and I put it in my kitchen window. That's Sylvie taking a fresh bite.
  • Strawberries Coming In 7 of 12
    Strawberries Coming In
    This is the Topsy Turvy hanging strawberry bag, perfect for the lazy gardener.
  • First Strawberry of the Season 8 of 12
    First Strawberry of the Season
    My kids love picking fresh strawberries.
  • Herb Garden Kit 9 of 12
    Herb Garden Kit
    This is so beautiful and would look lovely in any room, just make sure it's near a window.
    Get your own herb garden kit at Herbal Garden Magic
  • Indoor Ever Bearing Strawberry Kit 10 of 12
    Indoor Ever Bearing Strawberry Kit
    You don't even need outdoor space to have year round strawberries? Sign me up!
    Get your own indoor everbearing strawberries at Herbal Garden Magic
  • Edible Garden Terrarium Kits 11 of 12
    Edible Garden Terrarium Kits
    It may not be chic, but it will make you look like a legit mini gardener with your 5 herbs dill, parsley, basil, cilantro and sage.
    Get your own edible garden atTeal Co
  • Topsy Tuvy Tomato Planter 12 of 12
    Topsy Tuvy Tomato Planter
    I bought this as well as put some in the ground and we had more tomatoes come from the topsy turvy. (we bought the strawberry one too!)
    Get your own tomato planter at Topsy Gardening

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