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Create a Mother's Day Mini Herb Garden

One of my favorite Mother's Day gift is a small herb garden that my kids made for me. They took a plain terracotta pot, painted it, and planted it with some small herb plants. I love the fact that it's both a beautiful and practical gift — it's still going strong on the kitchen counter! It's a fun project for the kids, and a lovely gift to receive on any occasion.

To make your mini herb garden you'll need:

  • A terracotta bulb pan (ours is 10 1/2 inches in diameter) and base
  • Acrylic paints
  • Potting soil
  • 3 or 4 small herb plants like thyme, rosemary, and oregano

Decorate the pot with the acrylic paints and let it dry thoroughly. Fill with potting soil, then add the herb plants. Choose perrenial herbs like thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, parsley, or mint. (Annuals like basil will die off at the end of the season and will need to be replaced.) You can find herb starts in three- or four-inch pots at most garden centers, and Trader Joe's carries them for $2.49 each.

As a bonus, my daughter gathered some little river rocks and painted them to use as plant markers for my mini garden. Water thoroughly after you first transplant the herbs. Most herbs are drought-tolerant, so you'll maybe have to water your garden once a week. This garden is suitable for keeping indoors or outside. If you keep it inside, you'll have fresh herbs in your kitchen all year long!