Planting the Herb Box

We got a second container along with our Eco Garden. It’s a smaller square container, and not as deep. It still has the same Air Gap technology as the garden, but doesn’t have a watering system built in, so we’ll have to water it the old fashioned way.

Logistical note: We’ll call this “the box” in future posts. We’ll include updates on it with the Garden as well.

We decided to use the box for our herbs and fruit (except for the watermelon, which made the cut in the main garden). Our strategy for choosing plants was similar to the garden: whatever was available at the store.

Like the main garden, the box was prepped with layers of peat moss and soil two days before planting. It took the rest of the 3 cubic foot bag of peat moss and about 4-1.5 cubit feet bags of our organic potting soil. The material settled quite a bit, so after we got the plants in we top-filled around the plants a bit to raise up the bed.

So, what made the cut in the box? Glad you asked!

  1. Lavender (x3)
  2. Rosemary
  3. Purple Sage
  4. Italian Basil
  5. Sweet Basil
  6. Italian Parsley
  7. Curled Parsley
  8. Cilantro
  9. Chives
  10. Kale
  11. Romaine Lettuce
  12. Cantaloue

And a few late additions (not included in the grid)

  1. Dill Weed
  2. Lemon Sage

We also planted Marigolds around the perimeter like in the main garden. Although the box is sitting on a ledge, it’s not truly raised like the garden so if the Marigolds don’t cut it, we may need to put up fencing to keep out the animals.