As I may have mentioned before, I don't have the greenest of thumbs. However, one of my favorite things to do each summer is unearth my collection of terra cotta pots from our shed and plant a container herb garden on our back deck. It creates not only a green oasis for summer days spent lazing with friends and family in the sunshine, but also a garden of herbs fresh for the picking while preparing al fresco meals. My favorite part is the scent of rosemary, oregano and basil floating in the air and of course plenty of fresh mint on hand for our evening mojitos (follow the link to our recipe for yummy Pear Mojitos)!
I have a huge array of pot sizes and often plant multiple herbs in one pot. I find it helpful to label my herbs and their varieties. Those plastic flags that come with them are handy and informative, but rather unattractive. Instead, I gather up stones on trips to the beach and create my own markers. They look right at home nestled between the leaves.
xoxo Karen June
Here are a few tips on making your own stone garden markers.
- Smooth stones tumbled by the sea make a great canvas.
- I use Speedball Super Pigmented Acrylic Ink and a fine brush for lettering my stones. I like the flow of the ink for creating detailed fonts. You could also easily use a paint pen or other acrylic paints that you might already have on hand.
- Sketch out your herb name by pencil first as a guideline. If you prefer, print out some fonts from your computer and transfer using graphite transfer paper.
- To keep your markers water safe, spray a couple of coats of shellac on your stones after the ink has dried.