No place to grow herbs? Try making a living wreath

So many of us don’t have access to growing spaces for vegetables, herbs and flowers. A living wreath is a great adornment to a kitchen or outdoor patio. And they also make terrific gifts at any time of the year. With this wreath I have used all herbs, but you can easily use succulents instead. Just remember though, if you use trailing plants, they are at their best in a sunny location.

 

 

 

Things you will need

 

  • 12″-14″ in. concave wire wreath frame
  • A large bucket
  • 20 gauge green floral wire
  • 2 – 4oz. bags of sheet moss
  • soilless potting mix
  • 3-5 low growing or trailing herbs in 3 or 4 inch pots.

  1. Soak the sheet moss in a large bucket of water for approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Gently squeeze the excess water from the moss and lay it underneath the wreath frame.
  3. Fill the frame with soil. I used a soilless mix with slow-release fertilizer already added in, but you could certainly use regular potting mix.
  4. Attach the wire to the frame. Gently pull the moss around the sides and top and wrap the wire around to have the moss cover the frame and soil. Continue working around the wreath with the wire every 2 inches.

  1. Start at the top of the wreath and plant the herbs by cutting a slit into the wreath parallel to the wires. Use your fingers to make a hole and carefully push the plant in. Continue planting the other plant, spacing evenly around the wreath.
  2. Place the entire wreath on the ground and give it a good but gentle soaking. You can also soak it in a large container if you have one.
  3. Trim the plants and use them in your cooking from time to time to keep them neat and tidy.

That’s all there is to it. Now you have your own herbal living wreath, now when you need fresh herbs for your recipes, just snip away. Be sure to take it down when it is getting dry and give it a good soaking. If it is hanging outside on the patio, why not add drip irrigation to it and water it automatically using a timer too.

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