Presented by Fiskars
Herbs don’t get fresher or more local than homegrown. Adorn your flowerpots with chalkboard labels, follow these quick tips for planting, and you’ll be harvesting herbs in no time.
To begin constructing the chalkboard flowerpot labels, insert the adhesive vinyl chalkboard contact paper into the tag maker tool and press down on the lever to punch a label shape.
Repeat this process until you have as many labels as needed, one or two for each pot.
Make sure to “cure” the label by rubbing over the surface with chalk and then wiping away with a paper towel.
Use chalk or a chalkboard marker to write onto the label what you plan to grow in each flowerpot.
Remove the backing paper from the label and adhere to the pot.
After creating custom pots, it’s time to fill them!
Start with small herbs, potting soil, a trowel and pruning shears. For harvesting herbs, a pair of snips is a must.
Carry all tools in a 5-gallon bucket fitted with a Fiskars Garden Bucket Caddy. The roomy pockets hold everything you’ll need to plant and maintain your greenery.
Grow each herb in its own pot to make sure each gets the proper care.
With a Big Grip Trowel, fill each pot about two-thirds full of potting soil. Carefully remove a small herb plant from its nursery pot.
Loosen the roots a little with the tip of the trowel to encourage the plant to spread roots out into the new potting soil. Set the plant into the pot.
It’s fine to take a small harvest as soon as the herbs have been planted.
Use a Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snip to trim off any bent or bruised leaves or stems. The snips make clean cuts without damaging the plants and the coated blades stay sharp after several uses.
Use a Fiskars PowerGear Pruner to cut several fresh stems of rosemary from a healthy plant.
Strip the leaves from the bottom few inches of each stem and anchor into a pot filled to the top with potting soil. Firm the soil down around the stems and continuously water.
Keep the potting mix moist while the plants are taking root.
With matching labels, it’s not a random grouping of pots but a collective set.
Cutting herbs encourages the plants to grow. Every time you snip a bit of mint for iced tea or cut basil leaves for a salad, new growth is being promoted.
Got questions about this article or any other garden topic? Go here now to post your gardening ideas, questions, kudos or complaints. We have gardening experts standing by to help you!