Posted 15th Jun 2018
This Father’s Day, make something Dad will love: a barbecue herb garden. For the dad who loves to grill outdoors, this is a thoughtful gift that will also get kids enjoying gardening.
Step One: The containers
- Save tin cans from the kitchen. Clean then and ask a grown up to poke some holes in the bottom. (If you would rather not make holes, add lots of pebbles in the bottom for drainage.)
- Decorate the tins however you like. One great idea is to paint the tins white and then use chalkboard paint to create a rectangular name labels on the front. Or why not wrap in fabric for a quick way to jazz up those tins?
- You can, of course, use small terracotta plant pots and decorate these with ceramic paint or pens.
Step Two: The herbs
Here are the top herbs for a BBQ chef.
Rosemary: add finely chopped rosemary leaves to all vegetables, tomatoes, fish, poultry, meat or in any type of burger for a spectacular taste. You can even dry and soak the straight branches of rosemary to create barbecue skewers. Dad can make a marinade by blending the herb with olive oil, lots of garlic and vinegar; this is great for pork chops.
- Thyme: Bee-friendly thyme will add flavour to any food Dad decides to grill, including tomatoes, peppers, onions, salmon, chicken and more. For a yummy lemon chicken marinade, combine lemon thyme with vinegar, olive oil, honey and mustard.
- Parsley: Not just a garnish, parsley is great chopped and added to peppers, courgettes and other veg Dad throws on the BBQ.
- Chives: Snip lots of chives and toss onto warm potato salad or with a dollop of butter on top of grilled corn on the cob and other veg Dad is cooking. The more Dad snips, the more the chives will grow!
- Oregano: You can add this to whatever is being barbecued but it’s particularly great on Greek inspired dishes such as skewered vegetables and chicken.
Step Three: Planting
- If you haven’t drilled holes, add pebbles to the bottom of the tins for drainage.
- Use good quality compost to fill the tins. Pop in your herbs, top up with more compost and gently firm down.
- Water and you’re ready to grow.
- Leave them on the windowsill for a week or two if you have used small seedlings. This will help give them a head start.
Step Four: Plant Markers
Dad needs to know which herbs are growing. Here are some ideas for plant markers.
- If you created chalkboard paint labels, you can simply use chalk to write on the names.
- Paint a small wooden spoon and write on the name of each herb.
- Paint large pebbles with the names of each herb.
- Collect a few strong twigs. Write the name of each herb on a piece of scrap wood. Use twine to attach the wood to the twigs.
Wishing a Great Father’s Day to all the Dads!
Tutorial courtesy of Great Little Garden