herb garden

dekel & i love yard work, gardening & just being outside in general, so when i get a day off work we like to go over to my grandmother’s house (because she has a huge front & back yard) & help her out with the hard stuff. 
tuesday was my day off  & it started off at the dmv, where dek had his driving test to get his american driver’s license…which he PASSED!!! then we made our way to my grandmother’s house to get to work. we sprayed unwanted weeds, dek got on the roof to blow the leaves off, we raked the leaves up & trimmed all the bushes. 
the following day i got off work at 10:30 (yes, A.M.!) & we still felt like gardening, so we dekel set out to plant some tomatoes & these herbs that we bought & use, but never got around to planting. we had been wanting to build an herb garden at my mom’s house for some time now & we thought to create a pallet garden. I wanted to lean it up against the house for that rustic look, but after giving it some thought we decided it would be best to designate a place for our herb garden & plant them in the ground.

here’s how we did it, if you would like to see…
my mom had the prickly bushes you see behind my family in the photo below removed, so this is the “before” pic:
from left to right: my aunt lisa, grandfather bill, grandfather genovia & bestie dandi
dekel used wood from limbs we had cut down from the front yard to make different sized logs to “fence” our herb garden. i don’t even remember where i got the inspiration to do it this way, but it seemed like it would look good & we LOVE how it turned out!
 i love the uneven surfaces
 of course, we tilled & watered the soil days before planting
 we planted marigolds around the tomatoes, as they are a “beneficial companion” to the tomato plant
 we planted thai basil (left) & sweet basil (right)
 we also planted rosemary & mint
 these boring paper herb labels will have to do until i can make some cute ones. (i like these)
anyone have any suggestions?
 oh! & always used coffee grounds on your garden, as it adds nutrients
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