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Bar Cart Herb Garden

Ever since seeing THIS cozy corner of indoor plant goodness in the home of Beth Jones, I’ve had my heart set on a bar cart turned plant stand for myself. Specifically, an herb garden plant stand. David loves to cook and I’ve been known to whip up a halfway decent meal on occasion too. (Note: I require assistance. As in, “honey, please watch the kid while I bury my nose in the recipe for the next hour'” kind of assistance. But regardless, I cook.)

Cooking with fresh ingredients is the absolute best. Besides, herbs are so dang expensive! So, until I create that dream raised bed vegetable and flower garden in my backyard, I created a much smaller and simpler indoor herb garden which sits to the side of our galley kitchen.

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My initial plan was to find a vintage bar cart a la Craigslist or a local thrift store. But after weeks of scouring with no luck (seriously, where are all the cool, discarded vintage bar carts these days?) I decided to purchase new from Target. Big surprise. I had seen THIS rattan cart in stores months before and it took every ounce of self control in me not to buy it on first sighting. My patience muscle must be pretty in shape with this toddler because I waited until it went on mega sale last week. 50% off!!

Once at home, I loaded it up with a handful of herbs that had been living on our dining table. Basil, sage, oregano and mint to start. I’ll probably add rosemary and cilantro next.

 

STYLIST’S NOTE: I picked up most of the terra cotta pots from a thrift store in Dallas. I love the fact that they’re already aged! If you choose to do the same, make sure you wash them out thoroughly or spray them down with a fungus killer. Sometimes old pots will harvest fungus from plants that rotted and died in them before. I use Neem Oil to treat my non-edible plants and have used it to clean pots before use too.

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P.S. THIS bar cart (also from Target) is beyond cute too! {insert heart-eyes emoji} If I was going for something brighter and peppier, I definitely would have purchased this one.

 

So, do you have an herb garden in your kitchen? And, if so, how do you care for it? Any pro tips I should know about?

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