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Herbs in raised pots in a garden

Overview

Turn your back or front yard into a beautiful, productive space by creating an edible garden that looks good and tastes even better. For this project, we're grouping our herbs into three pots – one for tea, one for smoothies and one for cocktails.

Steps

1Prepare your pots

The best part about growing your own organic produce is that anyone can do it! You don't need a huge backyard – balconies are just as good. But you'll need some outdoor pots. Once you've picked yours out, it's important to group plants together that prefer the same conditions. For example, some culinary herbs prefer a lot of light – some don't; some like a well-drained soil; some like it nice and moist. Choose which plants will go in which pots, and head to the nursery section of your local Bunnings to pick up your herb punnets.

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2Get ready for potting

Once you've picked out your seedlings, grab some potting mix and Seasol to add after you've potted your plants – this will help them recover from any ‘transplant shock'. Grab your gardening gloves and a dust mask (some soils can contain a bacteria when dry) and you're ready to start potting!

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3Plant your cocktail herbs

What's not to like about the concept of a ‘cocktail jug'? Just snip off a sprig or two of your chosen herb to add to your favourite tipple! We're potting rosemary and sage – these are great aromatics for bitter and/or savoury drinks. Use your rosemary sprig as a swizzle stick or muddle some sage with sugar syrup for a delicious earthy beverage.

Sage and rosemary don't like conditions that are too wet, so they'll be perfect grouped together in this pot. Plant your herbs and give them a good water once they're settled in.

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4Plant your tea herbs

We're potting mint, lemon balm, peppermint and chamomile – all lovely when infused with hot water for a refreshing, restorative brew. The mint family are really good pest controllers too, so peppermint, mint and lemon balm are particularly good when planted in your yard.

These plants enjoy a nice, partially sunny position and moist, well-drained soil. When picking chamomile, the best time is first thing in the morning after the dew has dried – just nip off a flower head and infuse into your tea. Easy! All these herbs are also great in summer salads and quinoa dishes– delish! Water them well once they're settled into their new pot.

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5Plant your smoothie greens

If you're a health nut, you'll know just how expensive it is to stock up on healthy greens each week. Which is why our last pot is dedicated to smoothies! We've chosen to plant sweet basil, spinach and kale – all great when added to your morning pick-me-up (the basil gives your drinks an extra pop – try it!). They're also great basics to have ready for cooking. These plants like full sun or partial shade, and moist, well-drained soil.

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6Get sipping!

Whether it's an afternoon cocktail, a morning smoothie or an any-time tea, you're all set with these three potted herb selections. Bottoms up!

7Watch more projects from this episode

Watch the full episode and more D.I.Y. projects from Make It Yours Episode 3: Backyard Makeover by Tim and Mat.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.