Nothing can compare to fresh herbs and spices on a homemade pizza, and you can’t get much fresher than oregano and arugula plucked right off the plant. Growing a pizza-perfect herb garden will ensure you’ll get the tastiest meals and a beautiful garden to boot. So grab your gardening tools and get to growing your own indoor pizza herb garden.
Just mention the word “pizza” and the kids will come running. They’ll be even more excited about the food they eat when they’re involved in growing and preparing it. Growing herbs is so easy, even a child can do it. It’s also a fun and easy way to introduce kids to gardening.
What you need:
- Seed starting or potting soil
- Herb seeds or starter plants
- Planters or pots
- Water source
Choose the herbs you need. Basil, parsley, and oregano are popular and easy to grow. You could add rosemary, arugula, and thyme for some extra flavor.
Fill planters with soil. Make sure they have holes in the bottom for drainage.
Add starter plants or seeds. If you’re using seeds, sprinkle them on the surface of the soil (leaving an inch between rows.) Cover the seeds or roots with a quarter-inch of potting soil. Oregano seeds are the exception: They will germinate faster if you leave them exposed.
Label each planter or each section of your pot if you’re only using one. Bonus points if you section the pot in triangular wedges — like a pizza!
Place the plants outdoors or in a window sill where they’ll get full sun. A kitchen window is perfect and convenient, giving you easy access to the herbs when you need them. Having the herb garden front and center will also remind you to water your plants every few days.
If you decide to make the herb garden a decorative part of your landscape, place them in a spot where they’ll get plenty of water. This is where a decorative watering feature comes in. Watering the plants won’t be a chore, but rather fun to observe.
Harvest when you start to see foliage on your plants (about three weeks) but don’t take more than one-third of the plant at a time.
Use in your favorite pizza sauce recipe and enjoy!
Year Round Fun
Best of all, this is an activity that you can enjoy all year long. It’s perfect for summertime out of doors, attending to your herb garden right outside on your patio, and it can fit almost anywhere. But in the fall and winter months, bring it indoors in cooler climates and stage in a sunny spot in the house. For an assortment of fabulous looking sets of planters perfect for this project, see a selection here.
Written by Rose Weber
Rose Weber is a garden care extraordinaire and home decorator. She has been gardening since she was a child and loves to spend her weekends teaching her grandchildren all about growing a vegetable patch. You can find her sharing her crops and her decorating ideas with her friends and neighbors. Article reprinted with permission from Lawn Starter.