Fresh Kitchen Herb Garden Basket

Bring the outdoors in by making this fresh kitchen herb garden basket. An easy way to have your favorite herbs right there while you’re cooking!


Not too long ago, I wanted fresh rosemary to make a pork roast and believe it or not, I could not find any. My grocery store and farmer’s market were completely out of stock. This might not happen in a larger city, but around here, it’s a normal occurrence. That’s when I decided it was time to plant a fresh kitchen herb garden basket so I could have my favorite herbs at my fingertips. 

Bring the outdoors in by making this fresh kitchen herb garden basket. An easy way to have your favorite herbs right there while you're cooking!

It took me a week or so to get my act together, so by the time I went back to the grocery, they had fresh rosemary, basil, and mint plants. I brought home one of each, not knowing exactly what I would do with them. Inspiration struck when I noticed this old basket in our basement. 

Bring the outdoors in by making this fresh kitchen herb garden basket. An easy way to have your favorite herbs right there while you're cooking!

It’s an old Longaberger market basket that I’ve had for years and it is missing its liner. No idea what happened to it! Anyway, it’s the perfect size for an herb garden so I came up with a liner solution. I cut pieces of Press ‘n Seal and applied them on the bottom and up the sides of the basket. I used a scissors to trim along the top of the basket and the end result was a nice, neat edge. 

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Bring the outdoors in by making this fresh kitchen herb garden basket. An easy way to have your favorite herbs right there while you're cooking!

After the potting soil and plants were added, I added drainage by slicing four slits in the press ‘n seal on the bottom of the basket. I set the whole basket in my kitchen sink and used the sprayer to water it. When it was finished draining, back it went on the kitchen counter. I may have to put it on the windowsill to get some extra sun, but that’s no problem. The plan is to keep these herbs alive until I can move them outside when it gets warmer. 

Bring the outdoors in by making this fresh kitchen herb garden basket. An easy way to have your favorite herbs right there while you're cooking!

A fresh kitchen herb garden basket is an easy way to bring something growing and green into your home. The faint scent of the herbs makes me smile when I walk into the kitchen…and I can’t wait to use them in my cooking. 

On the menu this weekend: Rosemary Parmesan Chicken with roasted potatoes & carrots!

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35 Comments

  1. Luke's Page says:

    5 stars
    Today I was looking at an empty basket I have hanging up outside & wondering if I should plant something in it ~ well definitely planting something in there tomorrow!

  2. Just this past weekend I was hunting for a box of rolling pins in my basement and found the same basket (what size is you’res ?) And knew I had to do something with it….Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Mark Daniel says:

    What a great idea Ann! Nothing is better than smelling and using fresh herbs.

  4. I love your solution of using Press and Seal to line the basket. Brilliant! Nothing is better than smelling and using fresh herbs. Enjoy.

  5. I love the idea of fresh herbs in the kitchen. I wish I had room on the counter, but we are very limited. We do have a rosemary bush planted in the yard that I harvest often. I go to Trader Joes in the spring to get my annual basil plant (and sometimes cilantro). Fresh herbs are so much better

  6. What a great idea Ann! I absolutely love this💕 I’m very interested in the plant a Herb Garden like yours.

  7. I adore your herb garden in the vintage basket! You should make some herb butters!

  8. Rebecca M says:

    Ann, I’ve tried numerous times to grow herbs on my kitchen counter/window sill. I just can’t seem to get them to last for more than a month or so. But, I wish you great luck on this endeavor!

  9. Very pretty, I love growing fresh herbs too in the summer. I found that when we water these plants in a wicker basket like this, the basket gets fungus at the bottom due to moisture….it may not show unless it gets to the sides too.

  10. Cyndi Brey says:

    Just this past weekend I was hunting for a box of rolling pins in my basement and found the same basket (what size is you’res ?) And knew I had to do something with it….Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Your basket looks lovely, but I think you will have some watering issues. One of the pitfalls of container gardening is taking the watering needs of plants into consideration. Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb and prefers to almost dry out completely; unlike basil which can tolerate some drought but should not be allowed to wilt. Also to avoid getting fungus on your Rosemary leaves you will want only water the soil and not the leaves. Mint is an invasive plant and will crowd out the others. Keeping mint bound in a container within your basket will help.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you Patricia! I plan to move these herbs outside as soon as I can. I’ll separate them into their own containers then. Hopefully they will be OK!

  12. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Nice little kitchen garden you have here, Ann! I hope you have a blessed Holy Week!

  13. Ann just FYI I think that basket hanging around the basement looks a lot like a Longaberger basket that used to sell for about $50 in the 90’s. Looks good for herbs.

  14. Cheryl Ann says:

    You are brilliant, Ann! I love this idea, because I get frustrated with how large herbs get in the ground. They never get used up because they grow like weeds. This will keep them in check. Happy Easter, my friend.

  15. Karla Bannerman says:

    What a great idea. I have several baskets sitting around doing nothing. Will have to check for herb plants and make those baskets earn their keep. 😁

  16. Dianne Gay says:

    Ooh, I love the blue paint in your kitchen! We are moving to a condo and I am looking at blue paint colors. Would you be so kind as to tell me the make and color of that blue in the kitchen? Love your blog!

  17. I would like to have a small herb garden. Will they grow indoors or in a screen enclosure? I’m not sure what our Florida sun would do to them outside. I guessI have a little studying to do.😀 Love the basket idea.

  18. Ann, love the idea of a kitchen herb garden. My counter space is at a premium so I will have to wait until the weather breaks and I can plant outside. I’m lucky to have a huge bow window in my kitchen and it looks out on my patio and garden. I have lavender growing just off the patio and I can see it and my daffodils peeking through the snow. Yes, we still have remnants of snow here in Western NY! I hear the weather is supposed to warm up this next week. I sure hope so! Thanks for the touch of spring!

  19. Good idea,I have that same basket.

  20. Love your idea. I have an old, small picnic basket that may do the trick. I love using fresh herbs in my cooking. Ann, you have given us so many great gardening and decorating inspirations. I thank you. Hoping Ohio has seen the last of the big snows.

  21. Sheila DelCharco says:

    If you have a friend with a rosemary plant/bush you can easily start your own plants! Just snip some branches and put in a pot of dirt! Rosemary loves lots of sun so they do better outside! I love to cook with rosemary! Your basket is lovely!

  22. You have definitely inspired me! What a lovely idea!
    Fresh herbs not only taste wonderful, they look pretty, too!

  23. So looks g forward to nice weather, still getting snow here Minnesota! I love this idea!

  24. Lorri Rauscher says:

    Great idea Ann..that way you freshness at yr fingertips..cant wait for gardening weather.

  25. What a great idea Ann & I have an empty Longaberger basket just waiting for this inspiration! Thx, Jessie

  26. I have tried to grow rosmery inside the house , didn’t make it! I originally had Rosemary in the garden , it grew fantastic! My mistake, I pulled it out to make room for a Butterfly garden. I regret it now… I’m determined to grow rosemary this year outside and inside. Good luck with your beautiful arrangement of herbs. Keep us posted on your success of how to herbs inside your house.
    Happy Easter.

  27. I love the idea of the Winter kitchen garden. I have been growing an Aero-Garden for some time and just love to see the little plants grow and thrive during our long Winters. I keep an active herb garden during the growing season and often start my plants in the indoor garden to get a jump on the season. Now, I have to say that using your vintage basket rather surprised me. I would not be able to use it for that purpose :) You are more brave than I! It is beautiful and I hope you are blessed with fragrant and flavorful herbs until the air warms and the sun shines in your part of the world.

  28. This sounds sooo good. Since I do our family Sunday dinners I may try this for our Easter dinner next week. And a new project for my spring to do list. Fresh herbs are pretty to grow and always available if you grow yourself.

    Thanks

  29. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    I love the idea of using fresh herbs in cooking. And as you mentioned it is a nice fragrance when you walk in the kitchen.

  30. Longaberger Market baskets and the plastic PROTECTORS are still available directly from any consultant who might live near anyone! Simply go to http://www.longaberger.com and do a search for a consultant in your area.

  31. Fresh rosemary is very nice. But if you don’t always have it on hand and you like combining the flavors of rosemary and garlic (and like me, your kitchen is in the middle of the house with zero windows), Tones makes a quite good MSG-free rosemary/garlic seasoning mix. It’s readily available and keeps its flavor for a very long time.

  32. genie steger says:

    What a great idea for this very changeable March!!!!
    Thank you

  33. Kathy Briscoe says:

    This is a lovely idea. I especially love basil and mint. I’d like to find a similar basket to start herbs growing for the spring/summer season. I can start them in a basket at my kitchen doorwall because it faces the west in the afternoon sun.