DIY Portable Fresh Herb Container Garden


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As an Interior Designer, one of the tricks we use to make our design project photos come alive, is to incorporate fresh flowers or live greenery into the home for the photo shoot. This is because we know nothing brings life to a space like real, live plants. Even the most impeccable decor is further enhanced with the addition of a simple, green, living plant. 




Through years of staging and photographing my design projects, I've developed a huge crush on container herb gardens.  They are great for breathing life into a kitchen during the winter months when fresh floral arrangements can be scarce. I use them often for client projects. Making one for myself has been on my bucket list for a while and I finally get to cross it off.  








This little garden was so simple to put together. I love the way looks and I'm excited to cook with fresh herbs that I grew myself. It came together easily using things I already had around the house (clay pots, a serving tray and Modge Podge) and Burpee Home Garden plants that I purchased at my local garden center. 






Before selecting my herb plant varieties, I did a little research at the Burpee Home Gardens website. I chose three plants that require the same amount of light in order to keep all of these little plants happy together in one spot. I then narrowed them down by selecting two herbs that I often cook with (Sage and Oregano) and one that I was sold on after the mention of a delicious summer cocktail (Spearmint).


  
Here are some things I learned about these plants from Burpee Home Gardens...
Spearmint is best harvested as soon as you see it bloom. Use it's flavorful leaves with vegetables and in any summer drink, especially Mojitos. Sage is one of the best garden herbs because when protected, it will grow into a sturdy perennial shrub in most climates. The leaves are best when harvested before or just after blooming. Sage can be used fresh or dried with poultry, sausages, meats and vegetables. Oregano is a versatile culinary herb widely used, most often dried, in Italian dishes, tomato sauce, pizza, fish and salad dressings. Oregano requires little maintenance and makes an excellent edging plant or ground covering, even in dry garden spots. 









Once I had my plants selected, I planted them in cute little clay pots and labeled them. A quick internet search for "free printable plant labels" led me to these black and white printable herb labels at andersruff.com.  If you would like to print these and use them yourself, please click here for the high resolution printable version by Anders Ruff Designs. I printed them out on regular paper, cut them out and used Modge Podge to apply them to the pots. 







Placing all three pots in a large white serving tray not only looks pretty, but makes it easy to move my little garden around. The plants I chose all require full sun. This means during the day they will most likely adorn our patio table. When it's time for dinner or while entertaining,  I'll bring them into the kitchen where the cooking and cocktail mixing will take place.








If you are like me, I need all the help I can get to keep my plants alive. Burpee Home Gardens makes it easy and fun to garden with amazing results. You can click here to learn more about home gardening and to find a store near you.






Another fantastic resource Burpee Home Gardens offers is an official Burpee Garden Coach. You simply visit Burpeecoach.com and send an email there to get access to gardening tips. Now for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card, tell me, what plants will you use to start your own garden?
Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to find the perfect summer Mojito recipe...
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150 comments:

  1. I'd love to have some mint (I recently developed a love for mojitos on our family vacation) and oregano, which is my favorite herb to cook with! We are surrounded by very tall and mature trees so our house doesn't get very much sun which could be a problem.

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  2. Super cute way to have fresh herbs. Love this idea!

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  3. so..... where did you find the cute pots?

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  4. What a fantastic way to display herbs! Soooo cute!

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  5. I would do basil, peppermint, and spearmint! I love soaking mint leaves and cucumber for a refreshing summer drink!

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  6. These are the cutest idea! Just love your black labels!!!

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  7. I would try basil, oregano and parsley. Such a cute idea! ;)

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  8. I am growing peppermint, basil, rosemary, and cilantro. Your pots are really cute.

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  9. I planted an herb garden yesterday. We found a discarded plastic window box in someone;s trash. There was nothing wrong with it. Hubby washed it and added soil. I sprinkled the seeds and added more soil and used a sharpie to note which plant was which. So happy to have found the box. Perfect for four herbs.

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  10. The gray pots are a darling alternative to terra cotta. I think the portable set up would allow an herb garden to survive my care ;)

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  11. So cute & simple Sarah! Happy Sunday Funday!

    Paige.Rose
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  12. I'd like to grow tomatoes.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  13. tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/606122929500364800

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  14. I am growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and strawberries. I love to garden. It is relaxing to me.

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/606127452348256256

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I would like to grow basil and tomatoes

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  17. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/606142534201413633

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  18. I would plant zucchini, since I have heard it is easy to grow.

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  19. I would love to grow tomatoes, carrots and parsley in my garden this year! I love your grey pots! yarbr012 at gmail dot com

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  20. https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/606156721547927552 yarbr012at gmaildotcom

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  21. We would like to grow some herbs and some green beans.
    reklaw422 at Hotmail dot com

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  22. I'd like to grow dill, basil, parsley, and oregano!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  23. I would love to grow peppers and growing lettuce.

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  24. tweet- https://twitter.com/groogruxking40/status/606220472137609216

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  25. I would love to grow some basil, cilantro, tomatoes, and green beans.

    nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  26. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/606257284545540096

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  27. I would plant tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant in my garden.

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  28. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/606288295446880257

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  29. I would like to grow thyme and tomatoes.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  30. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/606290380191965184

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  31. I have tomatoes, onions and potatoes growing in my garden now.

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  32. I have rosemary and mint growing in my kitchen. I want to grow more herbs and vegetables as well.

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  33. I would start with tomatoes, basil, oregano and parsley

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  34. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/608365718317465603
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  35. I'd like to grow tomatoes, carrots and radishes

    s2s2 at cox dot net

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  36. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/608654294875779073

    s2s2 at cox dot net

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  37. Since this is our first summer in our new home that has so much planted in it we are joyfully watching all that is popping up. There are flower gardens every where. There is an herb/flower garden, and the old garden that hasn't been tended in years has some hearty plants producing this year. However, I did need to plant, basil, cilantro, and green onions. So excited for all the goodness this year.

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  38. basil, lavender and thyme are my favorites!

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  39. I would grow rosemary and thyme.

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  40. I would grow sage for my Thanksgiving dressing.

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  41. Some basil and chives would be nice for my garden.

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  42. I would start my garden with tomatoes, peppers, and squash

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  43. https://twitter.com/Attea2d/status/610799650719813632

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  44. I'd love Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers, Parsley, Basil and mint.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  45. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/610808071695241216
    Thanks again
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  46. We plant a fair share of tomatoes and usually can some for use in the winter months. Herbs are always on the list, I like to make my own basil pesto, freezing it in ice trays.
    jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

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  47. I posted a tweet: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/610835534307569665.
    jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com.

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  48. I have this thing about growing (or at least trying to grow) my own watermelons...so watermelon plants!
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  49. tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/610864533104631808

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  50. I would plant parsley, chives, and dill.

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  51. What a beautiful, simple idea that's so attractive! I love the labels and would do this for my Rosemary and Basil plants together.

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  52. I plant alot of mints and tons of fennel for the black swallowtail butterflies in my backyard butterfly garden. :)

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  53. I'd start with green bell peppers and pumpkins.

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  54. I love the idea and I love herbs so much . I use them in cooking and for many other things.

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  55. I would grow basil, dill and parsley. Thank you!!

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  56. Fresh herbs are so much better than dried.

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  57. I would love to grow rosemary, parsley chives and oregano!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  58. I have mint and oregano growing in my yard. If anyone wants any of my mint, help yourself-I have enough to supply the entire world with mint until the end of time.

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  59. I've planted roma and zebra striped tomatoes, sweet banana peppers and Jalapeno peppers.
    I live in MN and you need to start with the plants because of the shorter growing season.
    thank you

    barbara (dot) montyj (at) gmail (dot) com

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  60. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/610979464978296834

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  61. I'd love to grow cilantro and tomatoes!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. Basil, Rosemary and Parsley would be a great start.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  63. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/sazzyfrazzy/status/611010843833032704
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  64. I'd love to start an herb garden as well as a fruit and vegetable garden. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Lesha@tothemotherhood.com

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  65. I would love to grow my own strawberries. Brittney House

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  66. I'm growing lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in containers Also have my strawberries, raspberries and blueberries all in containers

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  67. I would like to grow parsley and oregano

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  68. I'd love to grow tomatoes & cilantro and maybe mint.... Really, I'd love to grow lots of things but I'm not much good at it lol :)
    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  69. Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/611427325213810688
    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  70. i would love to plant rosebushes
    stigay at comcast.net

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  71. I would plant tomatoes!
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  72. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/611911592876371968
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  73. I would plant dill, parsley and tomatoes.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  74. I will grow tomatoes, sugar snap peas and green beans Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  75. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rosannepm/status/612446685961261057 Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  76. I have lemon thyme, chives and little leaf basil.

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  77. basil, tomato and lemon
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  78. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/612695815782535168

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  79. Zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, eggplant and peppers.

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  80. I don't garden but my mother used to love to.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  81. I love gardening! To me, it means being about the enjoy the outdoors and provide my family with tons of fresh veggies like cucumbers, beans, peas and carrots and so much more!

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  82. Tweet: https://twitter.com/coriwestphal/status/613181717772242948

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  83. We have a small garden with tomatoes, peppers, kale, eggplant, okra cucumbers, green beans plus a good variety of herbs.

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  84. I will plant tomatoes and basil in my garden.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  85. We have several gardens. My favorite is the front porch with all my daisies. We have a strawberry patch and an herb garden. We have the 'regulars': tomatoes, potatoes, green beans and all sorts of peppers.

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  86. I'm sticking to cacti, the only plants I can't kill.

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  87. We've planted only tomatoes this year, but I'd like to try my hand at oregano someday!
    pixelberrypie at yahoo dot com

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  88. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/613524551847268352

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  89. We love tomatoes and lima beans!

    marielay@gmail.com

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  90. I would like to have a cherry tomato and green pepper plant.

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  91. I love to grow tomatoes. They are great in salads.

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  92. https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/614212952518819840 truckredford(at)Gmail.com

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  93. I want to grow carrots and potatoes, maybe sage.

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  94. my tweet https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/614400290968616961

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  95. I live on a very shaded lot and even though we tried a raised bed, it was near impossible to grow anything. Right now we just grow some herbs in a pot on the one sunny spot near the garage.

    aleksnearing gmail com

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  96. we like to plant tomatoes - we enjoy eating some and we also can some for making soup and chili in the cooler months

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  97. i posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/614614566538850305

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  98. I currently only have mint....I'd like to add rosemary, thyme and basil.

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  99. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/614644190824153088

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  100. The basics for me are Basil, tomatoes and Peppers.

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  101. tweeted: https://twitter.com/tinawoo21/status/614650387404951553

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  102. I like to grow tomatoes.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  103. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/614656967630528513

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  104. We are growing thyme, basil, herbs and tomatoes

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  105. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/614661944277114880

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  106. I would plant peppers,tomatoes and cucumbers

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  107. https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/614924811731648512

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  108. Oregano!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  109. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/614972643377332224
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  110. I would grow basil, parsley, and rosemary.

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  111. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/615057833831305216

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  112. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/615066284317888512

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  113. Love the printables! Burpee has been my go-to seed supplier for decades. Herbs are my favorite to use in the kitchen, and love my hown grown tomatoes too!

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  114. https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/615189123490418688

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  115. I think I would plant tomatoes, lavender and thyme (great for cooking !).
    redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/615214550065922048
    redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  117. i'd like to create a little herb garden - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  118. I would love to grow tomatoes, green peppers, and onions.

    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  119. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/615320365795946496

    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  120. Tomatoes, rosemary, basil, green peppers, jalapenos, hot banana peppers and poblanos.

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  121. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/615555895808950274

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  122. Cucumbers and tomatoes would be the first two vegetables of choice.

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  123. I would start with cucumbers and tomatos.

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  124. I would love to grow tomatoes and cucumbers.

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  125. https://twitter.com/Stephanie64030/status/615651309467742208

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  126. Our garden this year consists of corn, 3 types of lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, peas, peppers and tomatoes.

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  127. If we could have our own garden we would plant cucumbers and tomatoes. Thank you!!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  128. I would like to grow tomatoes.

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  129. https://twitter.com/momsfocus/status/615841560022790144

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  130. https://twitter.com/momsfocus/status/615851809874161664

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  131. I am all about as many varieties of organic and heirloom tomatoes as I can plant along with lots of basil! mmm!!!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  132. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/615920156095737856
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  133. I love having fresh herbs. I have oregano and sage and mint in my little garden.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  134. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/615945511556640768
    slehan at juno dot com

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  135. #SweepstakesEntry

    want to try to grow watermelon!

    KC
    kacor7@hotmail.com

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  136. my #SweepstakesEntry tweet:

    https://twitter.com/thrincor/status/615957779027726336

    KC
    kacor7@hotmail.com

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  137. I like growing tomatoes, squash and basil

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  138. https://twitter.com/ardy22/status/615983363149668352

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  139. I would start with cilantro , parsley and basil
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  140. I would start with cilantro, parsley and basil
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  141. tweeted https://twitter.com/iamdadtastic/status/616009852138041344
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  142. I will be growing tomatoes, beans and lettuce this year!

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