There’s nothing better than homemade pizza, especially if you have picky eaters on your hands. While we wouldn’t pass up any kind of pizza, the best pizzas are the ones where you use fresh vegetables from your garden, like fresh tomatoes and crunchy veggies. You can even grow your own herbs in this pizza-perfect herb garden. We’ll give you some herb ideas for your DIY garden that will spruce up your outdoor living space, and make a fun weekend project for you and the kids to tackle.
- Potting Soil
- Seed-starting Soil
- Seeds of Choice or Seed Bomb
- Darice Round or Oblong Planters, Jars or Small Pots
- Chalkboard Stake Signs or Plant labels
Step 1. Pick your herbs.
Pick the herbs you want to use. There are several go-to herbs for “pizza gardeners,” with these top herb ideas being oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary, and thyme. You might also consider adding scallions, cilantro, arugula, or garlic–the choice is truly up to you. This tutorial will walk you through the classic herbs, which are the easiest to grow for beginners, and require the least amounts of space and time.
Step 2. Make your labels.
Before you plant, create labels for all of your seeds. It’s best to do this first so that you don’t lose track of which seeds are planted where. You can also use these to transplant your herbs later on, if you choose to do so. Chalkboard labels are adorable, and can be erased and written on year after year so that you don’t have to keep buying disposable label stakes.
You can use any planters you would like, but the best are those that are wide, about 12 inches round, and provide good drainage. If you’re using inexpensive plastic planters, consider poking holes in the bottom to allow water to seep through more easily. This will prevent your seeds from rotting before they have time to sprout.
You can plant all of your herbs in one planter (set them up in a round container with each “slice” dedicated to different herbs for a fun pizza-shaped garden) or in multiple containers with each herb separated out. Mason jars or small pots work well for this. The choice is up to you! Be creative with your planters, play with a rustic twist or update an old planter with paint.
However you choose to plant, make sure your containers are filled with nutrient-dense potting soil. You can also complement your soil with some of your own compost.
Find the tutorial for the below DIY herb box planter here.
Lightly sprinkle your seeds on the surface of the soil – no digging required. Try to space them evenly, but if you have a few spots where seeds are clumped together, don’t worry – you can thin them later.
For more herb ideas, consider this alternative to planting seeds and use a seed bomb. These are delightful mixtures of herbs that are packed into a mixture of clay and peat. These allow the seeds to sprout more quickly, and include a mixture of thyme, parsley, sage, basil, oregano, and rosemary.
Step 5. Cover your seeds.
With the exception of oregano seeds, which you should leave exposed to the open air, all of your seeds next need to be covered with ¼ inch of additional soil. Seed starting mixes are the best soil for this purpose, but any kind will be effective.
Step 6. Water your herbs.
Water your herbs frequently, keeping an eye on soil moisture as your guide as to when you should water. Your soil should always be lightly moist – not soggy, but also not bone-dry. If you put your seeds outside to germinate, you will need to water more frequently than if you leave them on a sunny windowsill.
Step 7. Let your pizza-licious herbs grow.
It will take between a few days up to three weeks before all of your seeds germinate. Wait until the seedlings are at least an inch high before transplanting outside, to ensure they have adequate root production, or let the herbs remain on your windowsill for easy, convenient harvesting.
Step 8. Harvest your herbs and get to cooking.
You can harvest herbs at any time, but you should wait at least a few weeks after the seeds have germinated in order to ensure that they have adequate growth. Never remove more than a third of the plant at a time, so that you don’t shock the plant by over-harvesting. Continue to water your plants regularly so that they keep blooming with more delicious herbs.
The most important step? Preheat your oven, slather some sauce and cheese onto a crust topped with tasty, nutritious herbs–and enjoy! Try some of these homemade pizza recipes!
Kena Morris is a gardener and flower expert who loves sharing in the growth of nature. She is a gentle spirit and a self-described introvert. You can find her in any nearby botanical garden relishing in the peace and serenity or watching her favorite film, Amélie.