By: Jordan

Ok, so maybe “The Gift of Life” is a misleading title to this post, but let me explain. Last month, we celebrated the birth of the beautiful Cara Amarante Edwards! It was a gorgeous night spent on the Edwards’ back deck with amazing friends and amazing Filipino food prepared by Mr. Amarante himself. What you have to understand about Cara, and what made the thought of this party a bit daunting, is that she is terribly hard to shop for. She’s got impeccable taste, so Reagan and I spent weeks trying to come up with the perfect gift.  And although we had lots of ideas (anything fitness related is right up her alley), we just couldn’t think of anything perfectly special for such a special friend.

That is, until Reagan hit a brilliant nail on the head: an herb garden! Cara and her husband Mike have a beautiful backyard and like to cook together, so what better way to fuse the two? Beyond that, we figured as the herbs grow & flourish, they can easily be transplanted to a permanent spot in the yard to feed their family for generations to come. Hence, “the gift of life”.  I know it’s corny, but appropriate nonetheless.

Anyhow, needless to say, the little garden was a hit! So, whether for yourself or someone else, this is a delicious little project that takes no time at all.

What You’ll Need:

  • Potted Herbs (these can be found for $3-5 a piece at your local grocery store)
  • Potting soil
  • A Planter. Get creative here. I used a tin bucket, but the possibilities are endless!
  • Decorative wrapping optional. I chose a burlap shash and completed the look with a big burlap bow.
  • Wood scraps  & popsicle sticks for the label stakes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sharpie

What To Do:

  • Transfer the individual herbs into your planter. Be sure to allow lots of room for the roots to grow below and between the different plants.
  • Using the hot glue gun, glue your wood scraps to the popsicle sticks
  • Write each herb’s name on the wooden labels and stake in the soil. I also used the wood pieces to make a birthday card!
  • Finish with a decorative wrap/bow if you’d like
  • Be sure to water your herbs and keep them in a well-lit area!