Sunday, June 12, 2011

Edible Pots – the perfect gift

Rustic style containers add the finishing touch

Looking for a great gift for Father’s Day (June 19th in the USA) ? These small edible pots are always a winner and easy to put together in just a few minutes.

Use a well drained potting soil with about 10% very fine compost. In small containers I keep the percentage of compost a little lower than usual (see the post Planting Hanging Baskets) to optimize drainage. I also prefer to sprinkle in a slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote so that Dad doesn’t have to remember to water with a soluble form every two weeks! Then all you have to do is plant up the recipes.

Spaghetti Pot

  • Basil (I like Genovese)
  • Tomato plant (choose a bush/determinate type such as Roma unless you are using a very big container)
  • Oregano

Salsa Pot

  • Tomato plant as for spaghetti recipe
  • Cilantro (coriander)
  • Jalapeno pepper

Mixed Herbs
Choose your favorites! Select those with contrast in leaf size and color for the best effect such as curly parsley, golden thyme, purple sage and bronze fennel.

Now watch the smiles as you deliver your special gift. Much more exciting than a pair of socks! And of course it’s not just Dads who would enjoy this treat. What about making one up to welcome neighbors to their new home or as a thank you for that special teacher?

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