Growing your own organic herbs is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to adopt a healthy and homemade lifestyle. Williams-Sonoma's new Agrarian collection is designed to help us get closer to the source of our food, bringing the virtues of homegrown and homemade into our everyday lives. To help Apartment Therapy readers get started, they're giving away a vintage planter along with a complete collection of organic culinary herbs.
This vintage piece from England (c. 1920s-1940s) bears all the patina and character of a timeworn object. Back in the days before washing machines, families all over Europe laundered their clothes in outdoor tubs like this one. Now it makes a beautiful container for culinary herbs, and is perfect for creating edible gardening space on your deck, patio or rooftop.
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Please fill in the form below to enter this week's giveaway of a vintage planter and collection of culinary herbs. The contest begins today, April 19, 2012, and ends at 11:59 pm EST on May 2, 2012. One winner will be chosen at random.
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Vintage Galvanized English Dolly
This authentic found object from England (c. 1920s-1940s) was formerly used as a washbasin and is made of galvanized metal that bears the natural markings of age. Size will vary slightly, but is about 18"-20" diam., 34"-38" high and weighs 10 lb. From England; country of manufacture is unknown. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.
Organic Potted Herbs:
Berggarten Sage: Berggarten is an especially aromatic and flavorful variety of sage (Salvia officinalis) that enhances poultry and meat dishes, stuffings, pastas and cream sauces. The leaves also can be steeped in hot water to produce a soothing tea, a natural remedy for sore throats. Snip the gray-green leaves as needed, and this perennial plant will keep producing all year. Spikes of purple flowers bloom in midsummer and will attract honeybees to your garden. Appropriate for all growing zones.
Blue Upright Tuscan Rosemary: Cooks favor this fast-growing upright form of perennial rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue') over the trailing variety because of its more flavorful needle-like leaves, which cover the plant all year long. Fresh or dried, the leaves complement the flavors of roasted and grilled chicken, lamb and fish, and enhance herb butters and breads. Rosemary tea offers restorative properties that energize the body. The herb's vivid blue flowers attract honeybees to the garden in spring and summer. Appropriate for all growing zones.
English Thyme: English thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a perennial evergreen shrub that produces small, gray-green, leaves for harvesting year-round. A key component of fines herbes in French cuisine, the aromatic herb can be used fresh or dried to add flavor to soups and sauces, fish and meat. Make use of thyme's natural antiseptic properties in infusions and teas. In summer, the plant blooms with white to pale purple flowers that attract honeybees. Appropriate for all growing zones.
Lemon Thyme: Smelling and tasting like its namesake fruit, lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) adds a citrusy accent to chicken, fish, salad dressings and a variety of sauces. Herbalists use lemon thyme to soothe sore throats and aid digestion, and the herb's fragrance and calming properties make it a popular addition to handmade soaps and lotions. Lemon thyme can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill for easy picking or planted in an outdoor garden. Use the leaves fresh or dried. Appropriate for all growing zones.
Peppermint: This hardy perennial is a fast grower, producing an abundant supply of green, aromatic leaves for seasoning sweet and savory dishes and for brewing tea. The cool, refreshing flavor of the leaves is also delicious in vinegars and jelly. Herbalists have long relied on peppermint as a powerful healing agent, particularly for soothing the stomach and treating colds. Appropriate for all growing zones.
Spearmint: Wonderfully fragrant, refreshing spearmint (Mentha spicata) is the mint of choice for mojitos, teas, fruit salads and mint jelly. As a natural herbal remedy, spearmint tea is known to soothe the stomach. The hardy perennial is very easy to grow and produces abundant quantities of vivid green, serrated leaves for harvesting. Appropriate for all growing zones.
Italian Large Leaf Basil: Enjoy fresh-from-the-garden pesto all spring and summer with this cold-hardy variety of basil (Ocimum basilicum). Very easy to grow, the annual yields an abundant harvest of extra-large, aromatic green leaves you can use fresh or dried to season vegetables, pizza, tomato sauces and salads. Basil is also known as a powerful antioxidant and has been used by herbalists to treat colds, curb indigestion and boost the immune system. Appropriate for all growing zones.
Italian Oregano: This staple in Italian cuisine is a must in your herb garden, useful fresh or dried for seasoning everything from salad dressings to pizza to spaghetti sauce to pickled olives. Milder in flavor than Greek oregano, Italian oregano (Origanum majoricum) is rich in antioxidants and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for flu and cold symptoms. Easy to grow, it makes an especially attractive container plant. Appropriate for all growing zones.
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