Another great theme garden idea is a Mediterranean style garden. Mediterranean herbs are both fragrant and delicious. They give wonderful flavor to sauces, marinades, salads, fish, poultry, pastas, etc., and can even be used to flavor butter, oil, vinegar, teas, and other beverages. Some of the most popular Mediterranean herbs are Thyme, Basil, Oregano, Bay Leaf, Rosemary, Lavender, Sage, Marjoram, Parsley, and Mint.
When you plant Mediterranean herbs, you will have a lush, aromatic garden. An interesting and creative idea for your garden is to plant them in containers that have a distinct Mediterranean style instead of ordinary plant pots. Greek and Italian olive oil cans make wonderful Mediterranean herb pots. They can be found in supermarkets and specialty stores.
Olive oil cans tend to be quite large, but you can also experiment with your Mediterranean garden by using cans that come in smaller sizes like cans of tomato paste, tomato sauce, pureed tomatoes, and whole peeled tomatoes.
Another good idea is to use cans of stuffed grape leaves, a Mediterranean specialty. These cans also come in different sizes. You can find the smaller ones in regular supermarkets, but Greek specialty food stores carry larger sizes.
A collection of these various colorful cans in their different sizes make a really creative and attractive Mediterranean herb garden. And they don't even require that much space which is great if you don't have a large backyard. The cans can be arranged on patios, balconies, and even window sills for a charming little Mediterranean flavored garden.
When the cans are empty, remove the tops with a can opener and wash them out thoroughly. Punch drainage holes on the bottom with nails and a hammer. You can apply clear varnish to the outside of the cans to prevent rusting. Be very careful of the sharp edges after you remove the top of the cans, especially when you're washing them out and also planting your herbs. For protection, you can try putting heavy duty masking tape on the inside edges of the cans to cover those sharp tin edges.
* The olive oil garden photo is courtesy of Tessa Evelegh - Herbcrafts.
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