Are You Ready To Try Your Hand At Uprooting And Transferring Herbs?

We’ve been trying our hand at growing all sorts of herbs at different stages and areas of the household.

When springtime hits, we always get kind of “dizzy” about us being able to just snip the herbs we want to use in our dishes, instead of having to buy a bunch of them at the store with most of them eventually ending up in the compost or simply thrown away in the garbage because freshness matters, right?

We’re trying to grow a little bit of everything this season in case some of them don’t take hold at all, or some of them take longer than others.

Some plants we are growing from seed, like this happy “trio planter” of rosemary, sage and thyme:


Basil, dill and chives are in our front yard planters:


We also supplied and planted basil and cilantro “duo planter”:


Finally, we can’t forget our recent addition of Pesto Perpetuo basil we planted in our front lawn just last Sunday:


Our focal point today is how we grabbed several mature herb plants from the other house and replanted them in containers to have them over here at our new house.

We had 2 big whiskey barrels topped with various herbs from the other place, that had about 2 years to take root and establish tough plants that have held up to the full seasonality of Virginia’s year-round weather.

We uprooted the better portion of our rosemary, sage and mint plants, tossed them into plastic bags and brought them back down to the city. It was kind of funny though.

When we got back home, we picked out 2 of the galvanized pails (we supplied them at the farm center) and I punched holes at the bottom to re-purpose them into unique planters and allow for drainage.

We planted the sage and rosemary plants in the 2 pails and we just love their smart look in their own little containers (instead of “jailed” together like before).

We also like the mobility options it gives us as we continue to figure out the best areas for growing them around the house.


After the transplant was completed, we snipped off any dead matter, trimmed up each plant just a tad and gave them a good soaking to promote strong root growth in their new homes.

image013We decided to plant the mint in one of 3 hanging wall planters we have under our back landing that were left by the previous owners.

We’ve had a hard time deciding what should go in those planters since that space really doesn’t really get a lot of sunshine.

However, remembering that plants harvested for their leaves (for cooking purposes) are fine for shade, we just went on with it. Splendid!

Also, since mint can tend to grow “like crazy”, we still have some of it left in the planter from the other house in the event things go awry. Since mint can spread out pretty crazily, we are glad to have it contained to its own planter as well.


Here they are a week after the transfer — perking up finely! And who could guess that these suburban plants would take to city living so well!

We all have flowering bulbs in our families that we’d like to dig up and bring over to the new households too.

Just wait until the blooms die out since that is the right time to dig them up, allowing them to get cozy and strong over the next season in their new dwelling before blooming next spring.

To make a long story short, we were really excited to bring a little piece of our old home over to our new space as we continue to try to make it more and more our own that is customized.

We’d love to hear if you have also dug up and transferred plants that have special meaning to you when you moved or if you have a patch of bulbs with long-standing history.

Plants can also evoke wonderful memories, so take good care of them and keep your memories green!


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