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Plant a Grillside Kitchen Garden

Snip garden-fresh herbs from potted plants right next to your grill for super fresh, super delicious summer meals.
  • Summer Satisfaction

    Gardening season is also dining alfresco season. Planting a little herb graden in several containers brings the two together so that you can enjoy summer flowers and fresh herbs while you hang around the BBQ or patio table. A tall, potted kitchen garden offers herbs and edible flowers within clipping distance from your grill. 

    The materials are simple to assemble. Consider the dimensions of your grill area and choose chimney flue tiles that will make an attractive grouping. An odd number seems to look best, and several heights gives the grill garden more interest. 

    To add color, plant annual flowers that bloom all summer alongside herbs to season grilled chicken, fish, burgers, and vegetables. Once you get home with your flue tiles and plants, this garden will be ready for a party in about 20 minutes. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Materials

    • Chimney flue tiles (an odd number in various shapes and sizes)
    • Protective gloves
    • Shredded-wood mulch
    • Potting soil
    • Fertilizer or compost, optional
    • Plants (a selection of edible flowers and herbs)
    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Step 1

    Set the flue tiles up on end around your grilling station. Large rectangular tiles are naturally suited to making a corner to define the space. Smaller tiles nestle comfortably in front of larger ones. Cluster the tiles together or use them to ouline a larger space, setting one at each corner of a patio or positioning them as an inviting entrance to the area.

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Step 2

    Wearing gloves, fill the largest tiles about halfway with wood mulch. Wood chips provide great drainage for the flue tiles and reduce the amount of potting soil needed to fill them. Over time, the wood breaks down and incorporates into the soil. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018
  • Step 3

    Fill the tiles with potting soil, mixing in organic fertilizer or compost if desired. Add the plants. Large tiles (up to 24 inches wide) easily hold two plants each. Water well and you're done. Add fresh potting soil every spring to top off the containers and replant as needed. 

    Date Published: May 9, 2018
    Date Updated: August 17, 2018

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