W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm watercolour paper 12″ × 8″
Herbs on a shelf in my potting shed (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.
- Bob Marley

Herbs can be grown indoors and out so the choice of where to plant them is a personal choice. Many people prefer to grow their herbs in their kitchen where they can be easily accessed during cooking. You can buy herbs as seedlings at any nursery or garden centre, or you can choose to start your plants from seeds.

If you are starting from seeds, just about any small container will do. If I’m going to be panting the herbs outside at a later stage, I normally start them off in egg shells filled with a bit of potting soil, put in my seeds and when they’re big enough, plant them outside shell and all.

I have quite a collection of various sizes of Terracotta pots, and the small ones are ideal for sowing some seeds for a kitchen window sill. This way you always have fresh herbs at hand and it also makes a nice display.

Some of my favourites are Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Basil, Chives, Garlic and Mint.

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • inkedsandra
    inkedsandraalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much Sandra, appreciate that fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    A wonderful image and a good reminder that I want to plant some herbs. (I’m a great procrastinator.)

  • Ha ha! Have you also got a list, like me? Glad you like it Dot and thank you for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    Vrolik!! ;-)

  • Dankie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 3 years ago

    THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING YOUR WORK TO The Tools Group 2 per day.

  • Patsy Smiles
    Patsy Smilesalmost 3 years ago

    This is lovely. Would look really good framed and hung in the kitchen.

  • Good idea Patsy! Thanks for your lovely comment, appreciate your visit!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 3 years ago

    I got a little tickled when I saw your Bob Marley quote… you’re not growing the kind of herb he’s referring to are you? Right now Barbara has had me drag most of her plants to the garage for the winter months.

  • Ha ha! Very funny Jim! I knew somebody would pick up on that! Cannabis is actually such a pretty little plant, I could consider it, surely one, tiny little pot wouldn’t matter, would it…? The one on the left of my shelf might already qualify… It’s just a couple of weeks since I dragged all my plants out of the house, settling them in their various places on the patio and in the garden…. Tell Barbara good luck in looking after her children for another season!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellalmost 2 years ago

    beautiful work, Maree!

  • Wow, this is great Scott! Thank you for the feature, a lovely honour!

    – Maree Clarkson

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