#Digin with Home Depot and Strawberry Basil Lemonade

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.


Well, I have some bad news. It was my intention to show you how full and lush my wave petunias were looking in my new Home Depot planters.

However, since I planted my new flowers, we’ve had snow here twice. Twice. Seriously, I’ve lived in Kansas my whole life, and I’ve never experienced weather like this in April and May.  Fortunately, The Home Depot still has plenty of pentunias and other pretty annuals left.

planter collage

In fact, I was so excited after completing my original planter project, that I decided I wanted to fill up some other pots as well. And, since cooking is my true passion, I decided to plant some herbs.


Years ago when I moved into my very first little house, I thought it would be a great idea to plant a “little” herb garden.  I was in love with the idea of having fresh herbs on hand: chives, oregano, rosemary, and mint, just to name a few.  Now, if you’ve ever planted mint of your own, you’ll know what I’m talking about here:

Do not ever plant it directly in your garden area.

Always, always use a pot.  Unless, of course, you’re ready for the mint to take over your entire yard.


This time, I decided to plant just a few herbs (in pots!), and I chose some that I use most often in my kitchen in the spring and summer: basil, oregano and rosemary.  By using pots, I can ensure that my herbs don’t totally invade the rest of my garden area, and I can easily bring them inside if I need to.

How cute would a row of fresh herbs in small pots look as a centerpiece for your entertaining table in the summer?

basil collage

I decided to use some of my fresh basil to make a strawberry lemonade.  If you’re making this later in the season, add significantly more basil to your pitcher than what you see in my photograph – 30 degree temperatures aren’t conducive for rapidly growing plants.


If you’re not sure what type of container to choose for your own planting, ask an associate!  They’ll be glad to help answer all of your gardening questions.  And after you finish planting all of your garden items from The Home Depot, you can sit back, relax, and admire all of your hard work with one of these Strawberry Basil Lemonades in hand.


Strawberry Basil Lemonade
  • 1 cup strawberries, destemmed and hulled
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fresh squeezed juice (I used 4 very large lemons)
  • ½ cup simple syrup (see note below)
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 lemon, washed and sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  1. Purée the strawberries with about ¼ cup of the lemon juice in a blender on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Strain the purée through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher.
  2. Add the rest of your lemon juice, the simple syrup, water, lemon slices and basil leaves. Stir to incorporate. Chill for at least one hour before serving.
recipe from Serious Eats

* to make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool before using.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: serves 4

I had so much fun working on this project along with The Home Depot. I hope you enjoyed following along with me, and that seeing a few projects started by a brown-thumb gardener (that’s me!) has encouraged you to dig in to spring in your own yard.

I’m leaving you with this short video of Doodle, who isn’t nearly as camera shy as I am. He loved helping me with this project, and for me that was the best part – sharing some quality time together as a family!


It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need to #DigIn for Spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, they have great values on all you need. They’re ready to help you with renovation ideas and expert advice, too.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.



  1. Terry

    The lemonade sounds great. I’ve have thought about planting a few herbs, my first choice would be cilantro, but I always talk myself out of it. I tend to use living in an RV as an excuse but lots of RVers plant herbs as well as five gallon buckets of tomatoes and jalapenos. The real deal is – I have a black thumb, lol.
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    • Ashley

      Terry, cilantro is my favorite, but I’m the worst at keeping it alive through the season! So yeah, I know all about having a black thumb! 🙂

  2. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

    I love the strawberry-basil flavor combination. The lemonade looks great! I have a brown thumb too so I can totally relate to that, but I would like to try to grow some easy herbs. Maybe I will give it a try!
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