Herbs are the keys to flavor. There’s no shame in using dried herbs, but growing fresh herbs yourself is well worth the effort. Many herbs repel insects, pack great health benefits, and are pretty simple to maintain.
DIY: How To Make Porch Planters Using Salvaged Drawers and Porch Spindles. Don't know that I would make a planter out of these pieces but I love the concept. Maybe put a top on it with a hinge for hidden storage in a side table.