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3 Innovative Ways to Design an Herb Garden Using Recycled Goods

Growing your own culinary herbs is a redemptive feat of self-sufficiency. It not only saves you money but also shrink the footprint of your evening meals. If you are someone who is new to gardening or have a limited space to work with, you can plants herbs in the following most creative recycled materials that will work for your balcony, windowsill or backyard.

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Tin-Can Herb Garden

  • Gather some old empty quality tins from your kitchen. Clean them and they’re all set to be filled.
  • Paint these tins with different colors. Use your imagination and draw decorative patterns on them. Use a chalkboard paint to draw a rectangle or circle on the front to label each tin using chalk. You can also use neon colors to make them more attractive.
  • Choose your favorite culinary herbs seedlings and plant them in their respective tins.
  • For water drainage, it’s not essential to cut a hole at the bottom of the tin, just form a small layer of pebbles at the base of each tin.
  • Once you are done placing the herb seedlings, just keep them in a sequence in your windowsill and let them grow.

Carton Herb Garden

  • Empty a juice or milk carton and clean it. Keep it upside down and dry it.
  • Measure 5inches from the bottom of the carton and mark it with a permanent marker.
  • Use a sharp exacto knife and cut along the line that you drew with a marker pen.
  • Cover the whole carton with a strong duct tape to provide better stability.
  • Use a linen or canvas fabric and cut it into 1inch strips and using a hot glue cover the entire surface of the carton box with it,
  • Now using the same knife, make holes at the top at all four sides and attach the strings.
  • Put nutrient rich soil and pot your culinary herb
  • Hang them from a railing using a hook or a peg

Wine Crate Herb Garden

  • You can buy wine crates from a store, they usually sell it for $5, or if you already have one that’s even better.
  • Now, fix these wine crates for stability. These crates are generally of low quality and the wood used is thin and the pieces are not nailed properly. So apply glue on all sides and using a hammer, nail any loose edges.
  • For decoration, spray the crate with your favorite paint color. However, see that whatever you do to decorate is organic as toxic can be harmful especially if you want to grow edible herbs in the crate.
  • Add drainage holes at the bottom of the crate using a drilling machine.
  • Fill the wine crate with the soil; prefer using potting soil purchased from nursery than using the soil from your garden.
  • Plant your herbs you’ve bought and put attractive plant labels on the crate.

Looking For More Creative Ideas?

If you are living in a small apartment, then these innovative herb garden designs will truly add beauty to your home décor. For more ideas on how to design an herb garden, click here.