Simply Healthy Family: Recycled Indoor Herb Garden

11.6.10

Recycled Indoor Herb Garden


It's getting pretty hot here in the Arizona desert. Actually, it's been pretty hot for over a month already! My poor little garden is shriveling in this heat. My tomatoes are looking more like sun-dried tomatoes. My strawberries look like tiny dehydrated strawberries. I thought I would rescue my herb garden before I had a ton of dried up herbs. I have always wanted a nice indoor herb garden in my kitchen. One with a good variety of herbs so that I would always have several choices when preparing meals.

Now, what to put all of these herbs into? I certainly didn't want to go out and buy a bunch of little pots. So I threw around a few ideas and then it hit me. I have a ton of formula cans lying around and they would be perfect! I hate throwing things like that away. Especially jars, bottles, boxes etc. I try to re-use them for craft storage, screws and nails, crayons, beans, grains, pasta, snacks etc. As it turns out, they ended up being perfect for my little indoor herb garden. The formula cans are the perfect size to simply slip the herbs into. I used my bigger cans to transplant my basil and thyme which grow rapidly and I use frequently. The small cans will contain the herbs so they don't take over my kitchen. I bought a few new herbs to add to the family
and the little pots slip perfectly into the cans leaving an inch on the bottom for drainage.







So, I painted 2 coats of paint, let dry, labeled with stickers and sprayed with a non-toxic gloss sealer, let dry outside then transplanted my herbs. For the big cans I cut scrapbook paper and used MOD PODGE to adhese it to the cans. Then I aplied a second layer of MOD PODGE over the top of the paper to give it a pretty matte look and protective sealant. I love my MOD PODGE! ;-)






 

Herbs need to have WELL DRAINED SOIL! So for the herbs I bought I left in the pots they came in which already had drainage holes and they fit right into my cans. When I water them, I empty any water which has dripped into the bottom of the can. This was perfect since it eliminated any water damage to my curio. The big cans needed drainage holes so I punched several into the bottom with a screwdriver, added a bit of gravel so the soil wouldn't flow out then transplanted my herbs.




 

LOOK WHAT THE BOYS AND I FOUND HIDING IN OUR ROSEMARY! CAN YOU SEE HIM?







Herbs need AT LEAST SIX HOURS OF SUNLIGHT A DAY!! So place close to a window that gets a lot of sun. Preferably in your kitchen for easy access at meal times. These little pots will dry out quickly so remember to water frequently, but let dry out in between waterings.




 




 




 





 







 



 



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16 comments:

  1. These look so cute. You can probably make them with breadcrumb cans too... these look like purchased in the store awesome.

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  2. wow you are so talented and creative, I love this idea...thanks for sharing

    sweetlife

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  3. THanks to both of you!
    Yes, any can or jar could be re-cycled into a planter. My baby is just out of formula and all these cans were just begging to be used!

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  4. I grow my own herbs too but in regular pots...yours are so adorable!!!

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  5. Oh my goodness! What a smile this brought to my face. You are so creative, and I love how those herbs look lined up on the cabinet. Just so creative and I'm sure very useful in the kitchen.

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  6. What a fun idea! You are so creative!

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  7. those are fantastic gwen!!! really, really cute. and, i LOVE the chest of drawers. so beautiful.

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  8. those are fantastic gwen!!! really, really cute. and, i LOVE the chest of drawers. so beautiful.

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  9. What a fun idea! You are so creative!

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  10. Did you remove the label before painting? When i did that the part of the label that's glued ripped and exposed cardboard on the can? Any suggestions?

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    1. I did not remove the label befor painting.

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  11. Thank you. Is there a specific paint you recommend? Which kind of paint did you use?

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  12. Your welcome ;) I used small bottles of acrylic craft paint found at most craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

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  13. Anonymous7/15/2015

    Saw this on Pinterest and love this idea. Did you create the lettering and stickers for the cans? If so what program did you use to create them?

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    1. Hi, the stickers and labels I found at a craft store.

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