3 Innovative Ways to Design an Herb Garden Using Recycled Goods

If you are living in a small apartment and want to grow your own culinary herbs, then please have a look at our creative ideas on herb garden design.

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.

Key Points:

  • Repurposed materials like tins, cartons and crates can become herb planters.
  • Clean and paint the containers to make attractive, functional garden pots.
  • Include drainage and use quality potting soil suited for containers.
  • Choose compact culinary herbs like thyme and chives.
  • Arrange the homemade herb planters creatively on porches or windowsills.

Tin-Can Herb Garden

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  • 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

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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

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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, just browse my site and get inspired.
Repurposing everyday items like tins, cartons and crates into miniature herb gardens is a creative, eco-friendly way to grow herbs anywhere. With a bit of imagination and effort, these recycled containers become charming planters bursting with homegrown flavor. Painted and arranged artfully, they allow those with limited space to enjoy fresh herbs and add welcoming greenery. The satisfaction of crafting inventive herb gardens using reused materials is matched only by the joy of snipping garden-fresh basil, oregano or chives for your next meal.

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