Sunday Arts and Crafts #6

In honor of Earth Day earlier this week, today’s arts and crafts project is extra planet friendly, and city friendly too!  A tin can herb garden is super easy to make and keep up with, and you don’t need a yard to do it.

First, get some cans.  Any sturdy tin can works great, I used some normal sized soup cans and a larger can for my bigger plant.

Remove the labels, rinse them out, and dry them.

Using a sharp object and something heavy, poke two small holes in the bottom of the can.  This keeps the plants from drowning when you water them.

That’s it, your new planters are all set up.  If you want to paint them, first give them a coat of gesso and finish them with a sealer so the paint doesn’t chip off.

Now it’s time to get your herbs!  I got mine at Whole Foods and they were all in great condition upon purchase.  Sometimes herbs and other plants can look a little wilted at the store, but will come back to life quickly with a little love.  I picked two small pots, one mint and one rosemary, and one large bucket of basil.  I use basil and rosemary a lot when I cook, and I chose mint because it’s really easy to grow in this climate.

Gently remove the plant from its temporary container.  Do this by kind of squeezing the container, poking the plant from the holes in the bottom of the container, and just coaxing it out any way you can.  The roots will be really tight, so most of  it should come out in one chunk.

Set the plant aside for a second and scoop the excess soil into a small, packed layer in the bottom of your can.  Make sure it’s moist so your herbs aren’t thirsty when they get moved to their new home.

Grab your plant.  Gently squeeze the roots all over to loosen things up a little, then place it in your can.

Fill any excess space with left over or new soil and pack down tightly.

Yay! First plant done!

Now repeat with your other plants.

Do some research on what amount of sunlight your herbs like and find a nice place for them to live, either on a window sill, a balcony, or wherever!

Here’s some info on each of the herbs I planted:

Basil:

“Basil grows best when it is very hot, and when the soil is allowed to go dry between waterings. Overwatering this plant will cause a serious lack of flavor, and may even kill the plant. Of course, it does need to be watered, and you shouldn’t let the soil stay bone-dry. But going a day or two between waterings is good for basil.  You should harvest the larger, darker leaves, as they have the most flavor.”

Container Gardening Tips

Mint:

“Put the plant next to a window or in the garden. Mint can bare lots of sunlight, however some shadow will do too. In fact, mint is a plant that is very mild in the conditions it requires.
Supply your mother mint plant with enough water: unlike other plants, mint needs a lot of water. You do not need to water it the whole day long; I do it only once a day or twice if necessary. Just make sure the soil is always humid.
A dead mint plant probably hasn’t received enough water or sunlight. You can recover such a plant by putting it in the sun and by adding enough water. Be gentle however: a dead mint plant cannot absorb as much water as a grown one.”

– Patrick de Pinguin

Rosemary:

“Rosemary, like most other herbs, thrives in full sun. When the weather starts to get cooler and there is a danger of frost, move the plant inside. Water rosemary only when the soil is dry. The herb does not tolerate soggy soil very well. Also, keep it well-ventilated to prevent mildew from appearing in the soil or on the leaves. Place the herb plant near an open window for an hour or so per day if the weather allows, or aim a fan at it.”

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