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Grow Your Own Kitchen Countertop Herb Garden

This compact kitchen herb garden ensures all the fresh seasonings you need for a savory Italian dinner are just a snip away. Six hours of sunlight a day and minimal care are all these hardy plants require to provide tasty herbs year round.

Sam Henderson, Today's Nest
Countertop Kitchen Herb Garden Water needs vary between the herbs so be sure to read each plant's care tag. Ensure that every plant receives enough sunlight by rotating them frequently.

Materials Needed:

  • 6 used food cans in a variety of sizes
  • 2 basil plants
  • 1 rosemary plant
  • 1 thyme plant
  • 1 oregano plant
  • 1 parsley plant
  • ribbon
  • card stock
  • old fork
  • small scissors
  • large terra-cotta saucer
  • river rock or pebbles
  • potting soil
  • drill with small drill bit
  • rubbing alcohol
  • twine or string
  • Download: Italian Herb Garden Tags

Prep Cans

Wash cans thoroughly and allow to dry. Use rubbing alcohol to remove any ink that has been stamped on the cans (Image 1). Set the smallest can aside (this will be used later to keep scissors for snipping the herbs handy) then flip the remaining five cans over and drill several evenly spaced holes in the bottom for drainage (Image 2).

  • Tin Can Close-Up
  • Drilling Holes in Bottom of Tin Cans

Prep Saucer

Fill terra-cotta saucer with a level layer of river rock and small pebbles to catch any drainage.

  • Filling a Saucer With Pebbles
  • Pebble Filled Saucer

Add Herbs

Fill the bottom of the five cans with a shallow layer of rocks for drainage (Image 1); top this with a layer of potting soil, only filling each can two-thirds full (Image 2). Finally, remove herbs from their pots and loosen the roots slightly by breaking them gently apart with your fingers. Add both basil plants to the largest can then plant the remaining herbs in the other four cans (Image 3). Fill in around each plant with more potting soil if necessary.

  • Filling Cans With Rocks
  • Filling Cans With Potting Soil
  • Potting Plants in Tins

Assemble Herb Garden

Give all the plants a good watering (Image 1). Arrange the cans on the terra-cotta saucer, placing them near a sunny window that gets a minimum six hours of sunlight a day. Add the smallest can to the front center, and use it to keep small scissors handy for snipping herbs. Wrap a length of ribbon around all the cans and tie together to secure. Print then cut out the plant labels and tie each around its respective can with twine or string. Finally, slide the printed greeting through the tines of an old fork (Image 2) and add it to the smallest can (Image 3).

  • Watering Herbs
  • Kitchen Herb Garden Close-Up
  • Countertop Kitchen Herb Garden
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