thrifty indoor herbal garden made from up-cycled vegetable cans
Welcome to May's Pinterest Challenge!
The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I knew I wanted to do something with container gardening. When I was cleaning out the tomato sauce and olive cans it suddenly hit me-- kitchen herb garden!
Immediately I went to my Gardening: In the Kitchen board because I was pretty sure I had pinned some ideas on how to upcycle vegetable cans into pots. Sure enough I had a couple but it is this one I liked the most.
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But that wasn't the only picture that inspired me. I also fell pretty hard for Melissa's painted Terra-cotta pot over @browndogvintage where she added two wooden tags that read hi.
After finishing cleaning the cans and making sure they were completely dried, I took them out to the wood shed and gave them a couple of coats of Rust-oleum's Satin Vintage Teal.
In between coats I worked on the wooden labels which were made from an old meter stick.
Just cut them about an 1.5 inches (more an eyeball of what I wanted). I used a miter saw. For safety, I anchored the meter stick with another piece of wood; this way my hand remained in the safe zone.
From there I gave the wood squares a couple coats of Waverly's Matte Finish ivory chalk paint.
Back to the tin cans. After the paint had dried, a simple white-wash treatment was given to them with the same chalk paint used on the wooden squares. But wait...there's more. Before the paint dried I used a paper towel to lightly swipe some of the paint off which gave them this look:
To finish off the herbal labels, placed each in a vice grip and used the cordless drill and bit to drill holes. Also drilled a hole in the can for the jute twine to pass through.
I wish I knew how to print labels or had a label maker. Instead I hand wrote each of the labels.
To plant your herbs first fill the bottom with some rock or pebbles about a 1/2 inch. This is your drainage...think well for potted plants. Add some potting soil, then your herb and finish by adding more soil. Mine are starts I pulled from the outside garden which is why you see that succulent with the oregano. I've had luck with Basil too.
Turning trash into a pretty functional item is pretty awesome. You can read more here if you want to see other ways The Olympic Nest has turned trash to treasure.
Oh, and because I was having so much fun with these three cans I decided to make another one.
We were so young!
So many possibilities for reusing/repurposing cans. What have you done to upcycle something?
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