10 Awesome Upcycled Herb Garden Ideas

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Growing your own food is a liberating feat of self-sufficiency. It also helps you save money and shrink the footprint of your nightly meals. If you’re new to gardening or have a small space to work with, growing your own herbs is an easy place to start.

10 upcycled herb garden projects that would be great to do this weekend!

Photo: Vanessa Opera/FoodOpera

To help you plant your new herb garden in style, check out these 10 awesome ideas made from recycled materials that will work for a windowsill, balcony or backyard.

1. Tin Can “Pizza Garden”

Themed kitchen gardens are an easy way to start growing ingredients for some of your favorite meals at home. To give it a try, simply choose a theme or recipe you cook often and plan your herb garden accordingly.

Graphics teacher and foodie Vanessa Opera, who operates the blog FoodOpera with her sister Ingrid, chose a “pizza garden” theme and planted herbs like oregano, sage and pizza thyme for use in the tasty Italian favorite.

Made from upcycled milk formula tins, her adorable planters are versatile enough for all types of herbs – meaning all that’s left to do is decide on your garden theme. Choose a general cuisine category, such as an Italian or Mexican theme, or go with something more specific like a fun “salsa garden.” Get creative!

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make these yourself at FoodOpera.

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      1. I am referring to the tea cup herb garden idea. It would be difficult to drill holes in a piece of bone china for drainage. Also most herbs grow quickly and get quite large. The plants would need to be transplanted into larger quarters very soon. Maybe you could put slow growing cacti in the tea cups with gravel on the bottom layer.

        1. Herbs do just fine with their roots submerged in water. I have an aquaponics system (fish tank + hydroponics) in which I’m growing lettuce, basil, and mint – all 3 are doing awesome in their little netted pots, and most of the roots system is constantly submerged. They’re still growing every day! The fish waste makes an excellent fertilizer.

          Now, if you were trying to grow tomatoes, no dice. With herbs, as long as you only water them a little bit so just the tips of the roots are submerged, they’ll do just fine. That will leave plenty of space in the drier dirt above the water line for the roots to breathe.

  1. Hi!
    I think this article is good for herb loving gardeners to get information about
    maintaining the garden.

  2. I was all jazzed up to do a tin can herb garden and then I thought about BPA leaching into the plants. I try not to eat canned foods. Instead, I collect cans from friends to repurpose (as candle holders, cutlery holders, etc.). I think I’ll forget about this now.

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