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.
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.