3. Wine Crate Balcony Garden
Set up on a fire escape in Manhattan’s West Village, this wine crate herb garden from creative couple Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith proves you don’t need loads of space (or money) to give the grow-your-own movement a try.
“Most wine stores will give away the crates for free,” Ratliff suggests on the couple’s blog, Smith & Ratliff. “We had our neighborhood hardware store drill a few holes in the bottom of the box for drainage and then planted away.”
The couple notes that not all wine crates are created equal, so you’ll have much better luck if you check out a few of their sourcing and planting tips before getting started.
Get step-by-step instructions for planting your wine crate garden at Smith & Ratliff.