2.09.2014

MINI HERB GARDEN IN A BASKET*

hello all, and happy new week. i hope your weekend was superb.
min was rather crafty, and as i had told you last friday, i have a special project to share with you again. being in a process of minimizing clutter, i decided it was time to do something to gather my little herb garden that you have befriended here on s/ch. before, every little plant was in a separate little pot, but that was taking up a lot of valuable space and i felt it was suffocating my petit plants.
i had been long considering the idea of a window box but i wanted something slightly different, and i won't be throwing all little pots away. for example, mint needs to be alone because it spreads like wild. while cleaning up the apartment, i came across a pretty, narrow basket and well, we will be turning it into a planter! it is upcycling and decluttering in one. are you ready?
firstly, lay a newspaper on your work surface because this will get messy.
take the basket and match a piece of garbage bag that you will cut and later place inside as a waterproof lining.
and then take the duct tape and cut straps as long as the four sides of your basket.
fold in the edges of the bag and begin to tape in place, like in the picture below.
after your lining is secured in place, begin to cover the entire area with tape.
then add some brown paper shreds or even better, pebbles and a layer of nice, healthy soil. i avoid anything that labels extra food, or has chemical fertilizers in it. you can find a bag at any home depot for a good price, or at your local garden shop.
then begin to add your plants one by one:
and fill around with more soil while pressing everything into place.
in my wee basket i planted these precious little ones:
finally, as soon as you are done water slowly and carefully till everything is nice and moist. this way you make sure that water has reached deep down to the roots of your plants.
guess what?
it is time to place it on our window sill...
and style it! that is the most fun part of it all.
in case you are wondering, i have trimmed my oregano and rosemary by advice i recieved on how to revive them because winter seemed to take a toll on their strength. soon they will be bustling with energy again and i cannot wait!
also, if you need a revision, i made a video of the tutorial too!
this project gathered my little kitchen helpers in one group, while freeing a lot of space where i can store more books and little things in jars as well as add a candle or two for my night time ritual. it is wonderful to dim the lights by lighting a couple of candles before bed.

i hope you all enjoyed this week's home design project as much as i did! if you decide to give it a try let me know how it went. in addition, tell me how do you like to style your plants? what kind do you keep?

xoxo

5 comments:

Raissa said...

This is awesome! I've always wanted to try growing my own herbs.
http://theleatherfannypack.tumblr.com/

Beauty Follower said...

Αυτη ειναι ποιότητα ζωής,
να εχεις την ριγανή στο σπίτι σου :)

Καλή εβδομάδα... στην Αθηνα εχει πολυυυυ ηλιο!

Shoko said...

this is the cutest! such a great idea!

Tiffany said...

raissa, you should go for it and if there are any questions feel free to ask!
beauty, haha i love oregano, will be planting a new one in march.

shoko, thank you so much! i am so glad you like it :)

Angelina Stroumpouli said...

My mom has made something like this!

xxx
Angelina - http://www.just-angelina.com/