Tuesday, May 10, 2011

An Upcycled Herb Garden... Anywhere


This is my favorite time of the year!  If I could be in the garden all day, I would be.  I've added two flower gardens to my yard, decked out the patio and have quite the vegetable garden growing in the field behind the house.  There's not a lot of room left to do much more, but I found a way and thought I'd share it with readers.   Yep, that's it over there on the left side of the page.  I love how rustic it looks and that I can put it anywhere.

Here's what you'll need:
* Soup cans (cleaned and labels/glue removed)
* Spray paint
* Chalk board paint (and chalk)
* Paint brush
* Twine (optional)
* Drill





First things first, drill two holes in the bottom of each soup can for drainage


And one just under the rim for attaching your twine should you choose to hang your herbs (optional):


Now spray paint your cans with the color of your choosing:


Once your cans are dry add a strip of chalkboard paint, you'll probably need two coats:


Add your plants:


Use a piece of chalk to label your herb:
You can stop here and decorate your patio or window ledge with individual herb pots or you can string a piece of twine through each can and tie it off.  You'll want each piece to be a little longer than the one before it so they form a tiered effect once hung. Then just tie all of the lengths together forming a loop that can be hung from anywhere you please. You can also use these in the office or the kids playroom to store pens, markers, paint brushes, etc.

If you make a soup can herb garden, I'd love to see it.  Post a link below so we can all check it out.  Happy gardening!


42 comments:

  1. Thanks....now all I have to do is remember to water them! :)

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  2. This is really cute! I'm totally trying this in the spring :)
    It looks super easy and it's something the kids can help with. Great idea!

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  3. Yes the kids would love it....and if you wanted to do this in the middle of winter to could turn that hanging garden into a hanging playroom organizer. No holes required in the bottom and they could be used to vertically store paint brushes, markers, etc. :)

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  4. that's great, but i'm bad with plants :-( my tomatoes died on me....

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  5. Awe, so sad. If I'm being honest, I don't typically do well with tomatoes either. But my herbs have always been good to me! :)

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  6. Love this idea found on Pinterest. I'm going to make this to hang by my back door entryway in the spring...it would look so pretty with different types of thyme that would sort of cascade over the cans. Very cute idea!

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  7. I love thyme, so many pretty varieties!

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  8. What a lovely idea. Adding this to projects to do with the grand kids that are my enthusiast beginner gardeners. Thank you so much.

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    1. My pleasure. Hope the grand kids have a blast!

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  9. Just one question: Won't the rain and/or watering wash off the chalk labels?

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    1. Hey, Kellee. Over time you'll have to freshen up the labels but it holds up okay.

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  10. Planning on starting these soon! I'm so excited. Found you on Pinterest. Thank you.
    Also, linked to your post via my Pinned it: Did it carnival http://www.myownbeeswax.com/2012/03/pinned-it-did-it/

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  11. Hey SarahBee. I hope you enjoy your gardens, thanks for the blogpost...though I do wonder, if you have NINE hooks, why only ONE hanging garden? ;)

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  12. This is such a cute idea and would be fun to to with children.. I love it! Good way to repurpose cans!

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    1. Thanks Only in LA. Definitely fun for kids of all ages!

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  13. This is an AWESOME idea! Now I will not have to walk out to the garden in the middle of cooking supper :) This is definitely a future project for me.

    I liked it so much we actually featured you today over at http://www.redeemingcreations.com/

    You can check out the post at http://www.redeemingcreations.com/2012/03/from-cans-to-herb-garden.html

    Thanks

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    1. Thanks for the re-post Carrie! And enjoy your more convenient home grown cooking!

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  14. How about a picture of how it looks six months later?

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    1. Mine looked great before I left them behind with my neighbor before I moved. Well, a couple of the herbs needed replacing but the cans were in great shape. Give it a try!

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  15. Neat idea! I don't buy much in cans, but I did something similar with the soft equivalent packaging I saved from my last vegetable stock purchases.

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  16. I luv it! Thanks for sharing :)

    ` Jill

    http://www.frugalplus.com/

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  17. This would be perfect for creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com. Please join us!

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  18. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #21 :)
    Have a great week!!

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    1. Thanks, Tina. Hope your readers enjoy it!

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  19. What a great idea! I love growing my own herbs during the summer (on my balcony). So fresh, tasty and of course organic. Perfect! Thank you for sharing.

    Found you through Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop by the way.

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  20. Great idea for keeping your herbs close at hand for cooking :) Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!!!

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    1. Hope to see you tomorrow on the next Creative HomeAcre hop! I love having you share your posts with us!
      http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop-4.html

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  21. I like this so much. Pinned to my int he garden board Sorry I'm late getting here...thank you for adding your wonderful blog to the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo

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  22. This is a GREAT idea! I have been worried to plant herbs as I have tons of chipmunks and squirrels here. So this is PERFECT! I am hosting today at http://www.frugalfitfamily.com and would love it if you shared this!

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    1. Thanks for the invite, Heather. All linked up!

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  23. I love it! Oh my you sound so much like me with your gardening. Not only is it so cute and would great on anyone's porch or deck it is functional. Save ya a trip out to the garden when you are making dinner and forget an herb. Visiting from Mommy's Manic Mon. Have a great week! Love, Wanda

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    1. I love 'em and they are so easy! Thanks for dropping in!

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  24. What a great idea for a hanging garden. They are so cute also!

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