Take your fresh herbs indoors before it gets too cold! Today I'm sharing how to make an indoor herb garden out of items you already have at home so you can enjoy the flavors year-round.
As much as I hate to admit it, summer is winding down and that means gardening season is winding down as well. I usually sob a little inside when my outdoor herb tower gets hit with the first frost. I use fresh herbs year-round, but it is so much easier when I'm growing them myself. Those little herb packets at the store just aren't the same as pulling them out of your garden!
I thought that this year I'd try growing them inside for the cold season and created this simple indoor herb garden in a basket using easy supplies you might already have!
For a little extra fun and whimsy I added some simple DIY foil plant tags! Aren't they cute?
For this project you'll need fresh herbs of your choice, a basket (I always seem to have these lying around the house!) and some sort of watertight container that fits inside of the basket. I found a small, galvanized container at my local craft store, but feel free to get creative. Cheap pots or even plastic wear from the kitchen are options.
Indoor Herb Garden Supplies:
- Some sort of Pot
- Glad™ Standard Aluminum Foil
- Potting Soil
I'm using Glad™ Standard Aluminum Foil for this project because of its versatility in the kitchen and beyond. This stuff is literally part of my everyday life! I use it in the kitchen to keep pans clean, line cookie sheets, cover dishes or even to cook in foil packets! The hubs uses it for the grill all the time.
Glad™ Foil is 30% stronger than other leading foils, meaning I can use it for the toughest of jobs from the freezer to the oven or even my crazy crafting ideas.
How To Make An Indoor Herb Garden
The first thing I did was make some drainage holes in my make shift pot. I used a screwdriver and a hammer to get these.
Next I added some rocks to the bottom. That helps with the drainage and keeps the soil from just falling out of those holes.
I then planted my herbs! I used rosemary and basil because I use them most in my kitchen, but feel free to use any herb.
Note: I would NOT try to do cilantro with this. It needs to be reseeded and is harder to grow.
I then used my Glad™ Foil to line my basket!
Glad™ Standard Aluminum Foil is easy to work with in the kitchen or with DIY because of it's handy "pull up" cutting feature that gets a clean cut every time AND a Ready Edge which makes it easy for me to grab the next time.
It also has these cool thumb dots on the side of the box for easy opening and keeping the foil from just falling out of the box. Plus you can't go wrong with the stay-closed lid!
I lined the basket to keep the basket dry when I water it. You'll need to pour the water that collects inside out at least once a week!
Next I place the pot inside the basket and start on my DIY foil plant tags!
Supplies for Plant Tags:
Kabob sticks (metal or wood)
To make the tags I fold the foil into a rectangle. It needs to be several layers thick. Next I use the sticks to "write" on the foil. I don't have awesome handwriting, but feel free to get creative here! Finally I poke a couple of holes in the side of the foil and thread the kabob stick through them.
If you used metal sticks, you could even use this idea outside next spring!
You can either leave the basket plain...
Can't you just smell that fresh basil!
... or add a sweet bow for a homier look depending on your decor. Feel free to modify the style of basket as well to match your style!
Adding the bow would also make this a great gift! Just sayin...
I took my basket indoors and placed it next to my kitchen window so it can get sun.
I'll also be able to pour off any water that collects in the foil easily.
You will want to water the herbs lightly every 2-3 days. Don't over water!
The foil tags and ribbon are just the right touch for my kitchen!
I hope you get a chance to make this fun simple project! I'm looking forward to using fresh herbs through the winter.
Like this idea? I'd love it if you could pin this image or the DIY foil tag pin above to your favorite board. Thank you!
Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing a few ways to update your wardrobe for Fall without breaking the bank!
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