So I love having fresh herbs to add daily to our meals at home but I am so chicken when it comes to dealing with spiders and snakes – we have plenty of those here! We buy a lot of our herbs already dried and packaged but there are just some that are best fresh. A DIY indoor herb garden is my solution to all of that problem.
This entire project cost less than $40 – including the herbs. I thought about planting seeds but I’m usually pretty honest with myself and I love instant gratification when I can get it.
The metal container cost me around $13 from Marshalls. They had so many to choose from so I let my husband pick from about 4 that I really liked. At that point he really couldn’t go wrong and I actually love what he chose. This one had more character with all of the rope detail.
It didn’t come with any holes for drainage so we added some. And to be totally honest I let my DH handle that part because his drill is super heavy duty and I know my limitations when it comes to handling some tools. We figured one hole per plant would suffice.
I added some pea gravel before putting in dirt for a million and one reasons but ultimately I don’t want dirt falling through or bugs crawling up since this is going to be traveling between our kitchen and back patio.
Love how this started to fill in with just a few herbs.
We planted lemon thyme (good for seasoning fish and repelling mosquitoes); lemon balm (also good for cooking, teas and repelling insects); rosemary (so many uses for this herb like infusing herb oils, adding to dishes like roasted potatoes or creating natural disinfectant); sweet basil (used in a lot of the dishes I make, including tossing it with fresh salads) and mint (love using fresh mint in teas and adding to my cucumber water).
So this was slightly messier than I cared for – dirt under the nails is no fun – but I love the final results and I had enough supplies leftover to add my new citronella plant and an extra lemon balm plant to a large pot we decided to reuse since it’s no longer fit for cooking with.
Love the way these turned out – makes me wish I had some more old pots to re-purpose.