Saturday, April 17, 2010

Earth Day Herb Garden

Herb Garden in Tin Cans
Its a perfect time to teach kids about Reusing and Recycling. Coincidentally, it is also very frugal to Re-Use! Thats always an added bonus for us moms. (And my little girl is always up for "Crafting.") This little Herb Garden is going to be nice to cook with all summer.

What you need:
empty tin cans
herb plants or seeds
potting soil
paper (trimmed to the size of your cans)
popsicle sticks
mod podge and a brush

Start by cleaning out the cans and taking their outer paper off.  Paint mod-podge onto the cans and cover them with decorative paper. 

Once the decorative paper is on, cover the outside of the it with mod podge as well.  This will protect the paper if it gets wet while watering the herbs.

Print out the names of your herbs, cut, and mount onto chipboard (and cute paper, if you want to!).   Paint them with mod podge to protect them from water.   Use tape or glue to adhere them to popsicle sticks.
Turn the cans upside down and poke holes with a nail and hammer so the water can drain.

Cover the bottom of the cans with small rocks (We went across the street and gathered some from an empty lot.), then fill the cans partially with potting soil.  

Plant your herbs and then fill the cans almost to the top with more soil.  If you use seeds, follow the instructions on the packet.
This is such an easy project to do with the kids.  It is useful and cute too!
I cant wait to cook with them! 
Happy Earth Day Super Mommies!


  1. Wonderful plants. I have been wanting to grow herbs in my kitchen. I picked some up and had them in the cart the other day and decided to put them back. Thanks for the nudge and the cute container idea. I am really pumped up now!

  2. I love all of you ideas - Thank you for sharing them. I was wondering, what software do you use to put the "signature" across your pictures. I have a blog, and I would like to add this feature to my photo's! Once again thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

  3. Awesome idea! I really wanted to do a little herb garden this year and my husband didnt want to buy a bunch of pots so this will be perfect. Thanks!

  4. This is such a cute idea! I'm sharing your link to this on my blog tomorrow....very cute!

  5. Angela,

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