Reusing Our Plastic: Self-Watering Herb Garden
This project is an easy answer to a windowsill herb garden. Herb gardens like a lot of sunshine, with the combination of sun and slightly lean soil causing the oils, the fragrance and the flavor of the herbs to intensify. PLUS this project just needs a few of those plastic containers from your recycling bin!
Regularly watering your plant is important, as is good drainage. The self-watering garden ensures that the soil stays moist but not overly wet and the plastic opening allows for water to pass straight through. Keep it to one herb per bottle as the plant needs room to grow and spread.
The kitchen might be the best windowsill for your herb garden (assuming it gets light!) as it is in an easily accessible spot to constantly pinch leaves and use them regularly. Picking from the herb helps to send out new growth and keep the plant going.
Liz likes to plant green herbs in her garden, like lettuce, spinach, and parsley, making them easily accessible and ready to use at lunchtime. She shows us how to keep parsley on hand and right at our fingertips:
WHAT YOU NEED:
- One plastic bottle – we used a flat-bottomed apple juice bottle
- Seedling – we used parsley
- Duct Tape
- Potting Soil – we like Organic Mechanic
- Mesh Material – we used fly screen material
SOAK your plastic bottle to help make the labels easier to remove.
REMOVE the labels on either side of your bottle.