As Spring approaches, I’m already planning my garden and more importantly my herb garden. I came across this lovely idea from House and Home and had to share. I love having indoor herbs and I really love re-purposing pretty things.
Here are some helpful hints when creating your new tin herb garden:
I hold onto loose-leaf tea tins whenever I come across pretty ones. The best sources are flea markets and Chinatown, but if you’re like me, you might have some lying around the house because they’re just too lovely to toss! Vintage-inspired tea tins are popular right now, so they’re also easy to come by in stores and online — check out Vancouver’s Urban Tea Merchant for charming canisters — and even Twinings is now packaging their premium teas in old-fashioned tins.
Some herbs fare better than others in pots, so check with a local nursery before selecting herbs to grow indoors. As a rule, herbs need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive (a north-facing window won’t provide enough light). I settled on basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme and oregano, the herbs I use most often when cooking. I bought established plants, but you can start from seed instead — an especially fun project if little ones are involved.
Line the bottom of each tin with plastic (to prevent leaking), layer in a handful of small stones to provide ample drainage, and transplant the herbs, topping up the tins with extra potting soil as needed.