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Plastic Herb Planters

Create an herb planter and use fresh herbs in your every day cooking.

Plastic Herb Planters

Do you have a pile of plastic containers you never use? Put them to work by creating a plastic herb garden paradise. It’s a great way to recycle your plastic, plus it puts fresh herbs at your fingertips.

Steps

Step #1: Select containers.

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  • Containers that work best are ones that are solid in color. Clear and translucent containers can grow mold inside, so it’s best to stay away from those. Choose a lid for each container that fits comfortably under the base. This will collect water overflow.
  • We used all the scrap plastic we could get our hands on for this project: food storage containers, a Frisbee, a small bucket, even a plastic piggy bank. You’ll be surprised at the plastic scrap you can dig up once you start looking.

Step #2: Drill a water drainage hole.

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Place the scrap wood on a flat surface and center the bottom of your container on the wood. Drill a hole in the bottom center of the container. Make sure that the plastic is flush against the wood, otherwise the plastic can bend and crack.

Step #3: Plant your seeds.

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  • Place several medium-sized rocks in the bottom of the container. This will help the water drain through the pot. Fill the rest of the container with potting soil until it reaches about 1⁄2" from the top. Place the container atop the lid.
  • Put your seeds or plants into the soil, and then sit back and watch them grow.

Conclusion

This project first appeared in Craft Volume 07, page 22.