Friday, May 30, 2014

Recycled Can Herb Planters

I've been wanting to grow some herbs for awhile, but we are overrun with rabbits, so anything I would plant needs to be out of bunny's reach. That's been a bit challenging. I have been avoiding putting them up on a table...that always just seems to get in the way.

I originally saw this idea on a post from The Micro Gardener, and I knew right away that I needed to try hanging my herbs this way.

I created them the totally lazy  easy way and didn't even need a drill.  I hammered a nail against the bottom of the can to poke drain holes (three for each can). I used an old fashioned can/bottle opener (you know, like this) to create the hanger holes on the side of the cans. I used two sizes of cans, although I found that the best was the 12 oz cans were probably the most successful.  Sorry I didn't take any "process photos." I was rushing ;)

I spray painted them with white Rustoleum spraypaint, choosing white to help avoid cooking the roots of the plants in the sun.

I was able to pretty much buy the herb plants and slip them right down into the cans. Again, it was much easier with the larger tomato can than it was with the soup cans. Either way though, they are happy, smell great, and are looking fabulous.  They do require frequent watering however, since the planters are so small.

Anyway, bottom line? Love them.


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