I love growing fresh herbs in my kitchen window. Herbs are one of the few plants I have been able to grow successfully. They are available all year-long and even if I manage to kill the plants (which happens more often than I care to admit), I am able to save the dried leaves and use them.
- 2 cup plastic containers
- potting soil
- plants or seeds
- paint and brushes (optional)
- permanent markers (optional)
I began with some inexpensive plastic containers (these were actually in the clearance section because of the Christmas packaging). Both Glad and Ziploc have 2 cup square containers with lids, or check your local dollar store.
Step 1: Convert the plastic food storage box into a planter by cutting a few holes in the bottom of the container to allow for sufficient drainage. The lid becomes a tray to catch any water.
Step 2 (optional): Label the containers with a permanent marker. This step, while optional, can be especially useful when growing seeds.
Step 3 (optional): Using acrylic craft paint, decorate the containers. Allow to dry. (These were painted by my daughter a few years back).
Step 4: Plant. The amount of soil needed with depend on the size of the container. The basil container above contains seeds that I planted. I opted for a more mature plants from the garden center for the oregano and sage.
Step 5: Water your plants and enjoy.
This project can be used to complete Gardening and Plant Science Merit Badge requirement #5, #12, or #24; and Home Decorating requirement #1
Here is a list of other posts related to the Gardening and Plant Science Merit Badge:
NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.