Herb Garden

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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. 

Supplies Needed:

  • 2 cup plastic containers
  • knife
  • 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

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.

 

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