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Herb Garden

I took this picture last week. These are the herbs I planted in the containers that I made. Both the cilantro and basil started to flower so I had to pick those off. The scent those flowers left on my hands was amazing!

Pictured is dill, basil, cumin, oregano, rosemary, mint, mint (again) and basil (again) 

Herbs
Herbs
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Tutorial: DIY Earthbox in a 5 Gallon Bucket

 Here is my version of a subirrigation/Earthbox. To learn more about the benefits of this type of plant watering system, check out this link https://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/d-i-y-sub-irrigation/

Materials:

  • 1 – 5 Gallon bucket
  • 1 – 12×12 vinyl tile, cut to the diameter of the container.
  • 1 – 24″ x 24″ piece of mesh
  • 3  –  3″ pieces of  PVC pipe (or small plastic containers). I used both 1.5″ and 2″ PVC
  • 1 – knee -hi stocking

Tools

  • Drill and drill bits
  • Saw (optional)
  • Hole saw drill bit

 

 Prep Work:

1) Cut the PVC to 3″ pieces. If you don’t have a saw, ask if they can cut it for you at your home improvement store

2) Drill several holes into what will be the bottom of the PVC (see picture below)Photo_050609_004

3) Cut the vinyl tile into a circle. The diameter of the circle will need to be slighter smaller than the inside of the container. In order to get the correct size, I placed the tile on the container and traced around. I cut just inside (1/4″-1/2″) that line

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4) Cut a circular hole into the vinyl tile slightly smaller than the diameter of the PVC. To accomplish this, I traced around the pvc and cut just inside the circle (1/8″)

5) Punch a dozen or so small holes in the vinyl tile  to allow for the humidity of the water to have contact with the soil

6) Drill a small hole (1″) into the side of the container, making sure the hole is below the 3″ mark (or below the level of the dirt) . This hole was serve as an overflow valve and a place to add water

 Assembly:

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 1) Place PVC  inside of the mesh. Make sure that the holes in the PVC are at the bottom

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 2) Gather the mesh together and thread it thru the hole in the vinyl tile. This mesh covered PVC will serve as your wick. As water enters the hole on the side of  the bucket, it will come into contact with the soil in the PVC (via the uneven bottom and holes on the sides) and will be sucked up by the soil and roots.

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 3) Even out the mesh, ensuring that the PVC is visible

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 4) Place the knee-hi stocking over the mesh covered PVC (not pictured) . The knee-hi will act as a safe-guard against soil erosion

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 5) Place the 2 other pieces of PVC inside the container

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 6) Place the vinyl tile, pvc side down, into the container.

7) Add soil, making sure to press the soil into the PVC. Make sure you are using Potting Mix, not garden soil.

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 8) Continue filing with potting soil

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Tutorial: Herb Vases

I searched high and low for some simple containers for my herb garden.  I looked at glass, clay, plastic, metal and everything in between. Not only did I want something that was functional, I wanted them to look nice and not cost a fortune. In the end, I ended up making my own out of empty water bottles.

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Why did I pick these bottles?

  • Easy to drill holes in
  • Height of 9” gives the plants room to grow (7” was my minimum requirement)
  • I bought a plastic clamshell that was meant to hold long stem roses. I cut them in half to use as trays for my containers. The containers I picked had to be thin enough to fit inside them 4” wide clamshells
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to find
  • Modular. I can always add or remove containers as I need them.
  • Modern

 

Materials:

  • 1 water bottle per number of plants/desired containers
  • Drill or large needle
  • Painter’s or masking tape
  • Stone textured spray paint
  • Saw or scissors
  • Level (optional)

Cost: Under $20

 

Directions:

  1. Drink the water
  2. Fill the water bottle with the hottest tap water possible. This will assist with pulling off the label with minimum glue residue
  3. Peel off the label
  4. Using the drill, drill several holes in the bottle of the bottle for drainage. I drilled 3 medium sized holes. If you don’t have a drill and are using a needle, I would suggest 10-15 holes.
  5. Using the saw of scissors, cut off the top of the water bottle, leaving 9” at the base. (TIP: if you are using scissors mark the cut line with tape)
  6. Using the tape, mask off the areas that you would like to stay “clear”. I eyed it but you can use a level to make the design consistent.
  7. Spray the exposed areas with the stone textured spray paint. Let the paint dry and repeat if necessary
  8. Remove the tape.
  9. Fill with dirt, plant your herbs, and enjoy!

 

Original Bottle
Original Bottle
Taped off before spraying
Taped off before spraying

 

Close-Up
Close-Up

Garden, Day 14

Almost everything has started to come up. Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for starting that garden has not come up. Time to go get more spearmint seeds. Isn’t mint supposed to be the easiest thing to grow, LOL

I’ve found that the seeds that I started in a covered container germinated MUCH faster than the now covered seeds.  I started the covered seeds a week later and it looks like they are on pace with the ones I didn’t cover

oh, and I added Cumin to the mix

 

Day 14
Day 14

A well contained garden….

After all the great pesto and fresh tomatoes of  Italy, I decided to start a container garden. The goal was to to start with 3 herbs and 2 vegetables. Well, I think I got a little carried away…..

 

  • Basil
  • Spearmint
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  •  Spinach
  • Peas
  • Asparagus Beans
  •  Carrots
  •  Hot peppers
  •  Mild peppers
  •  Collard greens
  •  Lettuce
  •  Rosemary
  •  Parsley
  •  Black Beans