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Container House Magazine

Why not take these vintage tins and turn them into containers for some of your favorite herbs If you’re into a vintage look in your home, why not use some of these vintage tins for planting some of your favorite herbs For instance, in this one, I have curly leaf parsley. Over here, in an old Folger’s coffee can, you can see, I got some thyme. They’re very happy in these containers. Now if you wanna plant an herb in one of these, there are a couple of ways to go about it. What I’d like to do is show you the way I’ve done.

It because both work really well. First, you wanna take a tin, and if you don’t mind puncturing some holes in it, you’ll need to do that anyway. This one is not exactly vintage, but it’s made to look vintage. You can see, on the bottom, it looks very modern. If you’re gonna use this to support plant life, you need to make sure that it’s plantfriendly. And right now, without any drain holes in the bottom, it’s not plantfriendly. So all you need to do is take a nail and drive a few holes in the bottom of it like this. For a container.

This size, all you really need are about three drain holes. The herbs like welldrained soil. So it’s critical you give the plant what it wants. Next, you’ll wanna add some soil to the container. And you wanna soil that’s specifically blended for container gardening. So I’m just gonna add a little bit of this soil here like this. I’m gonna take an allpurpose organic fertilizer and add just a little bit of that into the soil and mix it up, and then the herb itself. In this case, I’m going to plant thyme. Just clip off the plastic wrapper like.

How to Plant Herbs in Tin Containers At Home With P. Allen Smith

This, and pull off the biodegradable peat pot, at least around the upper edge, and then I’m gonna position the herb in the container. And you can see, it just needs a little bit on the sides to fill in. Here and here. There we go. And now all I have to do is water it in. This’ll look great in a window sill or sitting on a table. And if you do set it on a table or a surface, that you wanna make sure it doesn’t get stained or messed up.

Just take and place it on a saucer like that because, again, you have the drains holes in there, so it will drip when you water. Now if you don’t want to drive holes in the bottom of a vintage tin, there’s another way to go about it You just wanna take some gravel and place it in the bottom of the container. About 34 of an inch of gravel is all you need. Then take a plastic freezer bag and plant the herb in it. And then puncture the holes in the bottom of the back and place the bag in here like this. The plastic serves.

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