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Making a windowsill herb planter

Finished planter with parsley | Drawing United

About the project

This is a very simple project for kids to get involved with.

We needed more planters for our windowsill herb garden and saw no reason to spend money.

We also wanted to use an old plastic butter container that I had been using for my packed lunch at work, until someone helpfully put it in the dishwasher!

We now had a plastic pot that couldn’t be reused so thought a moment or two about how to make it look less yucky!

What’s needed

So you will need some old wool, or macrame rope to make this work.

Ensure that you make some holes in the bottom as the roots will need to be free draining.

Then you will use the old lid as a water catcher to protect your windowsill from any damage!

Start with a little bit of PVA glue under the lid of the plastic tub and work around the pot sticking the rope down as you go.

A great little project for the kids if they are not massive fans of gardening but want to get involved still!

This is where the kids wander off and you need to finish it, but it is very relaxing and you will just keep working around the outside of the pot ensuring that the next row meets the last.

We had some Parsley that was just about ready to transplanted to a sunny spot so this seemed like the right time.

One of the biggest advantages to having herbs growing on the windowsill is that you don’t have to trudge outside in the rain to harvest them.

Also they are right in front of you to keep you inspired!

We think that the initial cost of the glue and rope is around 20 pence and the seeds for the fresh herbs slightly less.

So we have twice as much Parsley than if we were to buy a planted pot of ‘fresh’ herbs from the supermarket. Not really worth thinking about the amount of plastic that wastes as none of it is currently on our councils approved list.

If you would like to know more about growing your own food and being creative with your growing space, then please visit our new site.

We are looking to build a community to help each other and inspire!

Alex Tranter from The Mini Smallholder writing at https://homegrownherbgarden.com/about/

By Alex The Mini Small Holder

I am starting on my journey to zero waste and love to be creative with how I use our waste.

I am also now known at work as the person to bring all of your waste in for! Be it broken crockery, beer bottle tops or scraps of fabric, I will love the challenge of creating something of beauty from it.

We are looking to move to our own smallholding in the near future and are starting with our own back yard. We eat our own food and grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables.

Moving towards zero waste is not without its difficulties, so if you would like to share in our struggles and success come on over to theminismallholder.com

ACT NOW! "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it"Robert Swann

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