26 September 2011

Pinterest Project: Indoor Garden

A bit ago, I pinned this on Pinterest.
Pinterest inspiration
I love it.  I usually keep a couple of herbs on my kitchen windowsill in the colder months (and I argue with the cat over them, too), but I especially love these in the old tea tins.  They look loved and vintage, which makes me love them even more.

I've been keeping my eye out for old tea tins, and then, lo and behold, I found one in my mom's basement!  Even better, it's red, so it matches my kitchen!  I also found an old tin for hot chocolate that is also red, though it's a bit small.  Despite that, I decided to give it a try.

This weekend, at my local garden center, I stopped in for some fall decorations (mini pumpkins and gourds), and I discovered that they still had some herbs left.  Even better, they weren't large or rangy, which I definitely did not want for the small tins.  I ended up with a small rosemary and a small thyme.

Here's what I started with.  Yep, the plants still look a lot bigger than the tins, especially the hot chocolate tin on the left.  Contrary to how it looks, though, they did both fit.

I was worried that the tins would hold water, but I was also worried that if I poked holes in the bottom, the tins would rust.  To help with drainage, I put some loose smaller rocks in the bottoms of my tins (which I may or may not have gotten from my gravel driveway...)

After that, it's just like planting anything else in a pot.  Just in case you've never done it:

* Put potting soil in the pot (tin).  It's important to use potting soil for, well, pots rather than regular old outside dirt. I use organic potting soil when available. (The small tin didn't actually need any extra soil for the most part.)
* Take the plant out of the pot it came home in.
* Loosen up the root ball (the dirt part) a little bit.  You can just kind of massage it a little.  You don't really want to tear the roots; you just want to loosen them from each other a bit.
* Put the plant in your new pot (tin).  You want the top of the dirt to be level with the top of your pot (tin), and you don't want any roots to show.
*Fill in any extra space with potting soil.

Here's a terrible picture of my new herb tins on my windowsill in my kitchen.
Pretty awful, but I only had my phone to take pictures today.  Here they are close-up to help.
Thyme in Hot Chocolate Tin

Rosemary in Black Tea Tin

I've been after more tea tins similar to the one I used, but it seems like a lot of the companies have changed their tin styles.  I used one from Harney & Sons, and theirs are different, and my Pinterest inspiration pic using Twinings, whose tins are also different.  If anyone has any stashed anywhere or knows where I can get them, please give me a heads up!

P.S. - The huge mass of greenery outside of my kitchen windows are actually my tomato plants.  They've gone ca-razy this year because we've had so much rain.  It's a disaster...and a separate post for another day.

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