How to Turn Coffee Tins into a Hanging Herb Garden

Herb Garden Before

Even though summer is on the wane, that doesn't mean we still can't plant an herb garden. Like this one! So colorful and lively it will keep summer in your heart all autumn and winter long. I also like how it serves as a window treatment as well. Check it out:       

Herb garden after 2

Wanna make one? This is what'cha need:

  • tin containers with plastic lids (like coffee cans)
  • coat hangers
  • pliers
  • scissors
  • herbs
  • masking tape
  • coffee filters (genius!)
  • a nail
  • a hammer
  • an X-acto
  • fabric or paper scraps
  • glue or spray adhesive

For the entire tute, saunter on over to Persephone Magazine.

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lisa fisher on May 08, 2017:

Once you get to the tutorial, it seems it would be easier to put the lid around the plant from the Bottom and Then put the lid on.

Also, duct taping the bottom back in might work better than masking tape.

In any case, Ima try it!

Judye on Mar 15, 2013:

Love this idea!  Thank you for sharing it!  Now, what's the point of cutting out the bottom lid and replacing it though?  Couldn't you just punch holes in the bottom without cutting it out first?

Sharrie on Oct 16, 2012:

Thoughts about the can rusting and plant absorbing that?

Storage Geek on Sep 04, 2011:

Wow, that comment looks like I just woke up...Should have read:"Brilliant! Every kitchen with a window and upper cabinets should have one of these! I featured this with full credit and link back at Storage Geek."

Storage Geek on Sep 04, 2011:

Brilliant! Every kitchen witha wondow and upper cabinets should have one of these! I linked featured this with ull credit and link back at Storage Geek.

kacee on Aug 29, 2011:

I love this idea and think it's really cute but I'm not too sure how well the herbs would do hanging upside down.  It's sort of like those topsy turvsy tomato hanging pots, really good theory but plants have something call polatrity and will try to grow upright against gravity. You will notice polarity in plants if you ever knock a pot over and don't pick it up for awhile- the plants will start to grow upwards. But maybe if you are harvesting them often it wouldn't be an issue.

Anna on Aug 29, 2011:

Now that's pretty cool. I like the upside down idea. You think I can also use the large PET bottles?

DIY Maven on Aug 27, 2011:

@Myrtle, because you're watering from above and to the roots directly, I'm guessing the water is delivered more efficently than watering from the top down. 

Myrtle on Aug 26, 2011:

How long would these last? I mean, could you water them sufficiently in that state?

Elsa on Aug 26, 2011:

Ooooh! This might make it possible to grow a little herb garden in my impossibly tiny kitchen at my impossibly tiny window.

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