Hey Fit Kids,
Have you ever tried to grow your own herbs at home? If not, here’s a super easy way you can get a herb garden started for your kitchen windowsill.
Fresh herbs are a great and easy way to add tons of flavor to your food. Maybe you’ve tried a pizza with fresh basil leaves… yum! Or lemonade with mint… delicious!
We’re going to use something you probably already have around the house to get started– a tin can. Your parents will thank you for having one less thing to buy, and Mother Earth will thank you for reusing something in a fun and creative way that you may have otherwise been discarded.
Here are the instructions, courtesy of crafts.kaboose.com.
Here are the other supplies we’ll need:
- Screwdriver and hammer
- Craft paints & paintbrush (only if you want to give your can some fun pizzazz!)
- Potting soil
- Rocks or pebbles
- Seeds or potted herb plant (hint: choose a few you already like and one you don’t think you’ve tried before)
- Plate (for drainage)
How to make it:
- Completely wash and dry aluminum can. If necessary, sand off any rough edges from opening of can.
- Turn can upside down. Your parents can use a screwdriver or other pointed object to poke holes in the bottom of the can. Use a hammer to tap the end of the screwdriver to make the holes.
- Paint outside of can, if desired. Be creative!
- Place enough rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the can to form a single layer.
- Add enough potting soil to fill the can two-thirds full.
- Remove potted herb from its container and transplant into the can, or simply place seeds in the soil.
- Fill edges with remaining potting soil, gently pat down so that plant is firmly in the can but not compacted so much that it’s too tight.
- Place can on a plate (to catch any water drainage) and add some water to the newly planted herbs.
- You might want to insert a plant marker into the soil so that you know which plant is, or simply use a sharpie to write it right on your can.
- Place your new garden in a sunny window and remember to water them!
Here’s a great little video that walks you through the process step by step:
That’s it for this week, Fit Kids! Be sure you let us know what herbs you planted and show us those cute pots you’ve made at home!