Grow at Home – Tin Can Herb Pots

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

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:

  1. Completely wash and dry aluminum can. If necessary, sand off any rough edges from opening of can.
  2. 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.
  3. Paint outside of can, if desired.  Be creative! 
  4. Place enough rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the can to form a single layer.
  5. Add enough potting soil to fill the can two-thirds full.
  6. Remove potted herb from its container and transplant into the can, or simply place seeds in the soil.
  7. 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.
  8. Place can on a plate (to catch any water drainage) and add some water to the newly planted herbs.
  9. 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.
  10. 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: Tin Can Herb Pots

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!

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