Herbs to Grow on your Windowsill in Cans

My Herbs in Recycled Tin Cans Perfect For A Windowsill Garden

Tin Cans decorated with contact paper and Sticker Alphabet labels. Drainage holes made on the bottom and then before adding soil mixture make sure bottom of can has a layer of pebbles/rocks for good drainage
Tin Cans decorated with contact paper and Sticker Alphabet labels. Drainage holes made on the bottom and then before adding soil mixture make sure bottom of can has a layer of pebbles/rocks for good drainage

My Summer Herbs in

Recycled Tin Cans

After enjoying my herb garden all Spring, Summer and Fall I just had to come up with a quick, easy and attractive way to save a place where they can flourish all winter. For if you are like me, you are probably disappointed that winter is so quickly approaching. So all you have to do is plant a windowsill garden right in your kitchen! By doing this, you can have waves of fresh herbs all winter long.


Tin Cans

Make a few drainage holes in your recycled cans so plants do not get soggy
Make a few drainage holes in your recycled cans so plants do not get soggy

Recycle Your Cans

Dont throw away those cans, put them to good use!  Start by collecting tin cans for your garden. You can get as creative as you like and use different sizes. Personally I had 2 dogs in my care this summer and feeding them produced so many tin cans that I thought would be perfect for my window still herb garden. With some contact paper and a few Alphabet stickers I created a can for each herb that I wanted for my winter garden. I gave the cans sufficient drainage by making little holes on the bottom of the can and then filled the can with (about an inch) some small rocks. This will provide good drainage for the plants, which is always a good thing for any container plant.

Let the Sun Shine In

herbs love the sun
herbs love the sun

Window Herb Garden

perfect spot !
perfect spot !

Find a Sunny Spot

Which window in your house or apartment has a sunny spot? I think the best place is in the kitchen, it makes the herbs easy to cook with and just brightens up the gloomiest of days. Good to motivate cooking a great stew or soup when it really gets cold out. It is best if your window gets at least 4 hours of sunlight per day and has minimal drafts. If your window faces South or Southeast you have the perfect spot! If your window isn't sunny you can always get supplement light with “grow lamps” or fluorescent lamps. Anywhere you can grow your herbs you will benefit in so many ways!

Care for Your Windowsill Herbs

A key important factor to your indoor garden will be that you have to tend to this garden a bit more than you did when they were outside in the natural elements.

Remember not to keep them too moist, for herbs will not flourish in wet soil.

A little misting is always a good thing for indoor plants and your Herbs are no exception! It is essential that you make sure your cans have good drainage. The rocks I put into the bottom of the can as mentioned above always do the trick for me. . I have found that a potting mix of vermiculite works best for these herbs. OR try a good quality potting soil then add about 20% perlite before planting to make the soil lighter.

TLC for your Herbs

dont forget to water
dont forget to water

Tender Loving Care

Now all your herbs will need, is some TLC and water. Remember that this is all new for your plants, so give them a chance to get used to this new setting before you start cutting them .. wait until you see some new growth and then you can cut.

Basil with Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese

home grown herbs delicious salad
home grown herbs delicious salad

Think of all the Good Things!

A window sill herb garden is a great way to have fresh spices and herbs at your disposal. Having your own herb garden sitting on your windowsill just might inspire new and delicious creations in your kitchen, as well as fill your home with the warm and inviting fragrance of some of the world's favorite plants.Some of my favorite herbs to have my on window are; Basil, Chives, CiIalantro, Thyme, Parsley and Sage. I have Marigolds and Echinacea as new additions this year, both are so pretty and I cant wait to see how they do!

Decorating Cans for an Herb Garden

On a Last Note

It is important to remember, these plants are for eating. Do not use any insecticides or pesticides on or around your plants. Fertilize once a month with an organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion. And lastly, maintain your plants by cutting (pruning) and using frequently to maintain their shape.

More by this Author


Comments 17 comments

Cheeky Chick profile image

Cheeky Chick 7 years ago

Hey Wavegirl - I love the way you decorated the cans and used them for your herb garden. They look great!


wavegirl22 profile image

wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

aw Cheeky . .thanks for coming by and checking it out. . I cant tell you how much fun I had makeing the cans, , and the best was I now have some of summer on my window still! I had so many cans I made extras and gave some around! Again thanks for coming by!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Hello, wavegirl. I too liked how you decorated your cans. It beats having the "Alpo" label on it! I really don't know much about plants, so this is my first time hearing of vermiculite or perlite before (sorry, I'm an agricultural idiot). I'd kill a cactus if you let me :D

This was definitely a very helpful hub. Thanks for fanning me, BTW. I hope to read more of your hubs soon!


wavegirl22 profile image

wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

thanks dohn . .so happy to hear you liked my decorations.. any time you need help with that hidden green thumb i am sure you have I would be more than happy to show you a few things! I even come equipped with new cans!


wavegirl22 profile image

wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

Thanks Victoria! We all have a green thumb . just have to dig deep and of course breathe! Which of course the plants that you nourish make breathing even better:)


ralwus 6 years ago

My wife and I have tired this and did quite well with it too. The a wonderful Parrot came into my life. He lives free for the most part and roams around. My plants get destroyed. He's not so bad anymore about destroying other things, besides a phone book, but if he sees a plant he can get to or an apple, tomato, well that's it.


wavegirl22 profile image

wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

try and spray a little vinegar around the plants. . ha the parrot just might not that and your plants wont be that unhappy!


ralwus 6 years ago

But he likes vinegar dressing too. LOL I could try it and see. thanks


wavegirl22 profile image

wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

you crack me up! so glad you and i became fans today:)


crazybeanrider profile image

crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI

I love this idea. I live in an apartment so it is kind of impossible, but itis a great hub. I don't keep plants b/c of my OCD, but reading this I want to rush out and plant some.

Boo:)


wavegirl22 profile image

wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

I have lived in apartments a good portion of my life so my plantings actually started in one. . all you need is a window (even that can be supplemented with gro lights) Im telling you. .. start with a little bag of soil and a little packet of seeds. .. Ill coach you when you are ready .. and I promise on this one. it will be soooo good for you .. for when you see that first sprout come thru the soil it will be a feeling like none other. . .

For sure it wont be a trick .. it will be a treat !

Boo back at ya . . :)


LizzyBoo profile image

LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

Hey girl, you are so creative. I love the way of using cans. I have 1 dog and 3 cats and such a big winter garden under my roof. I will definatelly do this at home. Thank you for inspiration about this. Keep up your work in this field and my home will be such a lovely place! Thank you. PS- what are you putting under those cans so the water wont be everywhere? Any tips?


wavegirl22 profile image

wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Thanks Lizzy . .I had so much fun with these cans. . .and I am still enjoying them and the herbs that are growing! The parsley comes in handy when I make soup on these cold days! Best thing for the cans to sit on is some type of saucer. I use terra cotta and keep some rocks on them . . that way I bottom feed them so the plants take what water they need while at the same time keeps the humidity up . . water on the bottom helps so that they never dry out. .and they never get over watered!

So happy you came by here . always special to see you . .


Mystique1957 profile image

Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Great hub, Shari...

I love natural stuff and greens! I am an earth elemental myself, though my totem animal is a water dragon! I have always wanted to have my own growth for salads! You gave me the perfect idea. Thanks a bunch!

Two waves up!

warm regards and blessings,

Al


wavegirl22 profile image

wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Hey Al - as a cancerian female home is where the heart is for me. And I love love to grow things, especially from seed and I love to start them in my cans! Then in spring I set the plants back outside and come winter I have the perfect home for them!

Love when you come visit me. Your energy just makes it all that much brighter

xoxox

Shari


IzzyM profile image

IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

These cans are so pretty and what a great idea for any plants you are growing inside the house :)


wavegirl22 profile image

wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

I love my herbs and I love my cans. Best way to keep all my favorite herbs all year long!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working