I’ve been wishing for a garden since forever now. A little garden where I can grow organic herbs, veggies and flowers. But since I live in an apartment and all I got is a balcony, I had to improvise to satisfy my need of growing something. So that is how I came up with my Do it yourself wine box planters.
I wanted to reuse a few of the wooden wine boxes I had from work and transform them into wine box planters or flower pots, so I bought some seeds and got to work. This is what they turned out like!
If you want to make some for yourself, here is what you will need:
- wine boxes -you can get them for free at Costco, some restaurants in your area or liquor stores. All you need to do is ask for them and pick the size that you want!
- potting soil -depending on what you are planting, you can adapt your soil. I just used regular potting soil (the cheapest I could find :D)
- waterproof spray (optional) – you might want to use this one to prevent your wood from splitting because of the humidity. That could also prevent that by not overwatering your plants or by making some holes with a nail and hammer in the bottom of your boxes.
- 1 big nail
- a hammer
- seeds or plants
- gloves (if you’re scared of getting dirty)
- a bucket or a plastic bag
Here is what you need to do:
- Use your bucket or plastic bag to put some potting soil in it and to mix it with water until slightly damp. This will help your seeds to stay putt when you water them, after planting and not float around and die
- Use the instructions on the package for your waterproof spray or make your holes in your box -you could also use a drilling machine if you have one.
- Fill up half of your box with damp soil and place your seeds according to the instructions on the package. To be hones, I kind of eyeballed it here, because the writing on the package was too small and I was too lazy to read it hahaha.
- Cover your seeds with more soil and let the fun begin!
- Depending on what you are planting, it can take anywhere from 15-25 days for anything to show up.In the meantime, make sure your planters get enough light and water. Don’t let the soil get dry all the way because the seeds will just die. Especially when your sprouts come up, they are very fragile and they can die fast if not watered enough.
- Wait for your sprouts to come up! Patience is key. Love and care for them until you get pretty little green beauties!
I started just with 3 small wine box planters and I put parsley, some thyme and baby carrots.
TIP: If you want to have fresh herbs all the time, so you can actually use them in the kitchen, you might want to plant in “waves”. Plant your seeds on 1/3 of the box in the first week, then after a week plant on another third of your box and after another week plant the rest. This way your plants will grow gradually and you will have fresh herbs for longer!
I’m gonna keep dreaming about my perfect garden, but until I get it, little projects like this are perfect.
I dare you to try to make one of these yourself, even if you are not a gardening person! Growing something with your own gives you a one-of-a-kind feeling.
What projects have you been up to lately? Send me pictures and comments.
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