Miracle-Gro provided me with compensation to create and share this project.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ve probably seen my onslaught of gardening photos. The weather has finally warmed up to an acceptable Spring temperature and it has me excited. I’ve been able to get outside and plant flowers, weed my raised bed garden and finally start growing my outdoor herbs. It’s the little things in life that cheer me and getting my hands dirty happens to be one of them.
I’ve also been busy with The Gro Project from Miracle-Gro. If you visit Miracle-Gro on Facebook you can join the growing movement with a variety of “gro something” project ideas that are fun for both kids and adults. You can let the kids create their own little Toyrarium to grow indoors or tackle something bigger like an Oragami Garden.
To help get you inspired this growing season I created my own little project that lets you recycle and reuse soup cans from your pantry and turn them into beautiful potted herbs you can hang outside on your fence.
- 6 large soup cans
- 1 bag Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil
- outdoor spray paint
- painter’s tape
- 6 mug hooks (10 lb weight )
- 6 potted herbs
- Drill with 3/16 drill bit and 5/64 drill bit
HOW TO MAKE A SOUP CAN HERB GARDEN
The day before beginning this project you’ll want to remove the lid on each soup can and soak it in a sink of hot soapy water. This helps melt the glue so you can easily remove the paper labels. Set the cans on a towel to dry.
Using the drill and 3/16 drill bit, drill 3 holes into the bottom of each can. This helps with water drainage.
Using the same drill bit, drill a single hole about a 1/4 inch from the top of the can. This is where you’ll hang the can on the hooks. If you plan to just place your cans on a table or window sill, skip this step.
One a tarp or plastic bag, spray the outside and bottom of each can with your choice of outdoor use spray paint. Allow to dry for 12 hours.
Wrap each can with a few strips of the painter’s tape. You can get creative with the design or simple make random strips around each can. Spray the cans with a different color of outdoor use spray paint and allow to dry for 12 hours.
Carefully peel off the painter’s tape. Fill the cans halfway up with Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil. This is a great choice for gardeners like myself who tend to over or under water plants.
Using the drill and the 5/64 drill bit, drill a hold into the fence where you want to hang your cans. Place each can on a mug hook and screw it into the hole you just drilled. It’s important to place the cans on the hooks BEFORE placing them on the fence or you may not be able to fit the can over the hook.
Place your pre-grown herbs into each can and top off with just enough potting soil to fill the can.
Water as needed and use the fresh herbs for cooking all summer long! When winter comes you can take the cans off the fence and continue growing indoors.
This is such a simple and fun project that tastes as good as it looks. You can use the herbs all summer long and save outdoor space by hanging them on your wooden fence.
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