I’ve seen herbs grown in an assortment of containers that have been recycled – jars, cans, bottles, cups, Grow Tent Kit. So when I saw dust particles all over my vintage letter holder, I chose to put it to good use. For some time now, I’ve wanted to grow herbs around my kitchen window on the grounds that it gets awesome light. Since the window ledge is excessively thin, I realized that my alternatives would have been to build a shelf across the window or something that would hang. This vintage letter holder ended up being the ideal arrangement as an alternative herb planter.

I thought the kitchen window was ideal for growing herbs. I even had pictures of it after it was planted and it was perfect. I don’t know why it feels so great to see that plants have all grown but somehow, it does.

This was a snappy and simple undertaking. The next action was to get some water gaps in every one of the openings. I ensured the gaps were not too big to let all the water leak away at once.

Next I cut bits of modest landscape materials to make soil pockets. I say ‘modest’ because the fabrics I used were very thin and breathable. I had to be sure the excess water could flow through the fabric so the plant roots would not rot. After a little bit of math, I figures how and what size to cut them into. This is what I did:

 

  • The length from bottom to top is the joint length of the back of the slot, front and bottom.

 

  • The focal point of the piece is the width of the opening, in addition to ¼ inch allowed for two 1/8 inch seams.

 

  • To get the bottom and top widths I utilized the accompanying equation: [(2 x width over) + (2 x width back to front)]/2. At that point add ¼ inch to allow for two 1/8 inch seams.

Honestly, it took me for a short time to make sense of that. I botched up the first and had to begin all over again. When I got the main pocket cut out effectively, I simply utilized it as a layout to cut the following two. After that, I folded it in the middle, pinned down the sides and sewed 1/8 inch seams.

The rest was simple. I put the plants into the pocket, threw in some soil and slipped them in to every one of the openings. My Parsley took the top slot, basil came next and finally the mint.

I can hardly wait to know and see what they’ll look like in my recycled herb planter in about a month from now.  Who could have guessed I could put my vintage letter holder to such good use?

I sure hope that by reading this, you may have been inspired to either grow herbs in your kitchen or try using a recycled planter for your herbs.