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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Small Space Portable Gardens: Herbs and Veggies in Repurposed Containers

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Repurposed container Chicken wire grape vine basket kitchen herb portable garden

I planted the first part of my kitchen garden last weekend.  Literally...

                                     It's a garden that is, for now, resident in the east facing windows of my kitchen.


Since our home will likely be on the market in the coming weeks, I won't be able to plant the Raised Bed Kitchen Jardin Potager that I built last spring.

Instead, I'm growing herbs and veggies in containers which could be moved in the event that we sell our home before Autumn.  Over the next couple of weeks, I'm sharing my small space, portable, garden solutions.


The first container that I chose is this rusty, crusty, chicken wire and grape vine basket that I normally use when I'm weeding... or for holding freshly picked veggies for rinsing after they're harvested.

This year, I repurposed it as a portable herb garden.


I lined the basket with moss, added a rectangle of black plastic to keep the soil from making a mess on the counter when I water it, put a few stones in the bottom for drainage and simply added 4 inch pots of herbs.


Of course, this isn't all of the herbs that I'll be growing this year, but it's the perfect scale for sitting on my kitchen window sill...or the top of my butcher's block.


I love the way the rusty chicken wire, gnarled grape vines, and fuzzy grey moss contrast with the delicate green leaves of the herbs.

I also love the fact that I haven't had to go outside in the pouring rain to pick fresh herbs to use in my cooking and salads this week.


On the days that the sun does actually shine, the sweet smell of herbs in my kitchen makes me smile...and speaking of salad....

Kitchen herb veggie repurposed container grow portable garden

I certainly couldn't resist growing mixed leaf lettuce in a stainless steel colander...could you?

Fresh lettuce...conveniently located about two feet from the faucet and just below the cabinet where I keep the salad bowls! The best part about it is that I should be able to harvest and regrow this same crop for most of the summer.


There's also  a scaled down version of my larger strawberry pot which will hold supplemental plants  for this season but truly, for right now, I'm enamored with this herb basket.....

Kitchen herb veggie repurposed container grow portable garden grape vine chicken wire moss basket

and planning containers for squash, zucchini and tomatoes!  Stay tuned!

xo,
Kimberly
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24 comments:

  1. What a great idea!
    And it's pretty too!
    Cindy
    p.s. Good luck with your home sale.

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  2. LOVE!!!! What fabulous ideas, tips and images! I'm going to have to try this!!!
    PLEASE share this at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS... link goes live at 8:00 pm tonight. Everyone will LOVE this!!!

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    1. Hi Yvonne! I'm having a lot of fun coming up with interesting containers to grow my "garden" in this year! I linked up! xo

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  3. How pretty! I love the rustic look of your portable herb garden, so creative :)

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  4. gorgeous planter, and such a great idea! Love the salad in the colander too!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I was trying to figure out how to grow stawberries in a grater but the holes are too small. It's an adventure every day! :)

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  5. Such a smart idea. Love the portability. Makes it so handy and easy to water and get in the sunshine!! Smart cookie girl ;)

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    1. They love to go outside during the day but it certainly is nice to have them nearby when I'm cooking...saves me trips to the yard!

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  6. Brilliant idea Kimberly! LOVE that basket where did you find it?
    xx
    Anne

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    1. Hi Anne, Not sure exactly where I came across this particular one originally but I've had success "unweaving" the basket part of other "grape vine-like" baskets and covering them with chicken wire. It's not hard...just remember to wire the ribs at the crossover point or the whole thing will fall apart (not that I EVER had that happen *wink*) xo

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  7. I love that basket of herbs! i like having herbs inside too but it seems they don't live for me - I either water them too much or not enough!

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    1. I was WILDLY UNsuccessful with smaller pots of herbs (same issue with the watering). Having them all together seems to allow them to "borrow" water from each other and putting the stones in the bottom keeps me from drowning the little babies. Try try again...add some stones...I think that you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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  8. Oh Kim! This is so great!! Now I need to see if I can find an old basket and wrap it with the chicken wire I have stashed in the shed. This is definitely a must have for any gardener!!

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    1. Hi Peggy! ANY grape vine-ish basket will work. Just take a pair of pruners and make a cut then "unweave" the basket part leaving only the side supports and a little at the bottom. Use wire to reinforce "joints" then cover in chicken wire and bend it around the part that "used to be" the edge. Wear leather gloves and have needle nosed pliers handy...that stuff is SHARP!

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  9. And now I just learned yet another new, amazing skill you possess! You are the plant whisperer. I am the plant killer ...

    :) Linda

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    1. You and I need to chat....it's all about the water..and sunlight...truly...it's not that difficult...I think that it might be your dirt. xo

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  10. What a wonderful basket!! Love your ideas!!~~Angela

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  11. I love it, so pretty. I think I should plant mine in the cookie jar and keep it in the window instead of cookies.
    Bliss

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    1. Sure...why not?! You can always move the cookies to a Zipper Bag like I did! ;)

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  12. That photo of the leaf lettuce in the colander is stunning! And I never thought you could grow lettuce indoors! Thanks for sharing that as well as the basket of herbs. I was just in Whole Foods the other day and mentioned to my husband that I would love to grow herbs and lettuces in a garden... (strange coming from my mouth as veggies and I have had a hard time understanding each other!!) Now I see I can start this project right away.Ok... where are the car keys? I'm going shopping!

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  13. Such wonderful ideas!

    It would be wonderful to have your post be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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