Gotta love it! I had been playing around with the idea of growing my own herbs. Now, I am FAR from a gardener, or even a weeder for that matter, but I really, really wanted to give it a try. I found some really cute ideas for indoor herb gardens on Pinterest, but still lacked the motivation to get out and buy the stuff I needed. Can we say…procrastinator? Yep. Well, a local Catholic school had their annual plant sale recently. I decided to make my way over there and buy me some herbs (and veggie plants, too, but that’s another story!).
I couldn’t stop thinking about the herb garden that Camille Styles featured. When I saw it I thought, “I can DO that!” So, yesterday, I DID. We had an old wooden fence just laying on the ground (yay for never throwing stuff away!). I broke off one of the slats and went to town.
Poor fence didn’t stand a chance. I dug out the cheap little hand saw we own (not even convinced it’s really a saw). I took that bad boy down!
Hi-ya! It didn’t quite cut all the way through, so I had to break it in half the rest of the way. That’s okay, afterall, I wanted it to look worn.
I am woman….see me saw?? Maybe not quite. Anyway, I sanded the really rough spots down a bit, but I didn’t sand it TOO much, though. I wanted it to have a beachy look more than a rustic look, so I painted it white. I still wanted it to have that washed appearance, so I sanded the edges, as well.
Now, Camille Styles used canning jars for the herbs and that is what I initially intended on doing, however, I ran into problems. The jars I already had were too small for the herbs that I had purchased. I ran to a few stores to buy bigger ones, but I had to buy a whole CASE, which, to me, totally defeated the purpose of this low-cost do-it yourself thingy. I fretted for a while that I wasted all this time cutting and sanding and painting and sanding again. THEN, I remembered that I had old empty candle jars (again, yay for not throwing this stuff away)!!! They were the perfect size for my plants 🙂
Once I had those planted, I nailed some lovely dryer vent clamps (found at a local store $2.50 for a 2 pack) to my newly painted board. I installed some hanging hardware on the back and minutes later….voila!
My kitchen is now accessorized with an herb garden! I have room on there for one more, but have not yet decided which I want to plant (any suggestions?). The entire project cost me about $3 (dryer clamps and hanging hardware) since I already had the fence board, sand paper, paint and jars. I am over the moon excited about it…I just hope I don’t kill them. Wish me luck!