04 Jun Wine Box Herb Garden
It’s planting season (finally) in Chicago and last weekend I prepped the decks and geared up for flowers and a few veggies. So envious of the lovely spacious yards that some of the homes around me have, but at the same time condo planting has it’s perks – mainly that I have a VERY tiny space to make cute!
This year I wanted to try a little herb garden and was brainstorming about what a cute container might be. When I this idea to use a wine box on Life on the Balcony (a smart blog totally devote to gardening in small spaces) I wanted to try it immediately!
First things first, where to get a box? I stalked my local wine shop for a couple of weeks. The stocking person didn’t think I was as crazy as I thought he would – apparently ‘crafters’ ask for them all the time. Learned something useful: Bordeauxs usually come in the wooden boxes. I guess as with everything, expensive item = cute packaging. But since they are pricey they move a bit slower, so are a bit harder to come by. But on my third spin-by I scored this one. It was the only one he had and yes, it was EVERYTHING I was hoping for. Cool lion motif? Yes please!
Next got the herbs. Cheated and bought a mixed box ready to go. Probably could have left them in the plastic container but then where’s the fun in that.
I drilled plenty of holes in the bottom of it. People also mentioned sealing the wood so it didn’t grey. I skipped this part as I thought since it was for edibles I better not used anything with chemicals. Ok, that and I just felt like that seemed like a whole extra step that I didn’t feel like doing. But am sure you can find an ego-friendly sealer out there!
Then in went the dirt….
And finally the herbs! I do love how my little frog is just about eye level to keep watch…
And there you go my lovelies. A simple, free, rustic and chic little wine box herb garden!