If you follow me on Instagram, then you know just how much my skills are lacking when it comes to gardening. In fact, our yard only looks as good as it does thanks to #hotgardenerhusband, BUT I made a pretty rad fairy garden last week so I’m turning a corner. Perhaps.
My friend, Erin, came over yesterday and gave me some inspiration when she found some trash behind our shed (and I’m not exaggerating, she sees a piece of garbage and in her mind, has already fashioned it into something worthy of selling on Etsy). So when she saw that Jim was trying to ditch this wood cabinet, she gave me the inspiration to turn it into something functional!
I removed a tiny drawer and then set to work. First, I had to find out where my hubby kept the drill (don’t worry, I found the screwdriver by myself!)
Without further ado, a Repurposed Wood Cabinet Herb Garden!
Things You’ll Need
A random cabinet that’s sturdy – handles and doorknobs for character are a bonus
Dirt (so.much.dirt. who knew you would need so much?)
A drill. Make sure it’s charged. #hotgardenerhusband did that for me.
Plastic tarp (like the kind painters use? That’s a thing)
Herbs of your choice – I went to Ace and literally grabbed whatever I saw that we would eat or use. Mint for fancy drinks anyone?
Ready to get started?
First, you’ll remove the door. In my case, I used a screw driver and took it off. There was also a tiny drawer that I removed. More on that later.
Once that was removed, I washed the whole thing down. I ain’t fancy.
Looks good! Next, I got the fancy drill out with a big ol’ bit and went to town drilling holes in the bottom for drainage.
I MADE THOSE HOLES AND WOOD SHAVINGS ALL BY MYSELF USING A FANCY TOOL!
Next, I took my painters’ tarp and cut sections and laid it into the cabinet. Excess is fine. Once you add the dirt, you can cut it off! I also poked holes in the plastic where I drilled the wood holes. Then, I filled each section with dirt (SO MUCH DIRT).
SEE ALL THE DIRT?! Don’t be fancy. Just plop it in.
Then I grabbed my herbs and started planting. I could have done super fancy sticks or markers to say which was what. But I had been pinteresting enough for today and will do those some other time after I pin 85 options. I used what came in the “container.”
Ta-dah! Added all my herbs in with room to grow! Cut off that excess plastic and amaze yourself!
Look at all the pretties! Salsa or pesto anyone!? We planted oregano, lavender, mint, peppermint, basil, and more.
Gave her a good watering and set her out in the sun for a wee bit! This dummy-proof herb garden was one of the easiest thymes I’ve had with a project like this! (This is where little helpers come in handy! SO MUCH WATER fun!)
BONUS: And the little drawer I removed? Check this out! The perfect mini-planter for my leftover fairy succulents!
Are you planting herbs this season? What’s your go-to display method?