Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY - Kitchen Herb Planter

DIY - Kitchen Herb Planter

This project was done a year ago as a contributor post to Pretty Handy Girl. I'm happy to report that it served me pretty well all Summer long and for the most part of Fall. The herbs that thrived were basil, parsley and thyme. Mint and oregano did OK, but by the end of Summer they were gone. Cilantro was the worst, a couple of weeks after it was planted, it died. :(


This year the box got a new look and I only planted the three herbs I think we're going to use the most.

The box per say was built to fit on the ledge in my kitchen window which is only 5" deep,  I couldn't find a long planter to fit in there.  Having fresh herbs was something I really wanted to have in my kitchen

The materials:

It all depends on how big or small you want your planter to be.
  • I used  1 x 4 for the bottom and the two rounded end panels. Ends cut at 15° angle.
  • ¼ x 6 for the front and back side panels (I had to use ¼" material because of my lack of space). Cut at desired size and both ends at a 15° angle




  • Wood glue
  • Sand paper / sander
  • Plastic material
  • Decorative paint
You can build it with a simple hand saw, hammer and nails but it would be less labor intense if you have:
  • Pneumatic nail gun
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter saw
  • Hot glue gun
Instructions:
-Glue and nail the side panels to the the bottom panel.

-Cut the end pieces, remember that the bottom edge of those panels have to be cut at a 15° angle. The rounded top part is done using a jigsaw.

Both ends can now be attached by applying some wood glue and driving some nails.


Fill the gaps and nail holes with caulk. Sand it pretty well.
The decorative possibilities are endless, you can leave it like that, you can add a quote or stencil a design. This year I decided to paint it white and add a chalkboard.

The heavy plastic material to waterproof it was still in perfect condition. It was done when the planter was built by hot gluing it to the inside.  Set your hot glue gun at a medium heat setting.
-Cut the plastic material to the inside dimensions.  Add two inches to that dimension and cut it.
-Hot glue 1" strips of cardboard to the long sides of the plastic material.


-Fit the plastic material inside the planter and hot glued it in place.
-Your planter is now ready to be filled.

Just as last year, a layer of rocks was first laid to help with drainage.


Well, once filled with soil and plants, this is how it looks:

I'm crossing my fingers for the parsley roots, from last year, to sprout again.


Lately, I've been using lots of rosemary, I'm hoping for it to do well and perhaps to move it to a new container by Christmas time. ;)

Dill is another one I'm trying this year. I'm loving a baked potato recipe that includes lots of dill.

Well, maybe next year I'll be back here reporting how this batch did.


Happy planting!



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Linking at:
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13 comments:

Vel Criste said...

I want one too Cristina!!!!! Wish I had your skill! it's not only useful but practical as well!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

That is so cute! It's the perfect way to label the herbs with the chalkboard!

Angélica D said...

Que lindo Cristina , me gusta mucho la combinación celeste y amarillo , , además muy cool el lado de pizarra,,Que tengas una linda Semana Santa
Besos

Mindi Carwin said...

I so love this box, and the new look is fab! The chalkboard is super fun! You know I love wood crates/boxes!!

Cathy McInnes said...

I love, love this idea! Thanks for the step by step directions, I am adding this to my list of spring projects :-)I am, checking out this very cool project from super Saturday link party!
Cathy

Feral Turtle said...

A great makeover on your planter! You can add green thumb to your many credentials! I just learned something new from your post, that you can buy a glue gun with multiple heat settings!! Will you send me the make of your glue gun? I need one of these! Thanks Cristina

Whimzy Thyme said...

I love this - thanks for sharing

Therese Feeman said...

Awesome idea! Love fresh herbs on just about anything.
cheers

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Okay, you make me want to try again. I do well with basil and oregano, and rosemary. I have no luck with thyme, but I guess I will give it one more try. Very nice post.

Madonna
MakeMIneLemon

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great planter and super tutorial. I love a pretty windowbox with herbs. Fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

rosemary is my favorite. I have a HUGE plant outside the front door. Love it so much.

Cheryl @ That's What Che Said said...

Thanks for joining us for Monday Funday! I featured you and your awesome project this week! Stop by to grab a feature button! xo-Cheryl http://www.thatswhatchesaid.net/2014/10-home-and-garden-features/

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Your planter is adorable. Thanks for stopping by the Outdoor Extravaganza!

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