Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Herb Cans-Oh How My Garden Grows- Link Up!!

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My mom's birthday was yesterday (Happy Birthday again Mom) and I always have my girls make something for her. She never wants anything so I figure if her grand kids make it then it will mean more and she will keep it forever!!! So this year we made her a few herb cans!! They are very easy to make and of course very inexpensive!! ( I know I need a new camera- it is getting really bad!!)

First you are going to need a few things:
-Cans (we just used soup cans and vegetable cans- cleaned and air dried are best)
- One Nail
- Dirt
- Plant of Choice (we chose to use lavender and basil)
- Newspaper
- Decorative Paper
- Crayons (we tried markers but they smeared when we glued the paper, crayons are best)
- Bowl
- Scissors
- Paint Brush
- Bottle of Glue

First you will need to clean out your cans, peel off the label and then let dry. Next take a hammer and nail and poke holes in the bottom of the can for drainage.

Then take your decorative paper and measure out the actual width and length of the paper you will need to cover your can. Decorate your paper the way you want. My girls wrote messages to grandma, but you can draw pictures or whatever you want. Then you will need to pour your glue into a bowl, then take your paint brush and dip it into the glue. Then paint on the glue on the outside of the can. Stick the decorative paper to the can and then paint more glue over the paper. This will help get glue into the edges where the paper and can meet. Gluing the outside will help to keep the paper from getting wet when you water your plants.

Let your can dry, over night is best but a few hours will work. Once it is completely dry take a piece of newspaper and ball it up in the bottom of your can, add dirt and then add your plant. That is it, you are done!! Make sure you put these somewhere that can drain through the bottom or place something underneath if you want them inside somewhere.

Here are a few pictures of my garden this week. Here is our parsley- this stuff is growing like crazy!! Now I need to come up with some great recipes to start using it!!

Here is the carrots, lettuce and onions.
Here is the tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelon and cantaloupe!!


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Ott, A. said...

Wow, pumpkins and watermelon. I'll be anxious to see how they do for you. (And how much space they take up vining) I was afraid they would take over the garden if I planted them. Thanks for sharing.

Brianne said...

Last year we planted the watermelon and cantaloupe late and we had very little ones by October. So we thought we would plant early this year. They are very viney, we put all the viney stuff together and figured they can just wrap around each other. Who knows, we will have to wait and see how they do!!

The Thrifty Designer said...

What a great gift idea. I like to have my kids make gifts for their grandmother also...the old what do you give someone who has everything. Your garden looks great. Try tabouli with your parsley - yum.

Bonnie said...

You have just given me a great idea to make for teacher appreciation gifts...thank you.

Jingle said...

Very cute project idea!

Cheryl said...

That's a really great idea. I just got my seedlings planted in my garden. I hope both our gardens turn out this season! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

Debbie's L'Bri said...

My sons planted things close together and all the vines ran together. Everything cross pollinated and we got some very strange things. The next year they planted the melons by then selves and got maybe 10 yummy watermelons.

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Sara said...

It's still to early to plant here. I'm ready though.

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Keenly Kristin said...

Hi! I love this...I want to do this, but last year the squirrels ate ALL our fruits and veggies. Not sure how to prevent that! Boo.

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