When Kody and I moved out into our 90’s cottage I had grand visions of veggie patches and herb gardens. Unfortunately Charlie and Theo, our two Spoodle puppies, have made this very difficult. They eat or trample absolutely everything! So I have had to employ a little creativity in finding alternate solutions on where I am able to plant the things I wanted.
First I decided to tackle the easier of the two tasks, the herb garden. I decided I had a better chance of keeping herbs alive, when compared to vegetables, and they also needed less space to grow, and a fraction less care as well. I use fresh herbs in almost every meal I cook, so it was really important to me to get a selection of the herbs I use on a daily basis to lower my grocery costs too. To make your own potted and upcycled herb garden you will need;
- A frame with baskets (a potato/vegetable pantry basket is what I used)
- Steel wool/sandpaper/wire brush
- Masking tape
- Spray on primer
- Outdoor/metal spray paint (I used Dulux Metal Shield in the colour Windspray)
- Weed matting
- Hot glue gun (with glue sticks)
- Your choice of herbs (I used Parsley x2, Basil, Mint, Sage, Thyme, Dill, Garlic Chives)
- Potting mix
Kody found someone selling some Warhammer through Facebook (boys, am I right?!), and when we rocked up it looked like the left overs from a garage sale. They were giving away this rusty little vegetable/potato holder for your pantry for free, I immediately saw its potential and snapped it up. I honestly love to recycle and upcycle everything possible, it is best for the environment after all!
Step 1. For this restoration I started by taking the baskets out of the frame and getting rid of the excess rust. I used a wire brush for the baskets and sandpaper for the frame and it came off really easily. You could also use steel wool if you had it on hand.
Step 2. I originally planned to take the wheels off, as I didn’t think I would be rolling it around a great deal, lo and behold, they were welded in place, so I taped them up with masking tape instead so they would remain their original black.
Step 3. Next I used some white spray primer to prime the entire frame and all baskets twice. This item really needed the metal/outdoor specific primer to keep the rust from coming back as it was not originally intended to be an outdoor item.
Step 4. I then applied two coats of this soft grey metal spray paint which was also suitable for outdoor items.
I used the last of the can for a few small touch ups after the two coats were applied.
I decided to insert weed matting into the base of my baskets, it was a combined idea between me (trying to voice my idea) and the lovely man at Bunnings (trying to understand what the heck I was babbling about), it wasn’t my finest hour, but at least I chose the Bunnings worker who had just helped his wife pot her hanging baskets and he was fairly confident that weed matting was my best bet.
Step 5. Once I bought the weed matting I roughly measured up the baskets and cut out rectangles that would easily fit inside the baskets, with plenty of matting left to hang over the sides.
Step 6. I then inserted the weed matting into the baskets and folded the edges inwards.
Step 7. I pinned the edges in place and roughly cut the excess weed matting off. I wanted the edge of the weed mat to fold inward and go down almost to the base of the basket as I didn’t want the edges to be seen and I wanted them well hidden under the soil I would be placing inside the baskets.
Step 8. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the pictures I thought I took of this step but basically I just used a hot glue gun to completely glue down the edges of the weed matting and to make it hold its shape, removing the pins as I went.
Step 9. I then reassembled the painted frame and baskets, and took the masking tape off the wheels.
Step 10. I then inserted my weed mat liners. Theo and Charlie were incredibly interested in what was going on by this point and they really wanted to be in the middle of everything!
Step 11. Lastly I arranged my herbs into their respective baskets, took them out of their pots and filled around them with potting mix.
There you have it, a gorgeous new herb garden made out of recycled products, $15 worth of materials, and of course the herbs themselves.
Speaking of the herbs I decided to place two parsley plants in the top basket, basil and mint in the second basket, sage and thyme in the third basket and dill and garlic chives in the bottom basket.
Do you love to upcycle old items and give them a new life?
Do you use a lot of herbs when you cook?
What does your herb garden look like?
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