I got the idea for this herb garden when I saw a similar tool cady herb garden for sale on a big box website. I couldn't justify spending the money, so I made my own.
Tool Caddy Herb Garden
I like to start my projects with a blank slate, this one started with an unfinished $5 thrifted tool caddy.
I painting the tool caddy with white chalk paint and Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Eulalie's Sky. You can use a stencil or hand paint "herb garden" or "herbs" on the front if you choose. I chose not too in case I wanted to use the tool cady for something else in the future.
I was able to fit 5 terra cotta pots and saucers. I measured the width and length of the tool cady to determine what size and how many pots I could fit. The pots I chose were 88 cents each at my local Wal-Mart. Before I began planting I soaked the pots over night. Terra cotta pots will absorb liquid from your plants if you do not soak them, this will cause the soil to dry out faster.
I also picked up a few varieties of my favorite herbs. You'll want to choose herbs that like similar conditions so they will all thrive. If you don't have luck with seeds, most hardware and big box stores cary a wide variety of herb seedlings. Once I decided which herbs I would be planting I used a chalk marker to label the pots. You can also use popsicle sticks or plastic tags to mark your pots if you choose.
If you don't have your favorite potting soil on hand, you'll have to pick up a small bag. I prefer Miracle Gro, but any potting soil will do. Plant your seeds or seedlings according to the instructions on the packet or tag. I like to mist my seedlings until they develop there first real leaves.
Using a tool caddy as an herb garden made it easier to harden off my seedlings. I was able to bring my herbs inside or outside with ease. This sweet little garden has already provided my family with beautiful herbs for our meals.
- Tool Caddy (Thrift Store)
- Potting Soil (Home Depot)
- Terra Cotta Pots (Wal-Mart)
- Seeds (Wal-Mart)
- Milk Paint (Etsy)
- Chalk Paint (Wal-Mart)