I don’t know about you, but I live in an urban environment. I have seven hundred square feet with no balcony and only a few windows. Eating healthy can be a challenge in the city. Yes, there are organic food stores on practically every corner, but I’m still paying off student debt, so I have to save money somewhere.
So, I have a suggestion today. Something absolutely life changing and ridiculously easy. Plus it can be done with relatively little funds and the benefit is fresh, organic, herbs all year round.
An indoor herb garden.
There are two (really, five) ways to set up your indoor herb garden.
All you need for this is a free windowsill, or a spare wall close to a window. Pick an east, west, or south facing window (south is best, but I’ve made this work in both east and west windows and you CAN have success in a north facing window, but it has to have a few specific requirements.) If you have those things, there are two ways to do this.
An indoor herb garden on your windowsill can be adorable. You can grow your own herbs from seeds (now’s the time, seeds will be on sale because it’s getting too late in the season to really start growing something not indoors) and you’ll know they’re organic. Or you can buy already developed herbs and rehome them in cute carriers. A girlfriend of mine uses old, mismatched teacups and saucers. You can use whatever you want to hold your herbs, pots, mismatched bowls, whatever. That’s the easy way.
Way 2(a, b, c):
The harder, but infinitely niftier way (and frankly a requirement in my home with my two voracious, plant-eating cats) is to wall mount your herb garden (or hang it!). This can be done in three ways.
A quick disclaimer, whichever wall you’re using MUST get at least three or four hours of bright (not direct) sunshine.
Way A: using shelves or rails. Mount shelves or rails to wall. For rails, find hookable planters that match you décor. Hang your plants from the rail, make cute little signs (write names of popsicle sticks) or just handwrite them on your container. (For further ideas, check IKEA)
Way B: Use hanging terrariums. These are pretty and you can hang them all over for a bit of green throughout the house. You can use those beautiful glass orbs, or you can use regular pots. You can buy them at garden centers, at the pottery barn, you can even make your own if you have a free afternoon.
Way C: All right, this is my favourite way. You’re gonna need a wooden pallet. These can be tricky to find, but you can get one outside factories, or you can buy one from places that collect them. Try Craigslist or Kijiji. (For a full list of steps, check out this article). They’re easy to mount to a wall and it’s SUCH a feature piece, you’ll get comments of it all the time. (Plus, your kitchen is always going to smell fresh and wonderful.)
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