Portable Herb Garden
You Will Need:
1 heavy-duty plastic tool caddy with a handle in the center (approximate size: 18 inches long x 13 inches wide x 8 inches deep)
Portable drill and 1/4-inch drill bit
Razor blade in safety holder
Enriched potting soil
8 potted herbs in 3-inch pots
Small spade or serving spoon
- Set the plastic tool caddy on a piece of scrap lumber to protect the drill bit. Using a 1/4-inch drill bit, drill a row of drainage holes through the bottom of each side of the caddy, spacing the holes about 3 inches apart.
- Use the razor blade to scrape off any plastic shavings clinging to the holes.
- Cover the bottom of each side of the caddy with a 1-inch layer of gravel.
- Using the spade, spoon good-quality, enriched potting soil over the gravel to a depth of 4 to 5 inches.
- Plant a row of herbs on each side of the caddy, starting 3 inches from either end and spacing the plants about 4 inches apart. Push dirt firmly around the plants to hold them in place. Good herb choices include: basil, chives, dill, parsley and sage.
- Water plants thoroughly and keep outdoors on a sunny back step until needed. Snip off herb leaves as you need them. Container gardens dry out quickly, so check soil moisture daily and add water as necessary.
- When you bring your portable herb garden indoors, place it in the sink or on a tray to protect surfaces from water that may leak from the drainage holes.
- In the fall, you can bring your portable herb garden indoors.
Note: Instructions are for a standard-size tool caddy approximately 18”x 13”x 8”. If you want to use a smaller caddy, adjust the amount of rock, soil and number of herbs accordingly.