Inspired by the salad mixes I’ve seen in the grocery store lately, I thought I might try to grow some herbs indoors to add to salad greens. I especially like some cilantro thrown in to a salad, and since I use parsley and basil weekly anyway, they seemed like nice additions too.
My initial idea was to plant them in the cans I had leftover from my recent mega batch of chili. Then, over the weekend while perusing a magazine, I saw this:
Well, I guess someone else had the same idea. At least I know it works!
And so I’ve recruited my kids to help. Here is our herb project in photos:
Not pictured is my husband using some sort of power tool to make drainage holes in the cans. It’s important to provide a place for water to drain out of, and into. Once these cans are planted, they will be put on a tray with pebbles or marbles underneath them to allow for proper drainage.
My next step will be to add the pebbles to this tray, then stash it in the bathroom until the seeds germinate. Wait–did I just say the bathroom? Indeed! It’s the warmest room in our house and we always take advantage of the heat in there to germinate our seeds. I do not have to use heat mats or grow lights to start seeds. Bonus: the emerging seedlings LOVE the steam from the shower.
I’ll be sure to keep readers posted on this project!