Wait, were you about to recycle that beloved, but now empty, box of Pumpkin Flax Granola? Have you ever thought about creating a starter garden in it? There’s so many creative ways that a seemingly useless empty box can become a fun weekend project with (or without) the kids!
Instructions to make your own herb garden:
- Remove the wax cereal bag from an empty Nature’s Path cereal box and set aside.
- Seal the ends of the box with a hot glue gun. Tuck in the tab at the top of the box to ensure a better seal. Allow the glue to cool before proceeding to step #2.
- Laying the box flat, use scissors or a razor blade to carefully cut and remove the front panel of the box along the edges, leaving ½ inch from the top and bottom of the box. Be sure to leave the back and sides of the box completely intact.
- Cut out the center of one side of the wax cereal bag and lay it inside your box to use as a waterproof liner.
- Open a small bag of organic soil and pour inside the lined cereal box.
- Plant basil and parsley seeds (or other favorites) in the box according to seed packet instructions.
Water according to seed instructions, being careful not to overwater. Place the box on a tray to catch any water that drains out.
Over time, the cardboard box will warp from regular watering. Once seedlings have developed two sets of leaves, transplant outside or to a larger container, after the threat of frost.
Enjoy your fresh herbs!