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Upcycle Your Cereal Box into a Herb Garden!

Posted by Jessica on August 15th, 2012 under How To's, Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living

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:

  1. Remove the wax cereal bag from an empty Nature’s Path cereal box and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cut out the center of one side of the wax cereal bag and lay it inside your box to use as a waterproof liner.
  5. Open a small bag of organic soil and pour inside the lined cereal box.
  6. 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!
 

Jessica