Real Life Confession- I love the idea of gardening more than I love actual gardening. Can anyone else relate? I also look forward to summer Saturday mornings with girlfriends as we bop from farmer’s market to farmer’s market.
BUT. But…I still enjoy having planted herbs around as the weather warms up! So, this year, I’ve decided to do a three-part herb gardening upcycling series…starting with today’s post: Part 1- Muffin tins!
To kick off my herb garden, I went out thrifting and found exactly what I was looking for: beat up, old rusty muffin pans!
I figured they would be the perfect thing to use for germinating herb plants- shallow, compartmentalized, and easy to work with. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
And it should come as no surprise that I decided to spray paint the muffin pans…because, well, why not?
When the paint had dried, they were much nicer to touch and I filled them with my favorite natural muffin papers.
Within each paper cup, I added some seedling potting soil- compacting it ever so slightly so that it didn’t collapse like a soufflé when watered.
Before I could plant my non-GMO herb seeds, I needed to soak them overnight…
And I found that a cheap, plastic paint palette/mixing tray worked PERFECTLY for that- not too deep, easy to label, and all my seeds were separate but together, if that makes sense.
That was that…I planted the seeds carefully, following the directions on each packet. And since these were just germinating seeds, I broke coffee stirrers in half and made hasty label sticks.
Then the waiting game began…and my worrier self took over- what if nothing sprouts? What if this is a complete waste of time?
Silly me! I had little green shoots in just a few days!
After a few weeks, I had healthy little seedlings. Healthy little seedlings that had to travel with us when we went out of town because apparently, I’m an overprotective baby-plant Mom. Who knew?
They’re almost ready to be transferred…but you’ll just have to wait for Part 2 to see what my next upcycled herb garden project is!!
Make sure you check out the fun video of this DIY tutorial!