Hey hey hey, today I am gonna show you a mini project that I had fun creating, this one was a little different to my usual. I got to unleash my inner mans man and use power tools as opposed to craft paper, pens, stencils or a mouse. Welcome to my Upcycled herb planter blog.
I live in Subiaco in Perth, Western Australia. One thing I have noticed since living in Oz is that we are such a wasteful country. Recycling is so far behind Europe, it seems to be an afterthought for most Aussie residents. Maybe it's due to the resources available to Oz, the economy is built around export of ore, that this has spilled into the common physce of its residents. One of the things I've noticed is that every couple of months there seems to be some sort of "dump your shit outside day" where the streets of this pretty suburb are filled with fridges, cupboards, ironing boards, printers, pallets, wood paint and everything but the kitchen sink (actually I have seen a kitchen sink). The council come and collect everything and take it to a dump somewhere in the hope tha in a few billion years this mass of junk will have degraded back to some sort of oil that the next species of this planet can dig up and create the cycle again. Anyway I digress. It's on these dump days that I tend to have a little peruse into what's up for grabs on the side of the street, dump diving I call it. Well one day on the way home there was a couple of pretty sturdy pallets so I decided to grab them to make a herb garden for our balcony. One difficult bike ride home later, I had this beauty ready for prepping
Firstly this thing was huge and I knew I wanted it to be moveable, so I borrowed a friends circular saw and got chopping. I also needed to infill sections so that I could fill with soil.
Now I had the base of the planter I wanted to have a self watering function or a reservoir to keep my herbs and plants fed and watered. I think this will be especially useful on a 30 degree Perth day. There are plenty of items that you can buy off the shelf but I wanted to use reclaimed items. We live across the road from a nice coffee place, so I went and asked them for any empty milk bottles. I cut the bottom off the bottles and punctured a series of pinholes through them. These would then be buried with the soil and filled with water and feed. The idea is that the pressure of the water reservoir will slowly feed the surrounding soil with water.
I used a root retarding layer (had to buy this) and a staple gun to line each level of the planter. The intention is to help soil retention and to prevent any roots wrecking the wood of the pallet.
Out of the original pallet I was able to make two sister planters. To select the herbs I did a bit of research into their preferred conditions. For a shady to full sun pallet I selected Rosemary, thyme, oregano and chives. For a full sun pallet; dill, parsley, coriander and Basel.
Love n stuff,
Andy @ designuntapped