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Fanciful Indoor Herb Gardens

Fresh herbs are easy to grow and use all around the house. Have some fun by finding containers for an indoor herb garden that remind you to use herbs every day.


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    • Teacup Herbarium

      Plant an indoor herb garden for tea in your kitchen window with large ceramic teacups. Use a jeweler's bit to drill small holes in the bottoms of the cups for drainage. Herbs for tea: English mint, chamomile, pineapple sage, and orange mint.

    • Bath Buddies

      Let a soothing herbal bath soak your worries away with this indoor herb garden. Simple plastic pots fit neatly into a wire rack next to the tub. Bubble-shape glass beads prevent soil splatters when watering. Toss freshly cut leaves into warm bath water, or tangle a bundle of leaves under the faucet as the tub is filling. Bath herbs: lemon balm, French lavender, apple-scented geranium, and chamomile.

    • Kitchen Canisters

      Fresh herbs are flavorful additions to many dishes. Plant your favorites in old aluminum kitchen canisters for an indoor herb garden. Drill small drainage holes in the bottom with an power drill. Make sure the planters get plenty of sun and don't let the soil dry out. Herbs for cooking: rosemary (pork, potatoes), parsley (pasta dishes), oregano (sauces, soups), sage (chicken, vegetables), basil (salads), and dill (fish).

    • Strawberry Jar Lamp, detail

      To avoid mixing water and electricity, the lamp's works are kept completely separate from the strawberry jar base in this indoor herb garden. Add a shade -- the kind that clips to the bulb -- to complete the project. For best growth of the herbs, keep the lamp near a sunny window, and turn the jar regularly to give each plant its time in the sun.

    • Catnip Cat Dish

      Humans aren't the only ones who enjoy indoor herb gardens. Treat your cat by planting feline-friendly herbs in aluminum or stainless steel pet bowls for an indoor herb garden. The no-slip bottoms will keep the containers in place when kitty comes nosing around. Be sure to drill drainage holes. Herbs for cats: catnip and lemongrass.

    • Rattan Wrapped Vases

      Some indoor herb gardens delight the nose instead of the tongue. Plant scented herbs in taller containers that invite a brush of the hand to release aromas in these inventive indoor herb garden. Attach rattan to the surface of a glass vase (hot glue works fine) to make the container easier to hold and to disguise the long stretch of dirt and drainage pebbles inside. Water carefully to avoid soggy soil. Herbs for scent: lavender and scented geraniums, available in many fragrances, including chocolate, peppermint, and lemon.

    • Toaster Garden

      Turn a broken toaster into a fanciful indoor herb garden holder. Remove the toaster's electrical innards, and leave the bottom open. Use a brick to put potted herbs at the right height to grow out of the toaster slots. Herbs for toast: Top toasted focaccia bread with butter and lemon-scented thyme leaves for a citrusy start to the day.

    • Strawberry Jar Lamp

      Here's a new way to turn on to herbs: Transform a strawberry jar into an accent lamp as well as an indoor herb garden. Start by painting the terra-cotta pot with primer and flat (nonglossy) white latex paint. Cut a wooden disk to fit the top of the pot, and screw a wired lamp socket into the wood. (The lid lifts off for watering to avoid shocks. See next slide.) Use a grow-light bulb to augment window light for the plants. Herbs in this lamp: dwarf sage and oregano.

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      Easy-to-Grow Herbs

      Fresh-from-the-garden herbs add flavor and fragrance to foods. Try these easy-care garden favorites.
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