It’s nice to have some cilantro or basil on hand when you are cooking and growing them indoors is an especially fun option in the winter. Yesterday we posted our DIY Utensil Box as part of our Christmas in July-How to Have a Stress Free December theme. However we have found another use for this box. It makes an fantastic indoor and outdoor herb garden!
You can easily keep it outside in the summer and then bring in in during the winter since it’s small and very portable. The instructions are the same as the Utensil Box.
You can make adjustments to the wood so that the box will be whatever size you need. The concept is the same no matter the size.
A staple gun with 1 ¼in. staples is the easiest way to attach everything. However, a drill and 1 ¼ in. screws will work good too. You can use either wood or drywall screws. If you use screws make sure you use a drill bit that has a diameter that is smaller than the screw diameter to pre-drill the holes so the screw threads will have something to screw into and and will go straight into the wood.
A flat working surface is important to keep the box corners and edges straight and even. Wood clamps are helpful but not required.
You will use 7 pieces of wood:
(2x) Front pieces 2 ½ in. by 10 ½ in. by ¾ in.
(2x) Side pieces 5 3/8 in. by 4 5/8 in. by 1 in.
(2x) Back and bottom 10 ½ in. by 5 3/8 in. by 1 in.
(1x) Inside divider 4 5/8 in. by 2 ¾ in. by 1 in.
Set the back piece on top of the back edge of the bottom piece and attach the bottom piece to the back piece using staples or screws along the back edge of the bottom piece.
Take a side piece and position on top of the bottom at one end. Keep the side piece flush with the back and bottom pieces. Attach the side piece to the bottom and back pieces using staples or screws. Repeat with other side piece.
Find the center of the box and position the divider piece. Attach to the bottom and back pieces using staples or screws.
Align one of the front pieces along the bottom edge of the box. Keep flush with side pieces. Using staples or screws attach the bottom front piece to both sides pieces, to the bottom piece, and to the divider piece.
Align the other front piece along the top edge of the side pieces and attach to both side pieces.
Sand smooth and paint if desired.
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What herbs do you like to grow indoors?