We love to talk about small-space gardening in the UK, due in part to the fact that no one seems to have much land. The solution? Get creative with the space you do have! Container plants, window boxes and mini balcony gardens are the perfect way to add greenery and personality to your living space.
A great project to consider making is the Mini BBQ Herb Garden from Fern Richardson’s new book Small-Space Container Gardens. Planting in unusual containers is a great way to transform disused objects.
You will need:
- 1 portable barbecue (size of your choice)
- 1 coffee filter
- 1 small bag high-quality potting soil
- 3 to 5 herb plants (for example: oregano, basil, thyme)
- Clean the barbecue, removing as much of the blackened grime as possible.
- Place a coffee filter flat over the holes in the bottom of the grill. This will allow water to drain out but prevent the potting soil from falling through.
- Fill up the barbecue with enough potting soil so that when the herbs are planted, they will be approximately 2.5 cm (1 in) below the top edge.
- Arrange your plants until you have a pleasing combination. Fill in around the plants with potting soil, gently packing down as you go to make sure you get soil in all the nooks and crannies.
- Place your barbecue in full to partial sun, depending on the needs of your herbs.