Like many people, you’ve undoubtedly wanted to have your own garden. But maybe you’ve never lived in a large enough space though and it’s held you back.
It’s impossible to grow a beautiful garden if you live in an apartment building, right? Actually that’s not 100% true. You can design a wonderful small garden in a mint tin and grow herb and vegetable seeds in the comfort of your own home. And it’s going to be a lot easier than you think.
Whether you know it or not, designing a DIY mint tin garden is perfect for people in small spaces. Your garden can flourish on your windowsill or anywhere else in your apartment. You can keep them in tiny spaces within your home or grow them and give them as gifts to friends and family members.
Guess what? They are very simple to create, so this is an easy and enjoyable project for you and the whole family. To learn how, keep reading and soon you’ll be growing herbs, sprouts, and succulents in your apartment or small house with no difficulty at all.
The Necessary Supplies for a Mint Tin Garden
Very similar to all DIY projects, you’ll have to get your hands on the correct and necessary supplies in order to grow a mint tin garden. The supplies needed to help your garden grow correctly are as follows:
- Hammer and nail: you need a hammer and nail to poke holes in the bottom of your mint tin. They will create the necessary drainage components to make it possible to grow a tiny garden in the comfort of your own apartment.
- Mint tin: a mint tin is necessary because it’s basically going to act as your garden bed. Find a mint tin lying around your home or purchase a tin of mints, enjoy the contents, and then use the tin for your small garden.
- Scissors/clippers: they are necessary to make it possible to cut or trim the mint tin as needed.
- Potting soil/cactus mix: this component is an absolute must. You’ll lay it down in the mint tin bed and plant your succulents, herbs, and seeds. If you have no soil or mix, you will not be able to plant your seeds and let them sprout into a beautiful garden.
- Seeds: seeds are a necessary component for any garden. Plant them in potting soil or cactus mix to grow sprouts, succulents, or shallow rooting plants.
Clearly, each one of the supplies mentioned above is necessary to grow a minimal yet effective mint tin garden. The supplies are easy to come by and are often free. But at best, you’ll have to spend a small amount of money in an effort to acquire them.
A Step-By-Step Plan to Create a Mint Tin Garden
- Take the mint tin and remove the lid at the hinge. Do not discard the lid because you will need it for your tin garden. So take the scissors or clippers that you’ve acquired and use them to remove the lid from the tin. You can literally cut it right off but try to keep it from bending. Keep it in good shape and try not to bend it because you’ll need it in the near future.
- Next, it’s time to add in the drainage holes. Grab the bottom of the tin and poke four holes into each corner. These holes will make it possible to drain the water once you water your plants. Use the hammer and nail, flip the tin upside down, and proceed to hammer holes into the tin with the nail. If you have a drill bit on hand, use it to drill holes into the tin if you’re looking for an easier and more convenient alternative option.
- Take your freshly drilled or nailed tin and proceed to place the lid underneath it. The lid is now a saucer and it will collect the water as it drains from the soil. Not only that, it also makes the tin look much nicer because you’ll no longer have to see the holes in the bottom of the tin.
- Get your potting soil or cactus mix and place it into the bottom of the mint tin planter. Now it’s ready for you to add the soil when you are prepared to begin planting.
- Begin adding your seeds or sprouts to the soil. Or even add plants but only add those that have shallow roots. Consider growing radishes, wheatgrass, or alfalfa sprouts as excellent alternative options. Or consider growing herbs like lemon mint or other options.
As you can see, this step-by-step process is very easy to follow. Once you’ve completed the steps, remember to water your seeds accordingly.
As a best practice, you can water your newly planted seeds one time and let the soil become dry again before you water them for a second time. You should wait roughly 2 weeks between watering sessions, but this all depends on the types of plants and seeds as well as the time of the year.
Ashley Lipman, Content marketing specialist
Ashley is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing creative solutions for building brands online. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches.