Introduction: How to Make a Laptop Box Styrofoam Herb Planter
If your like me, you have the greatest herbs in the summer... then in winter, no more fresh herbs for you. I wanted some herbs in my kitchen to be able to use year round, so I decided to make one.
Supplies you'll need:
Rectangular 'Styrofoam' box ( Not truly styrofoam, its more squishy. It's actually EPP, expanded polypropylene. Thanks macrumpton! I got mine out of a laptop box, it's used to protect the ends of the laptop)
Thin strip of cardboard
Potting soil or Dirt
Herbs ( You can use seeds, but if you already have herbs growing outside, there are probably baby ones sprouting near them)
Step 1: Start With the Planter
Okay, so take your 'styrofoam' . Mine had holes in the bottom, so I took some card board and cut it about the length of the bottom to stop too much water from leaking. ( Some will still leak, see how to remedy in step #3)
Step 2: The Dirty Work
Okay, so now take your planter outside, and fill with potting soil, or dirt, or whatever you prefer to plant with, just don't use a manure based soil or something that smells bad.
Plant your seeds in it now, or locate some herb sproutlings, very carefully dig them up, being careful of the root, and put them in your planter. Now put some more dirt over the roots of the plants, until just a little below the top of your planter.
Step 3: Set It Up
Water your baby plants (or seeds) in well, then come back indoors and place the planter on a window sill or sunny place. Preferably in the kitchen, for easy access to herbs. Place two lids ( Peanut butter jar lids worked well for me) under the planter to catch extra water that may drip, especially if your 'styrofoam' has holes in the bottom.
Step 4: You're All Done!
Enjoy your new planter, and having fresh herbs in the winter!!