Monday, December 23, 2019

Small Space For a Garden? DIY Garden in a Mint Tin

Today's post is a guest post by Wendy Dessler.

Gardening has been around for thousands of years, and is still going strong today. In fact, there are
likely more people gardening today than ever before. In the USA, more than three quarters of all
American households are gardening, with many in the younger generation getting involved. 

Some people garden for fun, some to plant food and others to make money. However, the reason
many people haven’t gardened in the past comes down to not having enough space. Thankfully, you
no longer need a ton of space to have a garden. Gardens can be created in incredibly small places
and be very portable and compact. Even something as small as a tin of mints can be the location for
a mini garden.

With that in mind, this article is going to guide you through the steps of creating your own DIY garden
in a simple mint tin. Whatever type of seed collections you want to use, this blog post will help you
create a cute, small and functional garden.

Step 1 - Prepare the Tin

The first step is to find the right tin. Any regular sized mint tin could work, so feel free to use a tin 
already in your home, or go out and buy another. Once a tin of the right size is found, it’s time to 
prepare the tin. You need to be sure to remove the lid from the tin, without damaging the base of the 
tin in the process. It should come off quite easily and unhinge in a few seconds.

Once the tin lid had been unhinged and mints have been removed, you need to flip the tin over. Once 
 flipped over, you should drill out a few small drain holes into the bottom of the tin. A hammer and nails 
can work as well, if you don’t have a drill. The amount of holes you add is up to you, but four is 
normally a good amount.

When the drain holes are drilled, flip the tin back over and set it inside the lid. From now on, the lid 
will sit under the tin, and act as a base for your new mini garden planter. It could also give your planted 
a more complete and finished look.

Step 2 - Fill the Tin With Soil


Once the tin is prepared and set up, it is time to fill it up with soil. There are many different types of 
soil out there that you can purchase and utilize. The kind you use will depend on what you plant, how 
much you can afford and the type available where you are. For example, if you want to plant some 
succulents, using cactus mix is often a good call.


Step 3 - Add Your Plants


Once the soil has been prepared and added, you need to add your plants into the tin. Of course, 
seeds can also be added. You likely want to choose small plants that have very shallow roots so 
they will be able to grow successfully. Also, plants you eat before they are fully grown (such as 
radishes), are also a decent candidate. Succulents are also common in these type of mini gardens, 
as they are very simple to grow and easy to maintain.

Step 4 - Care for the Plant

Of course, once the plant is fully planted and ready to grow, you have only fought half the battle. 
Next, you need to be sure to care for the plant. The amount of work required will depend on the 
needs of the plant. If the plant requires it, be sure to water it regularly and give it lots of sun.

In conclusion, even if you have a limited space for a garden, something as small and simple as a 
mint tin can be turned into a DIY garden. Not only is it a space saver, but you are reusing something 
that would certainly be thrown out otherwise.

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