Right before mother’s day Chick-Fil-A sent me a sweet card with some fun treats included. I got to try their frosted coffee shake and the super yummy spicy southwest chicken salad. With the gifts came a challenge, the challenge was to find something to do with the container that the salad came in.
I am going to be really honest. My first thought was “what the heck am I going to do with this container that is going to be halfway decent?” I am not a crafty person. I can totally visualize a project in my head, but I am lucky for something to turn out half as good as what I pictured.
Here is what I came up with. A mini greenhouse.
You see I have been wanting to plant some herbs, but my backyard is lacking space, in a serious way and the times that I attempted to plant herbs they got quickly out of control, resembling weeds rather than herbs. I did some research and found that herbs are more easily managed when controlled by a pot. I decided to take a chance and plant three different types of seeds in my makeshift greenhouse.
The best part about this project is that it was inexpensive, because typically the item that costs the most is the pot, my container was free because I was reusing the salad container. I picked three of my favorite herbs and a bag of potting soil while I was at the grocery store and I think that I spent a total of $10.
I poked a few small holes in the bottom of the container to allow for drainage, put the potting soil in the container and got to work. I divided the container into thirds and planted my seeds in rows. I planted chives, oregano and basil and put the lid on top. The lid already had a few holes in it so no work was required on that front. The best part of the set up is that the lid is slightly domed so it creates a natural greenhouse effect.
I love the fact that I will be able to bring the container in and out of my house when I am cooking and need some fresh herbs for the dishes that I am preparing. I also love that it doesn’t take up a tremendous amount of space outside.
Thanks Chick-Fil-A for challenging me to get outside of my comfort zone and helping me to come up with a creative way to grow fresh herbs this summer!