DIY Garden in a Mint Tin For Small Spaces!
Value From Multiple Angles
A garden in a mint tin isn’t just a chic, stylish way to grow flowers, vines, vegetables, or grasses indoors; it’s also something that helps you repurpose what would otherwise be treated as trash and thrown away. Effectively, you’re recycling. Most people buy mints in a tin a few times a year and then just throw the tin away—but why?
A compact mint tin is actually quite a good receptacle. While it can be useful to turn such tins into containers for buttons, or make one into a sort of portable miniature sewing kit, a mint tin can act as more than a convenient enclosed container. Mint tins are perfect for planting miniature gardens. Multiple plants can be carefully husbanded in such micro-environments.
You’ve heard of bonsai trees? These are tiny little trees whose popularity is centered in Japan. Essentially, you can hold such a tree in the palm of your hand, and it appears to be a miniature of a much larger tree. Well, many plants actually grow to meet their environment. That is to say: they’ll get as small or as big as they can where they are.
Succulents and more can be husbanded in a mint tin, making the small space positively bloom with life—sometimes so abundantly the metal container beneath the flora disappears. It will require a little preparation, of course; and so we’ll cover how to make a fruitful mint tin garden through several simple DIY steps.
Step 1: Get The Container And Prepare It
Different mint tins are larger, smaller, deeper, or more shallow. Ideally, you’ll want one about two inches by four inches—not exactly, but in that range. They’ll usually be about a half inch deep, also. Poke holes in it; all you’ll really need are two, and using a drill does the job easy.
The holes shouldn’t be too big; as big around as a pencil eraser, no more. Smaller is fine. The holes are for drainage. Next you’ll take the lid from the hinges and place it beneath the holes to catch water runoff when you irrigate your miniature garden.
Step 2: Combine Soil And Flora
While you can probably find a handful of good soil somewhere near your premises, it can be worthwhile for you to go to a flower shop or home and garden area in the department store to find the best options. You don’t need much. You’ll want to match the soil to the needs of what plants you intend to grow.
There are a variety of options out there; a few were glossed over earlier in this writing. Flowers, vines, grasses, succulents, and certain vegetables can flourish from a mint tin; you might stimulate your imagination exploring some of the options available at the My Seed Needs website.
Step 3: Place Mint Tin In Most Conducive Area
Some plants only want a little bit of sunlight; some need all you can give them. Certainly research the needs of your plant as you decide what to grow. While you might have success simply putting a plant in a corner, you’re probably going to do better if it’s on a windowsill, or in regular view of the sun. UV lights can also produce interesting results.
Step 4: Water Appropriately And Watch It Grow
Your mint tin garden needs to be given the right amount of water; it’s possible to drown plants in too much. As your garden grows, you can keep it healthy, and soon it will come to be a gorgeous and organically fine decorative piece of your home.
Multiple Gardens That Are Portable
You’ll likely buy more than one tin of mints over the course of a year, and this gives you the opportunity to husband multiple miniature gardens. Get enough of them in an array, and you can essentially decorate the whole home with little gardens or conform them into larger shapes as you will.
There’s plenty of possibility, and no end of style in a mint tin garden. Even the smallest spaces can feel more comfortable with such aesthetic, convenient horticulture. Just because you’re in the center of a city doesn’t mean you can’t have a natural personal oasis.