Save your coffee cans to make a hanging herb garden #Plants & Gardening#container gardens#great-ideas#herbs#living small#porches/balconies November 25 2013 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Mint, thyme, chives, parsley, and micro basil. Check out Offbeat Homie Christie's "balcony herb garden," which is a fancy way of saying coffee cans, hung with zip ties. When asked how plants performed in coffee cans, she explained: They did extremely well in the cans! We actually had to move some of the mint it got so huge. We have a house and an acre of land now but if I was to do this again, I would leave more room at the top so when watering, it did not spill out so easily. So start saving those cans this winter so you can start growing those herbs next spring! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS This slow-motion video will have you in tears for all the right reasons NEXT How do you Adult? Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] is there a hole in the side to loop the zip tie through? Reply Is this possible to do with plastic coffee "cans"? Reply Do you have to make holes in the bottom of the cans? This is genius, by the way. We have a balcony and no yard and we've been dying to grow herbs. Reply Yes, definitely make holes — otherwise water just gathers in the bottom of the can and the roots of the plant will get diseased/rotten. Reply That will rust in no time at all. Reply Depends on what the cans are made of. Reply Line with plastic bags. Make sure you put holes in bag. Reply I'm so glad you covered this! I've pinned the idea on Pinterest, but so many of the "cool ideas" I've found there are hit or miss when it comes to actually working well. If Massachusetts' never-ending winter from hell ever goes away, this will be a part of the deck garden I'm dreaming up. Reply This is a super cool idea. I have a balcony facing North and we get a few hours of sun in the morning and a few in the evening, BUT only on the front 18" or so of the balcony. This would be great to free up space on the floor for my attempt at lettuce. Coffee cans with flowers in them would be a great gift for someone too, maybe tie the can with some raffia or ribbon and BOOM insta-gift. Reply I love this idea! I'm definitely putting this on my list. I've been wanting to start an herb garden for the longest. Reply It is a great idea, but with holes at the bottom of the cans, where does the water drip onto? You would need to catch the water in something, but what would one use to create an appealing floor area? Reply I would hang them over the outside of the railing so they drain down off the balcony. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.