How to Make an Indoor Self-Watering Herb Garden

No green thumb required.

Episode: Garden of Eatin'

Sunny Anderson shows how to make a Self-Watering Herb Garden, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

Start an herb garden indoors with a planter that will keep your herbs hydrated and blooming all year long.

What you'll need:

  • Empty 2-liter soda bottle
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Plastic wrap
  • Soil
  • Herb seedlings or seeds
  • Water

Sunny Anderson shows how to make a Self-Watering Herb Garden, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

How to:

  1. Rinse a 2-liter soda bottle, remove the label and cut in half with scissors.
  2. Cut three 6-inch strands of twine.
  3. Tie the twine strands together in a knot about 2 inches from one end, to create a wick.
  4. Puncture a 1/2-inch hole into a square of plastic wrap.
  5. Thread the twine wick through the plastic wrap hole.
  6. Wrap the plastic over the neck of the bottle.
  7. With the neck of the bottle facing down, fill one-third of the way with soil.
  8. Spread out the strands of the twine wick and plant the herb seedlings or seeds.
  9. Fill in any gaps with more soil.
  10. Add water to the base of bottle.
  11. Place the neck of the bottle into the base, so the twine wick can absorb the water.
  12. Keep the self-watering planter in an area with plenty of sunlight.
  13. Add more water to the base of the planter when you see it needs refilling.
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