DIY Industrial Herb Garden April 16, 2015 There’s something so rewarding about harvesting your own vegetables and herbs from the garden. Tending to your garden and seeing it through the whole process from seed to mature plant is extra fun, so why not bring the goodness of your garden indoors with this industrial herb garden? Added bonus: you wont have to fight off those pesky garden critters! Seen here on the show, we love using antique items in unexpected ways. For example, this vintage chicken feeder turned into a herb garden – as seen on episode 11- season 2. We realize that not everyone will have access to a vintage chicken feeder, so we thought it would be a fun idea to show how to ‘get the look’ with items available at your local hardware store. What you’ll need: 5″ x 30″ gauge galvanized duct pipe Tin snippers Drill Aluminum baking pan Toilet cleaner (to age pipe – we found Zep Acid Toilet Bowl Cleaner to worked well) Steel wool Soil Herbs of choice Optional: Orange, brown and black paint Stencil Directions: – Cut pipe to desired height (this one measures approx. 14″) (important: please be sure to use protective gear to cut through the tin as the edges become extremely sharp.) – In a well ventilated area, place pipe in bucket or tray and generously pour toilet bowl cleaner solution all over pipe. – Wearing rubber gloves, scrub pipe with steel wool and allow to sit for 30 minutes (you should see it begin to corrode.) – Once you are happy with the patina, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry (you may need to repeat the process if not completely corroded.) – Mix orange and brown paint at a 1:3 ratio and apply to give the illusion of rust. (optional) – Stencil numbers or letters with acrylic paint. (optional) – Drill four small holes in the bottom of the baking pan. (this is optional, but it allows for improved drainage) – Fill baking pan with soil. If using a bundt or tube baking pan, place a piece of plastic over the opening to seal its hole. – Place pipe in the center and fill with soil. – Plant desired herbs around baking pan and then on top of pipe. Make these part of your home by stenciling a number that has meaning to you, be it your house number or a date, etcetera. You could also write words related to cooking such as ‘kitchen,’ ‘cook,’ ‘herbs,” etcetera. Whatever speaks to you! Also, remember to research the herbs you choose to plant. Sun-loving herbs may require a few extra hours of sunlight, whereas others may not. Enjoy!