You are not a true gardener if you haven’t attempted to grow plants in every container you can find around the house.. And then you achieve the mad-gardener status after you start buying “things” from the crockery section only to plant in them! You may also purposefully “retire” old containers to be used as planters. Yes, fancy teacups & deep platters not for a high-tea but for an indoor herb garden! And now you know, what level I am at currently 😛
GROW HERBS INDOORS IN TEA CUPS
Since the cups were plain, I decided to add some glamour with my stash of VERY old glass paints (that still surprisingly were liquid). Also, I do not know how to drill holes in ceramic, yet, so the good old trick of using gravel works well.
And here’s presenting to you, an indoor herb garden grown in teacups and proudly displayed in our drawing room! (Because where else, do you hold high-tea parties..lol)
All the supplies i required were some glass colors ( that date wayyy back to 2004.. kudos CAMEL) & a thin paintbrush to label the cups. And obviously, some newspapers to line my work surface because this can get a bit messy!
This is so easy that i don’t even know if it needs to be told in steps. So i began by cleaning the cups & taking one contrasting color to pour around the rim. Like this..
*this is borderline addictive, once you see how the paint slowwwwwwly slides down
If i found that i need an extra line somewhere, i just placed a drop of color at that spot. The exciting part is that you never now what the final result will be! Also, thicker paint works better since it glides down slowly giving you better control & results.
*Some colors are naturally thicker than the others and this also depends on how old they are.
To add a bit of interest, i did the same, but upside down with the blue cup.
And after a few attempts..
Since i wanted to plant herbs in these tea cups, i thought it would be good to label them.. for all the curious questions from guests.. Hence, a thin paintbrush dipped in some paint did the job well. You could use a stencil and double-coat if you are very artsy but i’m just a *humble* gardener..
Time to plant. I chose Tulsi (Holy Basil), Mint & Stevia because those are the herbs that can grow by a window-sill and also in a smaller container. Take your pick accordingly.
Since there is no drainage hole in these cups and i can control the watering indoors, i only layered some gravel at the bottom to keep the soil dry.
The final look.. They appear a bit lanky, being freshly planted but will perk up soon!
That’s it for today folks!!
Does your garden also bring out the artist in you? Do tell me!
HAPPY GARDENING 🙂
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