Urban Gardening: Wine Box Planter

My husband and I have created a magical urban garden on our roof terrace, which is around around 40 metres square, and where we grow medicinal, magical and endemic Canarian plants. Our weather is extremely dry and hot, reaching 50 Celsius degrees (that’s 122 Farenheit degrees) in the summer, and we often get sand storms from the Saharan coast near us, so it’s not an easy job, and not all plants survive this conditions – but, on the other hand, we can plant seeds all through the year, we don’t get any freeze or snow, and many herbs that are annuals in other areas can grow uninterruptedly for years. So, choosing the right plants, we can not only enjoy a beautiful garden all year, but also provide my spellwork customers with the best organic herbal supplies for the work that is performed for them, something that makes me extremely proud.

Plants are Common Sage (Salvia Officinalis, left back), Spearmint (mentha Spicata, right back), and Marjoram (Origanum Mejorana, left front).

Wine Box Planter

Take a solid wine box or a wooden crate, make some holes in the botton and paint it with a water resistant paint, like the kind of paint you would use on outdoors furniture. Then, take a big piece of plastic (we used a leftover plastic sheet like the ones used to protect the floor when painting walls), make several holes in it, and line the whole box with it, both bottom AND sides. You don’t have to glue it or staple it – start filling it with soil, and when it’s filled, cut all the leftover plastic around the border of the box. Remember that the quality of the soil is very important!

Then, plant the herbs of your choice, remembering to choose them by similar water+sunlight needs, so they grow well together. Plant the highest ones on the back, and the lower/creeping ones on the front, and don’t overcrowd the planter– this is why one of the corners is just covered with a sun clock tile; it keeps the cats from digging in the planter, and leaves a whole quarter of the planter free for root growth. You can also use rocks, gemstones, small statues or figurines, etc. If in the next months any of the plants grows way more than the others, it will be removed and changed for a smaller one, or for cuttings of the same plant. The best of a container garden is that you can create new combinations all the time, so don’t be afraid to experiment!


Extra note – both the wine box and the can of paint came from dumpster diving, so this project was 100% free, and 100% recycled!

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