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We love…planting and recycling

Here at the TIEX Brazil lodge we are loving the smell of our latest creation.

The Island Experience is very proud of it's delicious mini herb garden!

Well, plant sink actually! Yes, after reading a rather inspiring book called ‘Growing Stuff, an alternative guide to gardening’ by Duncan McCorquodale we thought we’d try to find some new ways to reuse what we have around the house instead of buying new plant pots.

Hiding away at the back of the kitchen was a beautiful ceramic sink that didn’t have a home. Until now it had been posing as a fruit bowl but it always had much more potential just waiting to be discovered. So, we placed a few stones in the base for drainage, added some rich soil, a little compost and finally three plants. You’ll see in the picture that we used Basil, Thyme and Chilli Pepper. We think you’ll agree that it looks beautiful, and we can confirm that it smells amazing!

Here are our top three favourite things about creating this mini herb-garden;

  1. it’s easy to handle and can be easily moved from table to kitchen
  2. it’s the perfect way to start off seeds or small plants which can then be transferred to the garden
  3. best of all it’s vibrant and visible and reminds us to use the herbs we’re growing!


A leafy addition to the table at the Brazil lodge

So, we urge you to take a look around the house and find something redundant which you can bring back to life as a plant pot. Other ideas from the book include; saucepans and teapots, wellington boots, old handbags or suitcases and old drawers!

We’d love to hear from you about other unusual places to grow your own…

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