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Recycled Bean Can Planters

Bean can herb plantersBean can herb plantersI did my usual and spread out around base camp! It was inevitable really, leave me too long in any one place and I'll soon have a whole garden of herbs and vegetables growing around me!

I love growing things (especially food!) and it was something I really missed when we were working together and on the road. It's the perfect way to take a break from the laptop and get a bit of fresh air, and it's lovely to listen to the sounds of the birds nearby and hear the busy buzz of the bees and other pollinators enjoying the flowers you've provided.

The thing is I'm as much a miser as I am a gardener and so I don't ever want to buy brand new pots or planters, plus buying things for a camp spot does end up rooting more than just plants to the place and who wants to stay tied down? I know we're not planning on going anywhere any time soon but there's something comforting about still being ready to! :)

You may be a little confused since we're all about living wild, but Ryan's job as an agricultural engineer has kept him busy for the past year whilst we've also been gradually chipping away at all those remaining refurb projects about Waki and meaning our nomadic lifestyle has been somewhat sedentary of late. It's still a long list of to-do's and will take a lot longer yet but we're happy enough with the progress and our pace of life. We're not all work and no play, and so have been doing our touring and exploring by motorcycle this year instead - giving Waki (and Kaa!) a nice long rest from the travelling life! 

After some Google procrastination I was inspired by other recycled planter projects I had seen and decided to have a go at these cute little bean tin planters. Let's face it, we ALL have tins to throw away from something or another so why not make use of them? Reducing the quantity of waste items we have to get rid of saves me one more trip into the recycling centre in our local town as well. Because of their size you can't expect to grow much in them, but they're perfect for growing lots of small herb plants.


The process is simple enough; carefully drill a hole near the rim of a cleaned tin can to hang them from, and several more in the bottom for drainage. Paint them if you wish, though I do like the rusty finish once they've weathered a while, label them if you need to and string them up in bunches somewhere sunny! Enjoy your fresh herbs!


Sarah is a UK artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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