Small Space Gardening | How to Make a Mint Tin Garden


It’s easy to have a garden in the smallest of spaces when it’s grown in a tin. And why not a mint tin?

If you’re like me, you thrive being out in the garden — surrounded in green, getting your hands dirty and growing what you love. The next best thing is bringing the garden inside, especially if you’re short on space or looking for some apartment therapy. A tin like this makes it possible. Not only is it simple to convert into a planter, it’s inexpensive and you’ll feel doubly good giving new life to something that would otherwise be tossed out.

Small Space Gardening | How to Make a Mint Tin Garden


Here’s what you do:

  1. Unhinge the lid and set it aside. It should pop off easily, just try keep from bending your tin in the process.
  2. Flip the tin over and drill out drain holes using a slender drill bit. If you don’t have a drill try using a hammer and nail. I’ve had luck with 4 drain holes fashioned in a rectangular pattern.
  3. Once your drain holes are in, place your tin onto the lid. This will act as a saucer and give your planter a finished look — like with a Trash Can Planter.
  4. Fill your new planter with soil. I’m using a cactus mix to match the succulents that will soon be living here.
  5. Add plants or seeds. Choose small, shallow rooted plants or sprouts you plan to eat well before maturity (like radishes, wheat grass or alfalfa).


Small Space Gardening | How to Make a Mint Tin Garden


If you choose to grow succulents like I am here, consider growing them from divisions using a mother plant or a plant you already have at home. To divide a succulent like this Hens and Chickens simply break or cut the connecting stem or offshoot using clippers. You’ll see the offshoot (also known as a “pup”) is a bit like a strawberry runner. Let it sit in a dry, shady location for a day or two before planting. This will allow the offshoot you just cut to callus over, protecting the plant from over watering and diseases. Finally, plant your pups. When planting succulents nestle them on the soil surface (roots down) so they feel secure but not buried deeply. I like to wait a couple days before watering and then, once I do water I’m sure to let the soil dry out in between. Sometimes waiting 2 weeks or more between watering depending on the variety and time of year.


  1. What a fab way to use these tins – just last week I bought 6 pink tins of mint as I had only bought grey before thinking that was all that was available – can’t wait to see the pink tin with green plants Thanks for a great idea


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