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Shell Herb Garden

Rebecca Lanham

If you'd like to grow some of your own herbs for cooking purposes, why not make the garden they are grown in decorative? Plant the herbs in various clam shells and conk shells for display!


  • various shells
  • potting soil (seeding blend)
  • measuring cup (or any kind of scoop)
  • watering can and water
  • herb seeds (parsley, basil, sage, rosemary, thyme, etc.)



  1. Choose various shells with deep crevices.
  2. Fill shells with potting soil (using the measuring cup as a scoop).
  3. Sprinkle potting soil with various herb seeds.
  4. Gently water the soil and seeds.
  5. Place in your outdoor garden, kitchen, windowsill or anywhere you want decorative plants.
  6. Once the herb plants are 1 inch tall, transplant in a prepared area (or even deeper shells) for continued growth.
  7. In natural shells, this garden looks quite nice outdoors. It blends in with the surrounding area and gives a subtle, decorative touch.


Additional step: have adults or children paint the shells before planting the garden for a more vibrant looking garden.

This project is quite easy, and can be done by the youngest child.

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June 5, 20060 found this helpful

Creative and fun useful tip!

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August 11, 20070 found this helpful

Great idea! I've got so many shells that are going unused!

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October 22, 20120 found this helpful

Shells have many uses. Here in Florida, Walmarts and many of the big box stores use shells as mulch. Plants look pretty peeking out of the shells.

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