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How to Make an Indoor Salad Garden from an Old Cot Side

This post will be a bit of a surprise to those of you that know me in real life, as it’s about gardening! I am not a natural gardener but I am trying to learn. I’m going to show you how to make an indoor salad garden from an old cot side. It’s super easy and doesn’t need any tools. We chose to put ours in our kitchen, but you could also lean this vertical salad garden against a fence outside. I think it looks so nice beneath my organisation station, what do you think? Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it lush and green like this… wish me luck.How to Upcycle a Cot Side Into an Indoor Salad Garden

What You’ll Need to Make an Indoor Salad Garden from an Old Cot Side

This was such a quick and easy DIY project, with no tools needed, yay! I have been hoarding the sides of the girls’ old cot bed for years, knowing they would come in handy. After we turned the cot bed into a toddler bed for for Thea, it broke a bit so couldn’t go back to being a cot bed again. I was so happy to have hit on this idea to give the sides a new lease of life (and justify my years of hoarding).

What you’ll need to make an indoor salad garden from an old cot side:

  • An old cot side. Ours is a cot bed, but a cot would be just fine but a little smaller
  • Containers with a hanger, ours are the VARIERA containers from IKEA, which were £4 each for the smaller ones and £6 each for the larger ones
  • Broken crockery
  • Compost
  • Herbs and salad – we got ours ready-grown from our local garden centre but you could try seeds if you prefer

How to Make an Indoor Salad Garden from an Old Cot Side

  1. Find a sunny spot in your house and lean the cot side up against it. You could fix your cot side to the wall but we may move ours so we have leaned it up like a ladder. It’s pretty heavy now it has all that compost in it, so isn’t likely to fall over.
  2. Carefully break up some old pots or cups and scatter them on the bottoms of your containers. This will help with drainage, to make sure your plants don’t get waterlogged. If you wanted to have your salad garden outside, you would need to drill holes in the bottom of each container for drainage. Add a layer of broken pots to the base of the planters
  3. Add compost on top, to around a third of the capacity – you don’t want them to get too heavy by over filling. Layer on some compost
  4. Gently remove your herbs and salads from the pots they came in, and add to the containers, adding more compost around them until they are roughly level.

    Herbs, lettuce and strawberries planted up ready to move indoors

  5. Clean the compost from the sides and base of the containers and take them inside. Slot the containers over the bars of the cot side. Back of our indoor herb gardenWater the plants and admire your indoor herb garden. The evening sun streams into this area of our kitchen/diner, so we think this will be a good location for our indoor salad garden. Upcycled Cot Side made in to an Indoor Edible Garden

Which Herbs to Plant in Your Indoor Salad Garden

There are loads of things you could plant in your indoor salad garden. I chose mint, basil, parsley, thyme and a couple of varieties of lettuce. We have a huge rosemary bush in our garden so didn’t need to grow more of that. We’re trying our hand at trailing strawberries on the bottom layer – finger’s crossed they work. Parsley in an indoor edible garden

Other plants that would work well for an indoor edible garden are trailing cherry tomatoes and spinach. We have got some spinach seeds to plant up as we couldn’t find any ready-grown at the garden centre.

So now we have our indoor salad garden, I can’t wait to use the salad and herbs in my cooking. Fresh herbs are so much nicer than dried ones, don’t you think? If you like my ideas for how to make an indoor salad garden, why not Pin this for later?

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  1. Niels Gàr

    18th August 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Great tutorial and really nice looking indoor garden!
    I might create my own based on your idea 🙂

    1. Becky Pink

      18th August 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much Niels, I hope you make your own, it’s so lovely to have fresh herbs and salad!

  2. Lins @ Boo & Maddie

    7th August 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Becky this is SO clever, I would never come up with an idea like this. It looks so stylish too, I love it X #HomeEtc

  3. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    6th August 2018 at 12:15 pm

    This is SUCH an amazing idea!!!!! BRILLIANT Becky! You clever thing!! 🙂 Just like a living wall — I love it!! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing on #HomeEtc

  4. Innocent Charms Chats

    1st August 2018 at 3:26 pm

    What a brilliant idea, I love it, I shall have to do something similar for sure xx

    1. Becky Pink

      1st August 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks so much, we have moved it outside as we’re on holiday and can’t water it, it’ll be interesting to see how much survives! Xx

  5. hellopeagreen

    21st July 2018 at 10:33 am

    A fantastic up-cyling project. Love it, super well done!!

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd July 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks so much Mary, I’m so happy to have found a use for it! xx

  6. natalieholdenid

    16th July 2018 at 2:21 pm

    This is a brilliant idea!!! Looks great 🙂

  7. Nicola Capper

    11th July 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Wow so glad I saw this before I put our cot on eBay!

    1. Becky Pink

      11th July 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Ha ha brilliant! I have used the other side as an accessories storage rack for the girls, but also seen you can use them as hinge down clothes airers too – so many possibilities xx

  8. fionamostyn

    11th July 2018 at 11:49 am

    A great idea for bringing the outside in if you don’t have much space. What a treat to be able to pick your fresh herbs in the kitchen as you are cooking too!

    1. Becky Pink

      11th July 2018 at 9:44 pm

      I put fresh basil in the pasta sauce tonight, it’s lovely! Xx

  9. theinterioreditor

    11th July 2018 at 9:21 am

    Such a fabulous idea, I love it!! It reminds me when I reused my daughters cot side to hang large sheets of tissue paper in my florist shop many years ago. x

    1. Becky Pink

      11th July 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Ah it’s perfect for that! I love saving things from the skip! Xx

  10. Stacey Sheppard

    10th July 2018 at 2:34 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I’d never have thought to reuse a cot bed in this way! I still have our daughter’s stored in the loft too.I wonder if my husband would go for this?!

    1. Becky Pink

      10th July 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks Stacey, we used the other half with hooks as an accessory store for the girls, also works well! I’ve seen on Pinterest people use them as pull down washing airers, lots of uses! Xx

  11. Pati

    10th July 2018 at 10:41 am

    this is absolute genius idea hun !! simple but so effective xx i love it x

    1. Becky Pink

      10th July 2018 at 11:37 am

      Thanks so much Pati, I’m really pleased with it xx

  12. Danielle

    9th July 2018 at 8:15 pm

    That’s such a great idea!!! I’ll definitely save this for when I do my kitchen makeover! x

    1. Becky Pink

      10th July 2018 at 9:57 am

      Ah thanks Danielle, just hoping I can keep them alive now xx

  13. Claire Armstrong

    4th July 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Love the idea of an indoor salad garden. I have an indoor herb garden but maybe I need to upgrade to salad. Good use of an old cot too.

    1. Becky Pink

      4th July 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you Claire, I was so happy to have found a use for it after all these years! Xx

  14. Meera

    4th July 2018 at 11:36 am

    Such a great idea, love it!

    1. Becky Pink

      4th July 2018 at 11:40 am

      Thanks so much Meera, I’m so happy with it! x

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