• Cathy Dyer

Coffee Bag Gardening

Small gardening for small people. Introduce your child to gardening with this easy and inexpensive project.


This bag is planted with English thyme.

I drink A LOT of coffee and agonize over throwing all those 2 pound plastic coffee bags away. Here is a cool way to recycle them, and do a little gardening project with your kid.


One thing I've learned from volunteering at SEEDS, a community garden and kitchen classroom in Durham, NC, is that kids are highly likely to try vegetables and herbs they have grown themselves.


Introduce your child to gardening with this easy and inexpensive project. No gardening tools required.


How to Make A Coffee Bag Planter

  1. Cut off the top of the bag if needed.

  2. Punch or cut holes in the bottom of the bag for drainage.

  3. Put some sort of drainage material in the bottom inch or two of the bag. You could use small stones. I used pine straw because I have an abundance of pine straw in the woods behind my home. Thank you pine trees!

  4. Fill the bag with potting soil, leaving room for your herb or small vegetable (small pepper plants, small

  5. Plant your beautiful herb or vegetable and finish filling the bag with soil. I put English thyme in mine.