Vertical Gardening is quite the trend this year. From salad gardens built on hanging wooden planks to the inventive use of hanging shoe organizers. And why not? It is the classic cook’s conundrum: You want to have fresh herbs at arm’s reach, but you haven’t got the space for an entire herb garden—or you live in an apartment with very little outdoor space. So, we created our own simple DIY solution that props your herb garden up with basic yard lattice.
Here’s what you’ll need for this vertical herb garden project:
- 8 paint stirrers (FREE at The Home Depot)
- Spray paint or acrylic house paint
- Alphabet stencils or stamps
- A 5-foot, square-frame trellis
- 8 lightweight plastic garden pots with lip (8-inch pots worked well and left room for growth)
- 16 “S” hooks (1½-inch work best)
- 8 cooking herbs of your choice
- Potting soil
Step 1: Spray the stirrers with a color of your choice. You can use also use any acrylic house paint you’ve got lying around.
Step 2: Stencil the names of the herbs on to the stirrers.
Step 3: Pot your herbs in the plastic pots with potting soil.
Step 4: Make sure your herb markers are in place.
Step 5: Grab some “S” hooks.
Step 6: Position two “S” hooks under the lip of a pot, about 1½ inches apart. Clip onto the lattice frame, which should be positioned in the well-lit area where you’d like your herbs.
Step 7: Continue until you’ve finished all of the pots. Give your new garden a watering.
[We noticed recently that Mya of the blog Mya's Musings completed this project, with a few modifications. She did a great job. Take a look at her version of this vertical garden project. -Ed.]