DIY Project: Space-Saving Herb Garden

Posted by: on March 7th, 2012 | 28 Comments
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flower pots with herbs hanging on a vertical trellis


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:

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. 

planting sticks painted blue


Step 2: Stencil the names of the herbs on to the stirrers.

stencils and planting sticks


Step 3: Pot your herbs in the plastic pots with potting soil.

overhead shot of herbs in pot


Step 4: Make sure your herb markers are in place.

herb plants on apartment balcony


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.

pot hooked on to trellis



Step 7: Continue until you’ve finished all of the pots. Give your new garden a watering.

vertical garden completed


[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.]

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  1. Thanks, Great Idea! Love it! Cannot wait to get to your store to pick up items to finally get my herb garden going and my wallflower arrangement going in my new apartment patio!

    My Xmas present to ME!!!

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  6. Jennifer Altimore says:

    SO I’m curious…. do your herbs need direct sunlight?

  7. Jackie says:

    Would you suggest digging the trellis in the ground, or securing it to the wall? I like the idea of being able to move it but I live in Vegas where the wind can get brutal…

    • I have a covered balcony so I just let it lean… It’s been fine so far (and even weathered some brutal storms). I think attaching it at the top would be a good ideas, since the weight of the soil, etc. tends to make it pretty bottom heavy. Best of luck! Hope it turns out great!

  8. yardener says:

    I found some side rails to a baby crib, for trash pick up, “free”. Over the years, I’ve saved a lot of plastic pots in various sizes & shapes, “free”. Lots of people give me seeds, “free” & since I only use 2-3 seeds per pot, I have plenty of seeds. I had picked up some brightly painted metal pots w/very long handles that would hang over a fence @ the Dollar Store, for a $1 ea. I place my hand tools in these pails, throughoput my “yarden” along the fence for convenience, I had already drilled holes in the bottom for drainage. My total cost for my project, $6.00. I do not have the side rails attached to the wall as I like to be able to move it where ever I want to. I’ve also hung plants in mine as well as my herbs, what a beautiful piece of “Art”.

  9. Fabi says:

    aproximate how much is this?

    • Laura Sullivan says:

      I spent just under $100 on everything. But I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth. Just last night I needed some chives for a soup…and there they were!

  10. Pat gutierrez says:

    Are these 5 gallon pots… I love to cook with fresh herbs …. But I have a had time growing them … Expressly Basile!!!! I just dont want to do a little bite….I would end up useing it all on one dinner… I seen how they did it in shoe rack,but it is way to small… Im just worryed the S rings wouldent hold a 5 or 10 gallon???

    • Laura Sullivan says:

      Yes, I think that 5 gallons might be the upper limit of what this trellis will hold. I definitely recommend plastic containers to lighten the load. Also, take watering into account. The containers get much heavier after a fresh watering. Good luck!

  11. mike massaro says:

    Instead of the trellis, I used a pair of old 8ft. tall wooden shutters that I painted with landscape scenery. I had to drill holes for the S-hooks.

  12. Amy Peacock says:

    Love the look of this, but Home Depot doesn’t sell the 6-foot square-frame trellis pictured. The link takes you to a 5-foot foldable (unframed) ladder trellis that is much less attractive.

  13. wanda says:

    Can u do this with house plants also?

  14. Skye I. says:

    OMG, so cute! Can’t wait to build my own. Thanks Home Depot!

  15. Victoria Chavez says:

    I have a wooded lot that results in mostly shade. This is an excellent idea when you have very little space with full sun.

  16. Grammy Blick says:

    My apologies, but I had to ‘borrow’ a photo so I could link back to this from my recipe site ( How better to have fresh herbs available while limited in space. This one is certainly a keeper.

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  18. Paige O. Taylor says:

    Love this! Especially the stenciled markers! Adding one of these to my deck this weekend. Thanks!

    • Lynn Coulter says:

      I love this, too! Bet you could substitute a couple of pots of dwarf marigolds or other summer flowers, if you wanted a little color in the mix. Gotta try this.