Making a hanging vertical herb garden for your outdoor area is easier than you might think.
This method for making your own vertical garden for fresh herbs is really inexpensive in addition to being easy to make. That makes this the perfect project for beginners (even if you don't think you are handy!) A few supplies and you will be well on your way to having fresh herbs ready to cut for every single meal you serve up this summer.
To me, there is nothing better than stepping out of my back door, harvesting some herb, and getting that fresh-from-the-garden taste. No need to run to the store - just create a vertical garden for your home.
What materials are needed for a vertical herb garden?
The following supplies are needed for this DIY vertical herb garden.
• Hanging organizer (meant for shoes and other supplies)
• Coco basket liners
• Potting soil
• Herb plants
• Wood plant markers (if desired)
I started with a hanging organizer that only had six openings. You can look around for one sized perfectly for your needs. Think about the number of different herbs that you want to grow then look for something similar in various sizes. You can look at department and home-improvement stores where you find organization products for shoes, bath supplies and more.
Next cut the coco liners to fit into the openings of your organizer. I used a heavy-duty pair of scissors and a little elbow grease for cutting. Make sure that the coco liner will cover around all sides when inserted into the divider, as shown. I even let mine overlap a bit.
Insert the cut liner into your organizer. Repeat this process for every opening that you have. I found that one coco liner would cover two of my openings. That should roughly give you an idea of how many you need to purchase.
Be sure to hang up your empty vertical herb garden next. I found that it was much easier to insert my plants when the organizer was hanging. Hang this in an area that is okay to get wet. Remember the wall behind the planter as well as the ground will see moisture
Insert each plant into an opening. Add potting soil if needed to fill the openings with dirt.
TIP: To minimize watering, you can line each opening with plastic inside of the coco liner before adding your plants. This will help the entire DIY vertical garden to maintain moisture so you will water less often. Plastic shopping bags are perfect for this task. Just be sure to add a small hole to allow for a little drainage
Repeat this process until all of the openings in your organizer have a plant added. Water everything well once re-potting is complete. You can now add plant markers if desired. I find that I forget what an herb looks like as the summer goes on. You can always search online for the name, but a marker makes things a bit quicker.
Here we added wood markers that we hand-stamped with the name in permanent ink. There are many different types of plant markers that you can create or available to purchase, but this is a place where you can get creative with this project and really make something that suits your personal style. You could paint rocks with the herb names and lay them on each opening. Those that are crafty can use an air-dry clay and stamps for gorgeous markers that will last for years. However you mark your plants, make this project your own by getting a little creative.
Once you have everything labeled, you are ready to stand back and watch those herbs grow. Be sure to water your vertical herb garden regularly. You want those herbs to be thriving and ready for those amazing summer meals.
Tip: Water from the top so any excess water goes down onto the next plant. This is one of the benefits of having a vertical garden. The bottom plants practically water themselves!
This DIY vertical herb garden is simple and fairly inexpensive but will look great outside just about any home.