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How I Found Myself in the Rebar Aisle of the Home Improvement Store.

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Do you use herbs in your cooking? This DIY herb garden might be just the thing to add to your summer patio. I love the fragrances and find myself picking a leaf or two, or just rubbing my fingers on some of my lovely herbs when passing by. I like using terra cotta on my patio and chose to build a vertical garden with them for my herbs.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $45 Difficulty: Medium
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
So, here I was in the rebar aisle at Lowes, but behold, I found something better than a piece of rebar to begin my project!  
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
This is the important thing I found and I wanted to make sure you knew what it is, so I took this picture of the label.  This is a 36″ steel stake that has holes in it.  I couldn’t find anything similar at Home Depot. 
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
I gathered some terra cotta pots.   I used one 14″ x 12″, one 10″ x 9″ three 6″ x 5 1/2″ and one 41/2″ x 41/2″.  I began with my 9″ (tall) by 10″ (across) pot using duct tape on both sides of the drainage hole of the pot to seal it before mixing the concrete. I mixed fast setting concrete mix with water right in the pot and set my pole into the concrete.
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
After checking with a level to make sure the pole was straight I propped it with boards for about 15 minutes until the concrete was set enough to remove the boards. I let my concrete set up overnight, but an hour will be more than enough time.
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
I then set my pot with the concrete and post down inside my largest pot.
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
I filled in all around the smaller pot and on top of the concrete with potting soil
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
I began planting my herbs all around the post.
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
Remember those holes in the steel pole. This is when they come in handy. I simply pushed a nail with a small head part way through the hole.
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
I slipped the first of my smaller pots over the post and down to where it would rest on the nail.
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
Time to plant the smaller pots and add two more to the pole!
  • how i found myself in the rebar aisle of the home improvement store
Here is my completed herb garden, ready to flourish in the Florida sunshine! A perfect patio herb garden to enjoy harvesting from!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Terra cotta pots   (Walmart)
  • Potting Soil   (Walmart)
  • Steel pole   (Lowes)
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To see more: http://celebrateanddecorate.com/found-rebar-aisle/

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