DIY Hanging Herb Garden

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$40
2 Days
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This is a project I made for my wife that we put in our kitchen. We usually have a garden every summer, but this year we decided we wanted to bring in some of the herbs inside to have fresh as we cook.
My herb garden consisted of three shelves with three pots in each. You can make your boards whatever length you want. I got two 1x6’s at my local home center and cut three boards to 32” in length.
I measured in from each corner and drilled holes for the rope to pass through. I wanted the rope to be pretty tight once it went through the drilled holes so I made sure it was as snug fit with some test holes before drilling the actual boards. I would recommend doing this. I think my rope and drill bit size was ¼”.I measured in 1” from the side of the board and ½” from the end of the boards at each corner.
When I drilled the hole I made sure to put another piece of board under and clamp them together so I wouldn’t get tear out from drilling. This is a great trick especially when you are drilling larger holes.
The next thing I had to do was cut out the holes for the pots to fit in. I used 4” clay pots that I picked up from my local home center. I had to make sure the pots would not fall through the hole I cut, so the first thing I did was measure my pot and determine my hole size. It was exactly 4” in diameter. I marked where my holes needed to be and then drew a circle where I would cut each hole out.
The next thing I had to do was cut out the holes for the pots to fit in. I used 4” clay pots that I picked up from my local home center. I had to make sure the pots would not fall through the hole I cut, so the first thing I did was measure my pot and determine my hole size. It was exactly 4” in diameter. I marked where my holes needed to be and then drew a circle where I would cut each hole out.
To make a perfect circle without a compass, I tied a piece of string to a pencil and the other side to a wood screw 2” apart. Then I drill the screw part way in on the center mark of where I wanted a hole to be. Then, keeping my pencil straight, I went around the screw in a circle. This worked great for creating a perfect circle. If I were to do this again, I would just purchase a hole saw and use that, but I didn’t have one for this project so used a jigsaw.
To make a perfect circle without a compass, I tied a piece of string to a pencil and the other side to a wood screw 2” apart. Then I drill the screw part way in on the center mark of where I wanted a hole to be. Then, keeping my pencil straight, I went around the screw in a circle. This worked great for creating a perfect circle. If I were to do this again, I would just purchase a hole saw and use that, but I didn’t have one for this project so used a jigsaw.
I made a large pilot hole inside the drawn circle to have a place to start with the jigsaw, and then I cut out each circle. Cut slow and let the blade do the cutting. I went very fast at first and had to redo a few mistakes. It does work great though.
I sanded the inside of the holes until I got rid of most of the jigsaw cut marks and then with the random orbital sander, I sanded the boards up to 220 grit sandpaper.I put on 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic sanding lightly in between each coat.
To start with the rope I added a piece of painter's tape at the end of the rope so that I could fish it through the hole a little easier without splitting up the rope. I just started at each corner and put the rope up through the corner of each board. I tied a knot at the bottom of the bottom board.I added zip ties on the rope below each shelf corner so the shelf could rest and be held up on the zip tie. This worked really well. You can make your shelves be as far apart as you want. I decided to make mine 10” apart.
I left about 30” of extra rope at the top just to make sure I had enough to hang it with. I then tied the two ropes from each side together in a knot and this what I would use to hang the shelf with.
I am sure each situation might be a little different when it comes to hanging the garden. I decided to use 2.5” hooks to hang mine with. I measured out the place on the wall where I wanted the hooks to be, then I pre drilled a small hole and tightened the hooks in place. You want to make sure you have a stud behind where you are adding the hooks. The garden can get pretty heavy when you consider the weight of all the pots and dirt. I put my hooks in the crease where the ceiling meets the wall. There is a 2x4 that runs along the top of my wall that I made sure to hit behind the drywall.
After hanging, I had to go back to the zip ties and adjust some of them to be level. I could move a few of them around but others I had to add a new zip tie and cut the old off. Just keep adjusting until everything is where you want it.
We are almost done. Now it is time to pick out your herbs or plants and add them into the pots. We got a few basic herbs from the local home center, and then we tried to start a few from seed. Once you fill the pots, you can add them to your garden frame and you are all finished. Make sure that the spot you choose to hang your garden has plenty of sunlight that your plants need.
This herb garden would be a great addition to your space. Plus there is nothing like fresh herbs when you are cooking. Make sure you check out the video I made to go along with this.
I hope you enjoyed this project. Check out the full video on Youtube.

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  • Audrey Niespodziany Nichols
    on May 11, 2019

    How do you water them without water running thru and having a mess?

    • Stolzy
      on Jul 18, 2020

      My friend and I made this! We followed the instructions and it turned out great!

      I chose to paint it. As for watering/dripping, I have a small bench under it with a large split philodendron named Sally and a Spider plant named Peter. They love getting dripped on.

  • Pat Patriot
    on May 11, 2019

    Dont they need sunlight?

    • Stolzy
      on Jul 18, 2020

      In the instructions, when he begins the installation he says to be sure you have a place with plenty of sunlight.

  • Rachel
    on May 11, 2019

    how do you water on without the water running through do you take them out every time and put them in the sink or outside to water them

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  • Mcgypsy9
    on Jul 18, 2020

    I did enjoy your project, however, here are a few tips. Maybe you should reconsider where you put this, as these plants need direct sunlight, not just indirect. A simple solution without a garden window would be to place the rack right up in a window. There’s usually a ledge above a window about 2-4 inches wide, just screw it right into that area and let it rest against the window. One with plenty of sun!

    You also need a drip pan. Add another shelf to the bottom the same distance apart as the other shelves. Set a long narrow pan or plastic container or 3 separate devices on the wood. It will catch the water from all 3 shelves of pots because they are all underneath each other.

    Just so you know, they don’t make hole saws that big for regular people. They may do so for a large business but not for us. Jig saws can be tricky. Measure out your hole on the top and the bottom of the wood. One should be directly above the other. Cut your circle out then flip the wood to insure you got the whole thing. If you didn’t, your marks on the other side will reveal what you still need to cut and cut it from that side.


    Hope this helps! For your first time, you did an excellent job!

    • Mcgypsy9
      on Jul 18, 2020

      Faux plants don’t need to grow and when you are growing herbs, they definitely need pretty direct sunlight. Placing a container inside the pot is fine but if you overwater the plant it will still drip.

  • Merelyn sale
    on Jul 18, 2020

    Great idea.

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