Make a Vertical Garden in 3 Easy Steps!

Four years ago I had a crazy idea to mix a trellis and some planters to make an easy vertical herb garden on our deck, just steps from my kitchen. Not only does it provide fresh herbs for cooking, but also a beautiful way to decorate our deck and truly enjoy all that summer outdoor living has to offer! Here's an update with tips we've learned over the past 4 years as well as an easy tutorial to get yours started.
A combination of herbs and flowers provides beauty all summer long! The first step is to attach these simple $10 wood trellises onto the wall. We used a few screws, nothing fancy. It was very easy to do!
Next, we used containers found in the kitchen organization section of IKEA to plant the herbs and flowers. The white containers do not have drainage holes that go through the bottom, however they do have a tray at the bottom which gives some space to allow for water to drain (but not leave) which is nice. The galvinized metal pails DO have drainage holes (and are less expensive).
Here's the hook setup-- you'll want two hooks for each planter. The materials list with exact names can be found on my blog.
Helpful hint: get herbs that are hardy, like thyme. Leafier herbs need to be watered more.
If you deadhead the flowers every few days they'll look even better.
That's it! Be sure to USE your herbs all summer, and you can even dry them for later. Beautiful and useful, gotta love decor that earns it's keep, ha! Tons more tips for maximum success, a source list, and additional photos can be found at: http://makinglemonadeblog.com/vertical-herb-garden-update-container-gardening/

Carrie MakingLemonade
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