DIY Summer Herb Garden

by Grace
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Hello, lovelies! Each year we have a herb garden for our summer cooking, and it is just about the most usefully wonderful thing we have ever done! Last year, however, we had it on our back steps, and all the mangy cats that we have running around (we don’t know why they stick around, it must have something to do with the fact that we feed them. Ugh…) kept knocking them off the steps and breaking them. So this year something different was in order. Here’s a quick and easy (if you can run a driver) tutorial on our free standing herb garden.
Start with two salvaged screens that are the same size. Use a driver and screws to put two hinges in the top of the screens, attaching them together.
When you decide where you want the shelf to sit, open the screens to the width you want them to be, cut two brace pieces to the right length, and screw them in on either side.
Once that is done, measure across the front and sides of the screen to see how long your shelf boards are going to need to be. I had to cut two boards that were four feet long and two boards that were one and a half feet long. Then screw them together with something sturdy as shown. We used plywood.
Then use sturdy wire to hang your pots. Bend the wire into the shape of the pots, thread it through the screen, and twist the two ends together in the back to secure the to the screen.
Then set whatever other sized pots you have on the shelf!
Suggested materials:
  • Salvaged Wood   (An old Barn)
  • Screws   (Ace)
  • Plywood   (Scrap Pieces from Garage)
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Jul 18, 2016
    Is the screening material be strong enough to support the weight of clay pots without ripping right through? I'm thinking hardware cloth might be a better pot support.

  • Michelle J Hall Johnson Michelle J Hall Johnson on Jul 19, 2016
    how do you keep cilantro pot size ? Mine explodes and goes to seed, it grows too fast.

  • Tara Marion Tara Marion on Jul 26, 2016
    Do you just set the shelf on the screens or did you fasten in some way?

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  • Carla Wick Carla Wick on Jul 21, 2016
    Although I despise that invasive Goutweed.....your garden looks this idea!

  • Allison Newby Allison Newby on Apr 29, 2018

    I love it! Now I know what to do with this large metal easel thing I found. I'm gonna attach some chicken wire or metal fencing and let my cukes and cantelopes and what ever other vine I may have cover it ! Thanks again for the inspiration!