Spring is finally here and that means it’s time to plant! Herb gardens are a great way to save some money and add fresh flavor to any dish you are creating. But just because you want to have an herb garden in your home, doesn’t mean you have to buy one of those cheap looking plastic containers. Instead, why not opt for something a bit more rustic that fits in with your home decor? The great thing about this project is that there are many ways you can change it up to fit your style. And, it’s fairly inexpensive to make – total cost being around $25 depending on materials used.
Base Materials Needed
Herbs – Any local store or nursery will have them. I choose peppermint, cilantro, Italian oregano, and lemon thyme and onion chives. Choose herbs you normally use in your cooking. (Peppermint is great for making tea!)
Metal pots – I found these particular ones at Ikea for 63 cents!
A rustic ladder – search Facebook for sale groups and Craigslist. I got this one for $10. You can paint the ladder if you wish.
Sisal rope – or any type of tying material that fits your décor style. Cotton rope, paracord, twin – you have many options that can change the feel of this project.
(Potting soil, pea pebbles, scissors, labels, and shipping tape were also used to duplicate my look!)
How to Make
Step 1: label your new pots. I used printable shipping labels to create a nice look with a border and fun font. Then, for an extra touch, I used edging scissors to cut them out. Have fun and be as creative as you want. You could paint the names of the herbs on the pots, uses markers, Hodge Podge – really you are only limited by your own imagination! You can even tape the label from the herb on the side of the pot – that will give your project more of a country garden feel.
Tip: I used shipping tape over my labels so that they won’t get ruined when watering.
Step 2: Repot your herbs. If your pots do not have holes (which you probably won’t want them to if you are having this inside), put a layer of pea pebbles at the bottom of each pot. Fill with potting soil and your herb plant.
Step 3: Prepare the ladder. If you are going to paint the ladder, or decorate it in any way, now is the time to do it. I left mine natural because it was a nice, dark wood.
Step 4: Tie on the pots. You can be as fancy or as clumsy with your knots as you want, it really doesn’t matter as long as they are secure. The easiest way is to wrap the rope around the pot, having the long end go up and the other end around it like a slip-knot. Wrap long end up over the rung, down between the pot and the rope, under the pot and back to the other side and secure. (This is easier with a helper!) Cut off access rope at both ends and secure with shipping tape.
Step 5: Display! You can leave your ladder leaning against a window, or you can hang it vertically or horizontally from the ceiling in front of a window. For hanging, make sure you secure to ceiling studs and use appropriate hardware.
Now all you have to do is water your herbs and enjoy!
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