DIY Hanging Herb Garden



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hanging herb garden closeupFor Earth Day this year I wanted to create something that was useful and involved recycling. So I decided on a hanging herb garden. I needed a new batch of herbs, the only survivor from the last time I planted herbs was a couple of types of basil. Everything else either died with the heat or got eaten alive by bugs.

This time will be different, hanging the herb garden will: help keep the bugs away and keep them cooler since they’ll get more air circulation. I hope!

Supplies I used:

  • Old seed staring tins*
  • Herb plants
  • 8′ of chain
  • S hooks
  • Hooks
  • Organic soil

The tins were actually a gift from two Christmases ago. They came in a kit for growing a small veggie garden from seed.

planting suppliesI had my hubby drill some holes in the bottom of the tins to let the water drain.

garden tinOne of the tins was copper. I was tempted to leave it as is, but I though it would look better if they were all the same color. It was kinda rusty so I sanded it a bit before taking my trusty Rustoleum Metallic silver spray paint and giving it a couple of light coats. I only painted the outside cause I didn’t want my plants growing next to paint. Besides after you plant them you won’t see the inside.

painting garden tinNot to bad, it blends in pretty well with the other two.

planted herbshanging herb gardenI attached each of the tins to the chain using s hooks. Like that I can move them up and down easily or rotate them as needed.

hanging herb garden with s hooksThe entire hanging herb garden was hung from the outdoor overhang ceiling, using regular hooks.

hanging garden from ceilingI placed it by the front door; a) because it gives me quick and easy access to the herbs when I’m cooking. And b) it’s one of the few paces that I could hang it where it would get any sun. Another plus is that they are next to the hose, for easy watering.

hanging front door herb gardenI labelled each tin with my own homemade chalk paint plaques. See how I made them.

3 tin herb gardenI’m so happy with my little hanging herb garden. I’ve been adding them to everything I cook.

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