Like the thought of being able to pick fresh herbs at any time of year but don’t have the luxury of a large garden or any garden at all?
Herbs can still be yours to enjoy with a little creative thinking and without the need for expensive building materials. Check out these ideas for hassle-free DIY herb gardens and see if any take your fancy.
Mason Jar Herb Garden
Mason jars aren’t just handy for salads; they also make excellent planters for herbs. To make this attractive Mason Jar Herb Garden all, you’ll need is an old wooden board, some pipe clamps, chalkboard paint and of course, the herbs you want to grow. Tipping the jars on an angle assists with drainage or you can also place stones in the bottom of the jar to draw water away from the soil.
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Bottle Top Vertical Herb Garden
This is a super easy way to grow herbs right outside your kitchen door. Simply snip the top off a few plastic two-litre bottles and attach to a wooden board with screws. This can be hung up or kept portable so that it can be moved with the sun.
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Plastic Bottle Herb Garden
Got a plain concrete wall outside your kitchen window? Liven it up by creating this Plastic Bottle Herb Garden, where going vertical is the perfect solution to a lack of physical space. Not only will you be doing the planet a favour by reusing plastic bottles, you can create wall art with as many or as few bottles as you like.
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Herbs in Vintage Tea Pots
Using antique items like tea pots and tea cups as herb planters can make a statement in your kitchen. There’s not even any hammering or hole punching needed. Just add some small rocks in the bottom for drainage, decide what herb you want in each container, add soil and plant it up.
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Growing your Herb Garden
- Lighting – Adequate light is needed for growing most herbs. Many will survive with just natural light but some such as basil and coriander like direct sunlight. If your kitchen is low lit, then adding fluorescent lighting above the herbs will help them to thrive.
- Watering – It’s important not to overwater herbs and provide good drainage, such as holes in the container or small stones. Wait until the surface of the soil feels dry before giving it a decent drink.
- Fertilisation – Herbs respond well to fertilisation and can be fed after 10 days of being in their container. Feed their soil every two weeks.
- Pick when ready – When the herbs have grown enough leaves to be pinched off without affecting growth, they are ready to use. This might take four to six weeks depending on the herbs.