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We’ve reached the middle of May and my garden has been started – that means summer is within reach and I will soon have vegetables and herbs whenever I want, just by stepping outside my house! In the past, I’ve always kept a few potted plants on the back deck to contain some of our herbs. They get in the way, but I still want some herbs within a few steps of my kitchen. This year I’m trying out an herb tower – an herb garden in a container stack.
In my head, I thought I’d “need” a pole or a stake to keep everything together. In reality, I added more dirt and nested the pots on the back side of the larger pot. It was quite simple and took very little time (and I get to reap all of the benefits of having fresh herbs all summer long.)
What you need:
4 planter pots
1 bag of potting soil
I had two basil plants, a peppermint plant, cilantro and parsley. Mint is something you should pot anyway, if you don’t want it to take over your yard. Basil is something I want to make pesto with, and the more plants I have, the better. Parsley should spread (and I hope to dry some out to use next fall and winter.) And cilantro is something I always want, but don’t always have.
Fun little fact – or annoying little fact – about cilantro, but it will only grow for a short amount of time. I have cilantro seeds which I will spread in this pot, so that when my plant dies off, I should have new cilantro growing in its place.
Ok. So I mostly filled the largest pot with soil, and I broke my peppermint plant up a little. I wanted everything to be towards one side of the pot, so the other pots would stack properly. I did the same thing with the basil (in the second largest pot), then parsley and finally cilantro.
The pots were “nested” towards one side of the pot just above its size. So the largest is on bottom and my smallest (the cilantro) is on top. I added dirt when necessary. I then watered the plants, and added more dirt.
My tower is currently residing on our front porch, but will soon be moving to the back deck (both spaces are easily accessible from my kitchen.) For now it’s very green and pretty on the front porch – and that is not something I’m going to complain about! If you wanted to add more color, you could put a potted flower in the top and let the cilantro grow around it. (Which I may end up doing this summer – so stay tuned!)
Even better about all of this? The supplies cost less than $50. Total. You may already have pots or even bags of dirt you can use.
What herbs are you growing in your yard? I had thought about putting oregano in a pot, but I have a lot in my box garden, so I’m going to see how that does first. I do need to dry some more, though.
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Robin rue says
That is a great idea! It Looks really cool and fresh herbs are awesome!!!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That is such a great idea! It adds visual interest, and it’s such a space saver, too! Thanks!
Colleen Lanin says
That is so cute! I live in the southwest where it gets really hot and really dry. So of course the first thing I think of is the fact that when you water any that comes out the bottom simply serves to feed the plant below it.
Jen Rattie says
That is so awesome! I’m growing my “Italian Everything Garden” like this next year. I have a deck, and this is much more space effective.
This is such a cute idea. I actually did something similar on my back porch over the weekend.
Liz Mays says
I love this setup! This would be such a fun way for me to start a herb garden. There are definitely a few herbs I’d like to be able to grow.
These are really neat. I would love one for my front porch.
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
That looks great! I don’t have the best luck with plants and our yard is very tricky with sun. I have thought about a couple of herbs but haven’t tried growing any yet.
Amanda Love says
That’s so beautiful. I’ve been thinking about creating one of those “green” walls you see in pinterest where the herbs are grown indoors and the pots are hooked to the wall. But I think this one’s easier to maintain!
Susan Mary Malone says
Okay, this is really cool! I plant a lot of herbs, and in fact have basil, dill, and lemon grass sitting out ready to plant. I’m going to try this! Thank you!
I’d love to grow my own basil!! I tried once and failed miserably. I should give it another shot. I’m just horrible at “raising” plants.
Marcie Wahrer says
This is a sweet yet simple setup for any fresh herb lover. It would be great for small spaces too!
This is a great idea for my small porch! I planted some in the yard but the bunnies already got to the whole area lol!
Our Family World says
I have been wanting to make an herb planter. I see yours is great. Lots of room to grow more herbs! I am going to look for the materials tomorrow and start making my own too.
Seattle Travel Blogger says
We did a little garden at the house, but never would think of this!
This is such a creative and fun idea. I also like your choice of pot color.
katrina gehman says
those are so cute. i have been asking my hsuband for a an herb garden i may just do this option.
Neely Moldovan says
I really love this idea. My husband has a veggie and herb garden but I think this one is way cuter haha
Brandy (@brandyellen) says
What a great way to condense space but still have an herb garden. Perfect for those with apartments, I know my oldest is growing some herbs this year we have to transplant them somehow, maybe she would like this idea. We have a house with land but still, she wants this to be her project so this tower of herbs is perfect!
I love these Garden Towers. So useful with herbs for the kitchen and so beautiful in and of itself!
Dawn McAlexander says
I need to run this by my husband. He is the gardener in our family. We have some veggies coming up. We need some herbs to go with them.
This is an awesome idea. I never thought that I can combine pots in that way. This is very practical and it looks really nice too.
Great tips! I had no idea this was a thing but can see how it works. Will be doing this
Rach Ferrucci says
What a great idea when you have a little space! I’m going to try this since I’m doing my planting again.