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Renter-Friendly DIY!: Make a Hanging Herb Garden

by Holly Wade
DIY hanging herb garden
Photo by Holly Wade

Renting can be a real buzzkill sometimes, but we find ways to deal with the non-permanence of it all. In my case, I got stuck with one of the only units in my apartment complex that doesn't have a window over the kitchen sink, leaving me without a windowsill to display the indoor herb garden I've wanted for years and cats who would attack my garden anywhere else. Since above the sink are kitchen cabinets that I cannot drill through (for fear of losing my deposit), I found that a tension rod was the perfect solution to my problems! By planting my DIY indoor herb garden in a hanging flower box, I could hang the garden from a tension rod resting between two cabinets for a drill-free DIY!          

 

Hanging herb garden

The key to making a hanging herb garden held up by a tension rod is to keep the weight as low as possible. It helps if your tension rod is only extended a little bit as it loses stability the more it is extended. The opening between my cabinets was about 4 feet, so the small tension rod (splurge on a good one!) only needed to extend about 6-8 inches to fit the space. Check how much weight it is expected to hold just to be on the safe side! So far, I've found mine to feel very sturdy. Once a week, I'll remove the planter to get a little extra sun on my kitchen table and make sure to tighten the rod. 

Here's how to plant and maintain your own DIY indoor herb garden!

Materials:

Materials needed for hanging herb garden

 

  • Tension rod
  • Hanging flower box (mine is from IKEA, similar to this one)
  • Fresh herbs
  • Lightweight rocks
  • Organic potting mix

Step

Add a thin layer of rocks to the bottom of the planter. Without drainage in the planter, this will help keep the soil from holding too much water. 

Step

Spread a thin layer of soil

Spread a thin layer of soil on top of the rocks.

Step

Plant herbs in soil

Remove the herbs from their grow pots and add on top of the soil, leaving at least a few inches between each. Fill in with additional soil. Use just enough to fill in the space and cover the roots because you need to keep the weight low.

Note: I used basil, parsley, mint and cilantro. Based on my research, most herbs can grow comfortably together in a single planter!

Step

Twist the tension rod in place until tight. Carefully hang the planter box on the rod. The soil will shift to the front and that's okay!

Now you can have fresh herbs at your disposal whenever you want!


How to Care for an Indoor Herb Garden

Trim herbs occasionally and water them every few days when the top of the soil begins to feel dry. The rocks at the bottom of the planter will allow for drainage so that the soil does not become waterlogged. About once a month, try using an organic fertilizer to water an indoor herb garden. Fertilizer will add nutrients and help the herbs maintain pH levels and grow like weeds!

Since mine are a little far from the window, I remove the box at least once a week to spend the day on our kitchen table soaking up sunlight. Whenever possible, it's best to place your herbs on a windowsill to get several hours of light per day. 

DIY hanging herb garden
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Keep an eye on your tension rod, but as long as your indoor herb garden planter is less than 10 pounds, it should hold up! Who says renters can't have nice things?!

Want a primer on how to care for your indoor herb garden? Click here to read Herb Gardens 101!

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22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas

by Faith Provencher
22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Backyard Boss

Growing herbs is an easy way to get into gardening, and there are plenty of ways to make an herb garden even if you're short on space. So to get you inspired, today we're sharing 22 of our favorite creative herb garden ideas - both indoors and out. Click through to check 'em out!   

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Simple Stylings

1. Take advantage of the vertical space on the side of your house by making this fun wall-mounted herb garden out of cans and metal cleats. Get the how-to here. [Photo: Simple Stylings]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: HGTV

2. Create a beautiful hanging planter out of a basket, and fill it with all of your favorite herbs and even some cherry tomatoes. Get the tutorial over at HGTV. [Photo: HGTV]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Decorating Your Small Space

3. Reclaimed wood makes the perfect backdrop for small potted herbs. Just attach little metal buckets to the wood and plant your favorite herbs inside. Found over at Decorating Your Small Space. [Photo: Decorating Your Small Space]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Itsy Bits and Pieces

4. Mount a wall rack over a window and hang small planters on each hook... genius! Learn more at Itsy Bits and Pieces. [Photo: Itsy Bits and Pieces]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: East Coast Creative

5. If you're into woodworking, give this vertical herb garden a try. Head on over to East Coast Creative to check out the full tutorial. [Photo: East Coast Creative]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: 99 Pallets

6. Pallets are always a great option... find out how to turn a pallet into a fun chalkboard-labeled herb garden here. [Photo: 99 Pallets]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo via: Ideal Home

7. Here's a fun one... turn a couple of baskets or reusable bags into unique herb planters! Find out more over here. [Photo via: Ideal Home]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Good Housekeeping

8. Turn a hanging shoe organizer into an herb garden! This is a great option for those with very limited space. Learn more here. [Photo: Good Housekeeping]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

9. This IKEA hack by yours truly is a clever way to reinvent the IKEA Vurm wine rack... check out the full tutorial here. [Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo via: Do It Yourself

10. Here's a modern way of planting herbs in the garden, containing them in large planters submerged underground. [Photo via: Do It Yourself]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Bless My Weeds

11. A window box is another great herb garden idea... it adds greenery to the outside of your house, and you can also easily access it from inside. [Photo: Bless My Weeds]

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo via: Natural Garden Ideas

12. Wine crates make great planters too... ask your local wine shop if they have any they're throwing out. [Photo via: Natural Garden Ideas]

  

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Glass Garden

13. Plain old tin cans can be painted and turned into fun windowsill planters. Check out the Glass Garden for the tutorial. [Photo: Glass Garden]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo via: Deavita

14. Renovating your kitchen? Have your contractor create a small planter in the center of your island! [Photo via: Deavita]

  

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Susie Frazier

15. For a modern, space-saving vertical garden idea, follow these instructions from Susie Frazier. [Photo: Susie Frazier]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo via: Top Inspirations

16. Take advantage of the unused space at the end of your kitchen cabinets, by hanging a rail with potted herbs. [Photo via: Top Inspirations]

  

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo:  Good Housekeeping

17. Here's another great way to use a pallet... simply mount potted herbs to it and lean it up against a railing. [Photo:  Good Housekeeping]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo via: Inspire Bohemia

18. This might be my favorite... attach rain gutters to the side of your house and plant herbs inside. Just don't forget to punch drainage holes in the bottom! [Photo via: Inspire Bohemia]

  

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Primrose

19. If you're not in the mood to DIY, you can buy this wall-mounted garden pre-made here. [Photo: Primrose]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Backyard Boss

20. Here's another clever one... fill a caddy with plants, putting a different herb in each section. This one is handy because you can carry it inside to harvest the herbs. [Photo: Backyard Boss]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: The Vintage Wren

21. Stack different sized buckets on top of one another for this clever tiered herb garden. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: The Vintage Wren]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
Photo: Not Just A Housewife

22. And last but certainly not least... add some pizzazz to your boring fence with colorful herb planter boxes! Get the how-to here. [Photo: Not Just A Housewife]

 

22 Creative Herb Garden Ideas
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Herb Gardens 101

by Lexy Ward
herb gardens 101
Photo: Farm Fresh Therapy

It's the season of gardening! If you haven't had a chance to start, now's your chance. Herb gardens are the perfect way to dip your toes into gardening, and enjoy all the rewards that come along from planting and growing your own herbs. It's easier than you think to do, so if you're a novice, or just need some help, check out these tips! 

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