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How to start a wall-hanging herb garden today for great tasting dishes tomorrow

Many home gardeners have an herb garden in some way, shape, or form, simply because those fresh ingredients can’t be matched by anything bought from the store. There’s nothing like adding a fresh sprig of parsley to a homemade red sauce or garnishing your favorite soups or stews with a bit of rosemary. But did you know herb gardens are also one of the most versatile kinds of gardens? Not only can they be grown outdoors, but you can also easily set up an indoor one for year-round freshness and a beautiful aroma. And in smaller spaces (or for a dynamic touch), that herb garden can be grown on the wall.

The benefits of a wall-hanging herb garden

When people think of an indoor herb garden, their mind often goes to needing more containers, more plant stands, and a window with light to help them grow. And although that’s a perfectly viable option, it’s not always easy to do when your houseplant collection is, well, overfilled. So how do you combat that? By putting the herbs on the wall.

Setting up a wall-hanging herb garden can be as easy or as complex as you want — but no matter which way you look at it, this setup will free up floor space, make your home feel more open, and add a beautiful installation of greenery to your home. With a wall-hanging DIY herb garden, you aren’t limited to one aesthetic or one way to do things. There are a variety of ways you can set yours up, including:

  • An upcycled wooden pallet
  • Landscape fabric
  • Leather and a wood trellis
  • Pipes and hanging planters
  • Rain gutter garden
  • Spray-painted tin cans
  • Wall planters

And really, the list goes on. If you have materials that work for growing plants and are handy with tools, you can figure out how to mount almost anything to the wall to create an aesthetic wall-hanging herb garden that works for you and your space.

How to set up your own wall herb garden

Setting up your wall-hanging herb garden will look different depending on the style you choose. Your materials will vary if you’re looking to mount planters to the wall versus setting up a wooden wall trellis with pots attached. We’ll go over a couple of the above methods, but Country Living has a full list of vertical garden ideas you can reference for inspiration.

Using planters for a wall-hanging herb garden

Taking planters and adapting them to a wall-hanging herb garden is perhaps one of the simplest setups. It doesn’t take too much work, and you can still pick out pots that you love the look and feel of for your home. For this DIY herb garden, you’ll need:

  • Herbs you want to grow
  • Well-draining soil
  • Planters with a drainage hole (one per herb)
  • Plastic container to set planters in if they don’t have a drainage hole (one her herb)
  • Sturdy wall hooks to hang the planter on
  • Drill

If your chosen herbs come in larger nursery pots, you’re more than welcome to leave them in there and set them in the plastic containers. If they’re smaller, though, you’ll want to either buy slightly larger nursery pots or another lightweight pot with a drainage hole so that the excess water has somewhere to go. This is why the additional plastic container, that the potted one should fit comfortably in, is so important.

You can check out a full DIY tutorial here.

Turning a wooden pallet into a beautiful centerpiece

A wood pallet herb garden is a great way to reuse and upcycle something that could otherwise be discarded. What’s more, a wooden pallet hanging garden can be set up outside or inside! If you’re looking for year-round herbs, though, finding a place indoors is ideal. For this method, you’ll need:

  • Herbs
  • Well-draining soil
  • Small pots (one per herb)
  • Pot hangers or sturdy wire (100lb works)
  • Wood pallet
  • Screws
  • Drill

You want to make sure the screws you get are sturdy enough to mount the pallet onto the wall. You can find a full breakdown of how to do that here.

As far as potting and attaching the herbs, you’ll want to do something similar to the wall-hanging planters where you find lightweight pots that can comfortably nest inside others that don’t have drainage holes. This gives excess water somewhere to drain, which is a must when mounting any indoor wall garden. (The last thing you want is water dripping down the walls, on your furniture, and into the carpet.)

You can find information on how to attach pots to the pallet using sturdy wire here. Make sure that as you set this up, you start by marking the studs for where you want to attach the pallet before you put the pots on — just to make things a little easier.

The best place for a wall-hanging herb garden

Where you place your herb garden will depend on what kind of light you’re relying on. If you’re thinking of setting grow lights up alongside it, then you can (for the most part) mount your wall-hanging garden anywhere you have the space; however, if you prefer to use natural light, you’ll want to pick a wall in your home that receives at least six hours of bright sun per day. A room with a south-facing window is ideal, though west-facing windows work well, too.

From an aesthetic angle, you want to make sure that wherever you’re putting the garden has some room for the herbs to grow. Although they won’t get too big, you don’t want the herbs (or your wall!) to feel crowded. And functionally speaking, you want it to be somewhere reachable. You’ll still be watering these herbs, so picking a spot where you need to get out a step stool every time to reach them — if that’s something you’re not used to — likely won’t foster healthy, strong growth in the long run.

What herbs work best for this design?

Low-growing herbs, ones with shallow root systems that don’t need a lot of space

The best herbs for this kind of setup (and any indoor herb garden, really) are ones that are low-growing and have shallow root systems. Because they’ll be growing in individual pots, they won’t have as much space or room as those grown in deck boxes or garden beds. The good news is, there are still a lot of choices! Popular ones include:

  • Basil
  • Bay laurel
  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

These herbs will give you enough to have a well-rounded garden and bring a bit of freshness to almost any dish you can think of. The mint can even be used for homemade tea during the winter!

Maintaining your wall-hanging herb garden

The most important things to monitor are light and water. Unfortunately, once it’s mounted to the wall, it can be a bit difficult to relocate the herb garden. If you notice that they aren’t getting enough light to thrive, the easiest fix is to purchase one or two grow lights that can supplement the natural lighting.

As far as watering, you should keep track of your schedule and check on them nearly every day. Herbs hate soggy soil, so a well-draining, loose mix is preferred. When the top inch or so of the soil is dry, give your herbs a drink. You want to keep them moist without overwatering and try to avoid letting them fully dry out.

An herb garden is a perfect way to have your home filled with beautiful smells and fresh ingredients year-round, and it isn’t too difficult to care for once you get the hang of it. Plus, there’s something extra special about a DIY garden project that makes a home feel truly unique.

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