DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

Every year I have grand gardening plans.  But then as the weather gets hot and sticky and buggy – I start to loose interest somewhat.  But this year, with Hubby around, he has taken the lead on the garden and it is doing really well.   Our garden is a good size, but kind of far away from the house.

I have a tendency to start cooking and then realized I want to add some herbs from the garden.  So, this year, I decided to put some herbs right on the back deck where they can easily be grabbed.  And since, it is an herb garden, I decided to go ahead and “decorate” it with a kitchen them.  I found some inexpensive bowls, plates, cups and spoon rests at a local discount store.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

Putting the garden together is rather easy and be customized many different ways.  We chose to use galvanized containers because I have a lot of them – so many, in fact, I made a Christmas tree out of them.  However, any selection of planters would work.  We also used a small vintage door but that could easily be replaced with painted plywood or stained hardwood.  Or, you could create something similar to this project.

Materials:

4 containers

Door or plywood

Wood for bracing

Screws and washers

Rocks for filler

Empty bottles and cans for filler

Potting soil

Herb plants of your choice

1. Drill Drainage Holes

You want to drill holes in the bottom of your containers.  Not only will this be beneficial for drainage for the health of your plants, allowing water to drain will also cut down on the weight of the hanging containers.  We used a large drill bit and it went through quite easily.

2.  Add Wood Braces

We had two issues to address when building this.  First making sure it didn’t tip over and second to make sure the door could support the weight of the containers.  To address these issues we attached wood braces for balance and stability.  The wood we used was scrap wood left over from another project.  Our wood was primed, but any wood would work.

The first brace we attached was down the entire length of the back.  We drilled pilot holes and then used wood screws at the top, center and bottom.  This board gives the door more stability and gave us more to drill into when we attached the planters.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

Next, we added the following braces to the bottom of the door:

– A thin strip across the width of the bottom of the door on both the front and the back.  This is to strengthen and widen the bottom of the door to attach the “feet” or bottom pieces.

– Three larger pieces (bottom or “feet”), screwed from the underside in the width of the container

– A brace across the width of the door at the top of the container height.  This is to attach the angle brace to from the center “foot” or bottom piece.

– One angled brace connecting the brace to the center “foot”.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

Here is a diagram to better show the placement of the braces.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden As you can see in the diagram, we also drilled straight into the sides of the top brace from the outside of the container (going right through the metal into the wood).  These screws in the side of the container added a lot to the stability.

3. Add Hooks and Brackets for Top Containers

Now your main structure is complete, you can start attaching your containers.  For the top container, we attached a large hook (through the door and the back braces) and hung the container from it.  For the second container, we attached two window box brackets for support.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

We then drilled right through the container at the center with two screws.  We ended up going back and adding a washer to each screw so it didn’t slip.  We also found the container hung at a strange angle, so we added a small board underneath and across the bottom of the container to lift it to hang straight.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

We added another container to the back of the door.  This gave us more planting space as well providing balance.  We used a maple spout with a large pilot hole and hung a maple bucket.  However, you could simply attach another bucket on a hook or bracket.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

4. Add Filler to Containers

For more stability and drainage, we added rocks to the base container.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

We added empty cans and water bottles to the other containers.  By filling in half way with bottles and cans, the weight of the containers was cut way down because you need much less dirt.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

5. Plant your containers

Now you are ready to add your soil and plants.  I chose several types of herbs and also decided to add some lettuce.  I also added some mulch to help keep the moisture in and prevent weeds.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

6. Decorate your garden

Because this is a “kitchen garden” I decided to have some fun and decorate it with dishware.  I used transferware plates, however, you can use anything that suits your style.  I found mine at a discount store but mismatched items founds at a yard sale would work great for this project.  I also super glued two plates on the back side.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

I labeled each of my herbs with a sharpie oil based paint pen.  I chose to use blue so it was subtle, but any color would work.  It should be oil based as water based will wash right off in the rain.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

I am happy to report that Mother Nature has tested our Kitchen Herb Garden quite thoroughly  with LOTS of rain and wind.  She still stands stable and is growing in beautifully!  And now, I can get cilantro, rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme and my new favorite – lemon verbena – right out my back door.

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

This project was a lot of fun to work on and was actually the first project Hubby and I truly collaborated on.  We started with one idea, which developed to another which lead us here.  A fun project indeed!

Thanks so much for reading.  If you like this project, you might also want to visit these projects…

Silverware Whirligig

Vintage Silverware Whirligig

Wishing you a great day!

Linking up at Savvy Southern Style.

Take care,

Laura

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  1. says

    Laura….this is just GORGEOUS! Oh my, I totally love this, what a beautiful way to grow herbs. You did one amazing job! Pinning and sharing on my FB page today! If you have time, I would be so excited for you to share this at our Best of the Weekend party tonight. Thank you so much for this lovely inspiration and how-to. Have a happy Friday and fantastic weekend!

  2. says

    I love this idea! It is so sweet and there’s nothing like using old galvanized pails for their utilitarian look. I used old plates in my flower beds this year as backdrops for plants. Just a fun way to add colour and ‘art’ to the garden. Have a great weekend.

  3. says

    You had me until you said, “I have a tendency to start cooking…..”

    Ummmm….not so much. :)

    Have a great day rock star and I adore the project!
    karianne

  4. Suzi says

    oh my goodness! this is just the cutest thing ever! i just broke 2 of my favorite tea cups and wondered what to do with the saucers, thanks to you, i now know :-) last year i placed 1/2 of an infant disposible diaper in each potted plant and they did the best they’ve ever done because they didn’t dry out so often. (i get busy…forget to water) just thought i’d pass that on. and luv me some galvanized containers!!

  5. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says

    This is awesome and pretty with the pottery………….definitely unique, TSF, Love & Blessings to you/yours…

  6. says

    Laura this is absolutely one of my most favorite projects of yours! It is just so sweet and lovely. :-) Can’t wait to see you very soon my friend!
    Vanessa

  7. says

    You had me with the galvanized. And the transferware. And the spoon rest labels. And the little door. I have a perfect spot and every single thing needed to do this. (Well, not a sap bucket, but a cute one!) I hope you don’t mind me borrowing your idea. Thanks. Lori L

  8. says

    This is so great I want one I’ll have to start a to do list for crafts I’ve seen on everyones blog you guys are all so talented.
    I’m following on google+ from weekend wrap up hop I’m lorraine and have a happy day

  9. Jeri Johnson says

    This is the cutest thing that I have seen in along time. I love to upcycle things and this is perfect for that. The use of the china plates, saucers, spoon rests, etc. is nothing short of inspired. I too have a garden that is not as conveniently located as I would like. Next year I am using this idea to plant up my deck:) Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. says

    Lovely !!!! and you’ve inspired me, as I also love the look of galvanized metal, and have quite a few items to use. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  11. says

    Just wanted to share that I grow peppermint in my backyard. They are super easy. They practically grow on their own. No real work involved!

  12. says

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  13. Leslie W says

    I love this! I can’t get around like I used to & miss having an herb garden but I think I could talk my husband into making this especially using your awesome step by step instructions. I love you using dishware as decorative items – you have my mind churning now. Using empty cans & water bottles as fill GENIUS! Thanks so much!

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