An herb garden breaths fresh life and flavor into a home. And you don’t need a large yard or urban farm to start one. Short on space? Bring the outdoors in with a vertical hanging herb garden. With a hanging garden, you’ll free up valuable surface area on your kitchen counters and decorate at the same time. Impress your guests with a vibrant, whimsical, eco-friendly kitchen accessory. And make your cooking routine easier by placing your freshest ingredients right at hand. We’ll lead you through each step of the installation—and even incorporate some innovative recycled materials in the process.
1. Select a hanging rack
We need to start with the hanging device. This will be the back support for the entire indoor garden. Shop for a kitchen hanging rack. These are typically used to organize small pots and pans, spatulas and other cooking tools. Or track down a horizontal coat hanger. We’re going to repurpose these racks for the herb garden. Choose your style. It can be a simple wooden horizontal rack that fixes to the wall, or a box-shaped rack that hangs from the ceiling.
Once you find a rack that you love, think about space. Where will you display your herb garden? Above the counter? On the wall beside the refrigerator? Consider natural light sources. The herbs don’t need to sit in the sun all day. But they should get at least a few hours of sunlight. Test the rack around your kitchen so best position in view of a window or skylight. Then mount it to the wall or from the ceiling with a hanging cord or chain. Test the weight by hanging coats and heavy clothes on it first, to make sure that it’s secure.
2. Stain or paint the rack
Consider the colors and lighting in your home. Is your kitchen modern and minimalist? Did you choose stainless steel appliances? Are the cabinets stained a dark cherry tone? You could match the rack to your kitchen, maybe with a bright white that will blend in with your kitchen’s backsplash. Or make the vertical garden a statement piece with a vibrant blue rack. Take the rack’s material into account. Is it metallic or wooden? Ask questions at your local home improvement store to decide which paint or finishing will best coat the rack.
3. Prepare the containers
Now, it’s time to consider containers. While may eco-friendly kitchen designs incorporate herb garden installations that are set into the wall, this separate, compartmentalized version is more free-standing, allowing you to care for the plants and easily clean up afterwards. Ensuring that you have a structured container, free of holes and leakage will make keeping your kitchen pristine even easier. Choose Cleaner and neater to keep them in pots. Many outdoor vertical herb gardens sit in box planters or recycled bottles with holes at the bottom. Stray away from any ceramic pots that allow for drainage, as that water would only drip onto your kitchen floor. As long as you don’t overwater your plants, it’s ok to have the bottom of the container sealed.
Be creative with your container, as this is the fixture that will be most visible—especially while your new plants are still growing. An eco-conscious container can add a clever touch to this utilitarian kitchen component. The containers don’t even need to be the exact same size or shape. And you don’t need to spend any money. Instead, look into what you have around the house, and collect recyclable materials that will compliment your kitchen’s interior design.
You can remove labels from loose tea and coffee tins for an urban, metallic style. Use large Campbell’s soup cans for a retro pop-art edge. Glass mason jars can offer a hip, minimalist alternative. And with these transparent containers, you can see from afar if your plants need watering. Bring more of the outdoors in by using aluminum buckets or small watering cans. As long as the container itself is not too heavy for the rack (test it by filling it with soil), any eclectic combination will do.
4. Attach the hooks or hooks or loops
You can pick up a proper loop or hook at your local hardware store or home-improvement store. If you’re using a repurposed aluminum can, drill holes in the edge by the top of the container to fix the hooks. If you’re using glass jars, you can fit a wrap-around handle or hook around the lip of the jar. This works as a brace that locks in place and connects the jar with a strong latch. To test the weight, fill the jars with rocks to start, and ensure that the rack can support the containers.
5. Choose your herbs
We recommend starting with basil, mint, parsley, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Select whichever herbs will best compliment your favorite recipes. If you start with seeds, then you’ll want to plan the seeds in small plastic nursery planters, allow them to grow outside, and cover them during the heavy afternoon heat. After they’ve sprouted and produced leaves, then it’s time to move them into the new recycled containers. Otherwise, you can buy already-grown herbs for potting and planting at a local plant nursery, or even at some grocery stores.
6. Shop for soil
Soil should fill the container, but be careful not to pack it down too much. Don’t fill the containers all the way to the top, either, as you won’t want to risk overflowing. Ask your local garden store attendant to select the best potting soil for your herbs.
7. Care for your garden
Planting, water, and sunlight: check. Now you can enhance your favorite recipes with your own homegrown fresh herbs. If the herbs grow too large for the container, it’s time to move each plant into a larger pot, transport it to an outdoor garden, or, better yet, gift it to a friend. Then you can start again, adding new seeds and herbs to your vertical garden.
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