Our backyard is a disaster. Like- I’m embarrassed for people to see the state it is in. The grass is ripped up from the sprinkler installation. The gravel is full of dead weeds. There’s a half dug out section where our patio will go. The bottom line- it isn’t cute.
But, on the wall where we redid the siding, painted it, and installed a swing– well that’s cute! But it was massively lacking greenery. I decided that a mini herb garden would be perfect here. Then I saw the adorable patio Jenny Komeda did, and, well I loved the look-
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I decided to make my own version of it. Ready to see my DIY vertical herb garden?!
DIY vertical herb garden
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:If the video doesn’t work here, you can watch it on YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
- 6 Terra Cotta 6″ Pots
- Testors Craft paint in Petal Pink, Coral Clove, French Vanilla, Seafoam, Turquoise, and Blue Fog.
- Herbs- I got sage, rosemary, cilantro, oregano, basil, and mint
- Flower Pot Clips
Start by painting the terra cotta pots. This DIY is great because it starts with a $1.50 pot and really dresses it up in an easy and affordable way. Just use a paint brush and cover the outside with paint. It’ll take 2-3 coats (pastel colors take more coats). Don’t paint the inside of the pot- it can leech into the plant and cause issues.
For this project, I used Testors Craft Acrylic Paints. The coverage was really great and they work nicely on the terra cotta. They also can be use on wood, metal, fabric, canvas, ceramic, and glass. The finish is really pretty and durable. Best of all, it is made in the USA. You can get Testors at Amazon, Hobby Lobby, Jo Ann, Michaels, Walmart (and more- the full list is here).
Next, it’s time to plant the herbs once the paint is dry on the pots. Simply put the plant in the pot and fill with extra dirt. Notice the sloppy edge on the pots- this is something that doesn’t need to be perfect. It’ll get covered in potting soil and you won’t see it.
And now, drill the pot clips onto the wall. I got these for $12 and they came in a pack of 12! Which is such a great price! You just drill them into the wall and then the pot slips inside the clip. This way they can come inside during the winter easily.
Here it is! It all of it’s rainbow glory! Plants add just the best softness. I also really love that these are practical too! I hope they’ll fill out a bit. But even as they are, I LOVE the look! Here’s a close-up.
Here’s the plants I potted in larger terra cotta pots for the ground. The bigger one, I did a marble method with Testor’s Marbling Medium. I used light colors so it’s hard to see, but it’s a really fun way to paint something (you just pour the paint on).
And the smaller terra cotta pot is painted with metallic gold. It doesn’t translate well to images, but in person the metallic gold is sooo pretty!
Alright, there’s my herb garden! I know it’s a little late in the season to plant one, but I figure I can get it started now and it’ll be easy to re plant next year. I’m definitely a beginner at gardening, but it’s so fun to learn!
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