Awesome Upcycled Herb Garden Ideas

Growing your own food is a liberating feat of self-sufficiency. It also helps you save money and shrink the footprint of your nightly meals. If you’re new to gardening or have a small space to work with, growing your own herbs is an easy place to start.

To help you plant your new herb garden in style, check out these awesome ideas made from upcycled materials that will work for a windowsill, balcony or backyard.

1. Mason Jar Herb Garden

Check out these adorable upcycled herb garden ideas! I can't wait to create my own DIY herb garden.

PHOTO: CLAIRE ZINNECKER/CAMILLE STYLES

Made from a found piece of wood, pipe clamps and a few thrifted Mason jars, this gorgeous hanging herb garden is perfect for small spaces and doubles as quirky kitchen decor.

The execution may look a bit tricky, but Camille Styles contributor Claire Zinnecker makes it look surprisingly easy.

For best results, opt for single shallow-rooted herb plants, such as oregano, cilantro and thyme, and hang your display in a well-lit area of your kitchen to give your plants plenty of light.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to build your herb display at Camille Styles.

2. Wine Crate Balcony Garden

Check out these adorable upcycled herb garden ideas! I can't wait to create my own DIY herb garden.

PHOTO: LAURA RATLIFF AND RYAN SMITH/SMITH & RATLIFF

Set up on a fire escape in Manhattan’s West Village, this wine crate herb garden from creative couple Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith proves you don’t need loads of space (or money) to give the grow-your-own movement a try.

“Most wine stores will give away the crates for free,” Ratliff suggests on the couple’s blog, Smith & Ratliff. “We had our neighborhood hardware store drill a few holes in the bottom of the box for drainage and then planted away.”

The couple notes that not all wine crates are created equal, so you’ll have much better luck if you check out a few of their sourcing and planting tips before getting started.

Get step-by-step instructions for planting your wine crate garden at Smith & Ratliff.

3. Backyard Coffee Can Garden

Check out these adorable upcycled herb garden ideas! I can't wait to create my own DIY herb garden.

PHOTO: STEPH HAYWARD/STUFF STEPH DOES

Dreamed up by Stuff Steph Does blogger Steph Hayward, these cute tin can planters are a unique way to put your herb garden on display, and they only take about 30 minutes to make.

So, gather up a few cans (Hayward used coffee cans to give her plants more root space), and check out her simple photo tutorial to get your garden going in no time.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to set up your own backyard garden at Stuff Steph Does.

4. Neon Cinder Block Garden

Check out these adorable upcycled herb garden ideas! I can't wait to create my own DIY herb garden.

PHOTO: KATE MYHRE/MODERNLY WED

This creative cinder block garden is versatile enough to work for all outdoor spaces, from concrete urban patios to lush, grassy backyards.

Dreamed up by architectural designer and Modernly Wed blogger Kate Myhre, these funky neon planters makes it easy to house fresh herbs alongside decorative flowers for a pop of color.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make this yourself at Modernly Wed.

5. Galvanized Pipe Garden

Check out these adorable upcycled herb garden ideas! I can't wait to create my own DIY herb garden.

PHOTO: LAURA PUTNAM/FINDING HOME

These cute little succulents look so at home in their planters it’s hard to believe the distressed metal containers are actually galvanized plumbing material.

Dreamed up by Finding Home blogger Laura Putnam, each of these planters is made from a galvanized plumbing end cap — typically used for heating pipes. With a few simple tweaks, this common hardware store material is ready for planting.

Putnam chose succulents for her pipe planters, but your herbs will be just as happy. Just be sure to select a size-appropriate end cap for each of your plantings.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make it yourself at Finding Home.

Want more ideas? Check out these tips for growing food in a small space or five simple steps to follow to get your garden started.

Feature image courtesy of H is for Home.

Editor’s note: This article was updated in October 2020 to remove broken links.

Recent Posts
Mary Mazzoni

Comments

    1. since they show a saucer under each can I’m guessing they put holes in the bottom for drainage.

      1. I am referring to the tea cup herb garden idea. It would be difficult to drill holes in a piece of bone china for drainage. Also most herbs grow quickly and get quite large. The plants would need to be transplanted into larger quarters very soon. Maybe you could put slow growing cacti in the tea cups with gravel on the bottom layer.

        1. Herbs do just fine with their roots submerged in water. I have an aquaponics system (fish tank + hydroponics) in which I’m growing lettuce, basil, and mint – all 3 are doing awesome in their little netted pots, and most of the roots system is constantly submerged. They’re still growing every day! The fish waste makes an excellent fertilizer.

          Now, if you were trying to grow tomatoes, no dice. With herbs, as long as you only water them a little bit so just the tips of the roots are submerged, they’ll do just fine. That will leave plenty of space in the drier dirt above the water line for the roots to breathe.

  1. Hi!
    I think this article is good for herb loving gardeners to get information about
    maintaining the garden.

  2. I was all jazzed up to do a tin can herb garden and then I thought about BPA leaching into the plants. I try not to eat canned foods. Instead, I collect cans from friends to repurpose (as candle holders, cutlery holders, etc.). I think I’ll forget about this now.

Leave a Comment