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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Feature image courtesy of H is for Home.
Editor’s note: This article was updated in October 2020 to remove broken links.