DIY Vertical Herb Garden

Blossom Lady
Mar 02, 2021 12:42 PM

If you’re short on space but need a spot for fresh herbs, consider repurposing something unexpected. This tutorial will show you how to build a vertical herb garden planter using an upcycled item. You can make a vertical herb garden out of a variety of containers, but it’s important to line them correctly. When you use a liner, you don’t have to worry about chemicals or unwanted materials leaching into herbs that you plan on consuming. This step is especially important anytime you're using used planters.

This project transformed an old wooden mail sorter into a planter that’s practical for indoor or outdoor herb gardens. The best part about this DIY is that you don’t need any woodworking skills to complete it.

Love the taste of fresh herbs? This vertical herb planter lets you grow them all in one convenient place – right outside your door! With removable shelves that can be easily left off for taller growing spaces, this simple project can be completed before lunchtime. We chose to build ours out of naturally long-lasting cedar, which will weather to a beautiful rustic look. Cut the lumber yourself if you have some woodworking experience, or make it easy by having the boards pre-cut at your local home improvement store.


  • 1 – 1 x 2 x 8 board
  • 1 – 1 x 4 x 8 board
  • 2 – 1 x 6 x 8 boards
  • 6 – 1 x 6 x 8 tongue & groove boards
  • 2 – 1 x 8 x 8 boards
  • 1 – 2 x 4 x 8 board
  • 2 – 2 x 10 x 10 boards
  • 1 ¼-inch deck screws (68)
  • 2 ½-inch deck screws (18)
  • sealer (optional)
  • 12 – 18 herb plants, depending on varieties (see tags for spacing requirements)
DIY Vertical Herb Garden
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