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DIY Indoor Vertical Herb Garden



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This easy DIY turns a few easy-to-find materials into a great indoor vertical herb garden planter. Follow the steps here!

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How to Make Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

Vertical Herb Planter for Limited Space

Herb gardens can be a fun and easy step into the world of gardening. Spring has sprung, making many of us feel the urge to garden.

Unfortunately, not everyone has an abundance of outdoor space to garden with.

Our solution to this problem? A space-saving, indoor-friendly, hanging herb garden.

To start your vertical gardening systems, you don't need to go and buy an expensive indoor herb garden kit. This is also a great idea if you'd like to master indoor gardening so that you have fresh herbs no matter the season!


  • Pine Boards 3/4-inch thick
  • Rope 1/4-inch in diameter
  • Zip Ties
  • 18 Volt Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Flower Pots
  • Hole Saw


Step 1: Cut the Boards

Examine the availability of space in the room for your herb garden then cut the boards to the desired length. You can base the length of the boards on the number of flower pot holes you want.

Step 2: Drill Pilot Holes

With your layout in place, mark them with a pencil then drill small pilot holes through the boards. You can do this with the boards piled vertically so you won't have to drill the holes one board after the other.

Step 3: Drill Holes for the Flower Pots

Before using the hole saw, make sure the boards are clamped securely on the table. Start drilling the flower pot holes evenly spaced out depending on the length of your pine boards.

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Step 4: Drill Corner Holes and Sand the Boards

Drill corner holes that are slightly bigger than the diameter of the rope. Sand down the boards using an orbital sander or simply do hand sanding if you don't have one.

What is an orbital sander? A power tool and electricity-powered sander for smooth sanding and stock removal.

Step 5: String the Rope through the Corner Holes

String the rope through the corner holes to connect the pine boards. Create stoppers along the ropes to keep the boards from sliding down – use the zip ties as stoppers.

Your vertical herb garden is now ready! Position the flower pots on each hole and you're all set!


Check out this video from HomeMadeModern for detailed instructions in making this DIY hanging garden:

How's this for an easy vertical herb garden you can make? The instructions are pretty simple, and there's no need for complicated woodworking skills to get it done.

With easy-to-get materials like pine boards, rope, and zip ties, your DIY herb garden is doable using tools you already have.

Think you can manage to make this vertical herb garden on your own? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!


DIY Indoor Vertical Herb Garden |

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 11, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. gena

    April 12, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    Don’t forget something to catch the water drainage. You are going to have water running through and if this is indoors, you need something to protect floors and/or carpets. I saw no provision in the instructions for the water drainage.

  2. captain mike

    April 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Right Gena – also the design will have pots draining on the pot below, dripping mud fertilizer etc on edible stock. Better to alternate pots at each level and use the space between to catch water. I prefer a stairstep type of base but it takes more depth out from the wall.

  3. Scott Blanchat

    April 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Repurpose a pallets instead of using new wood. Propa’.

  4. Laurel

    April 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Looks nice, but watering it will be a bear.

    Have you considered making hanging planters from roof-edge gutters? Or drilling planting holes along the top side of a length of a 4″ pipe with end caps? These can be painted or trimmed with wood to match room decor.

    I like this idea adapted for a window:
    <a href="; pipe planter

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  6. Brenda

    December 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Can you use pots with no drainage? Or would that kill the plants?
    thank you.

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