I’ve wanted to make an herb garden for a long time because I use so many herbs in my recipes, and I was tired of constantly needing to go to the grocery store when I needed fresh herbs (this wasn’t just a hassle, but it was costly!). But I was procrastinating starting a garden because I didn’t know how I wanted to do it. I wanted it to be easy on the eyes instead of just sticking the herbs in the ground and calling it a day.
So around Easter time my mom and sister were visiting us in New Orleans and we went to stroll around the French Market for some Saturday shopping. While browsing, Steve and I were enamored with this one display by Bayou Botany Board.
These plant hanger displays were awesome! He was swinging them around with clay pots in them, making my blood pressure soar as I could have sworn the pots were going to fly out and hit me–but they didn’t! We were hooked (and I’m not even getting paid to say this). I had the idea of just buying a set and planting flowers for a cute display, but that smart boyfriend of mine said, “Hey, why don’t you use this for your herb garden?” Isn’t he the smartest?
So I bought a few herb plants from Home Depot (Basil, Cherry Tomatoes, Strawberries, Parsley, and Mint) and some Organic Potting Soil. Then I purchased some 4.25″ Clay Pots, which are so affordable (Amazon sells five of them for $6.99!).
I decided to paint the rims of the pots with different pastel colors—I chose light pink, light green, a little darker shade of green, light blue and light purple (one of my pots is not on the hanging plant, and is down below in my garden for some strawberries to grow in).
After I let the paint dry (about 25 minutes) I took a pencil and dipped the eraser in white paint and dabbed the rims randomly to create a polka dot design. Then I set them outside in the sun to dry for another 25 minutes and then sprayed them with clear protective paint to prevent from chipping in the sun.
When your pots are all painted, it’s time for planting! Fill the bottoms of the pots with the organic potting soil, and then place the herb and its root in its respective pot. Fill in the excess areas with potting soil.
Once all of your plants are planted, it’s time to hang them! The Bayou Botany Board provides instructions on different ways to display your hangings, but I decided to go with the diagonal display because I liked the way it looked. By the way, I bought the smallest display available, but you can buy bigger ones that allow you to hang more pots at one time—mine only allows you to hang four pots at once.
If you are going to make your own hanging herb garden, make sure that you start planting the herbs in spring/early summer or fall—this is when the plants will thrive! Also, make sure the soil stays moist, but well-drained so you do not drown your herbs. The clay pots at Michaels come with a draining hole in the bottom of them, so you don’t have to worry about the drainage if you’re using these pots.
I’m in love with my hanging garden, and it’s display dead center in front of my house! I hope you all love yours too–if you have any tips on caring for herbs, leave them in the comments below.
Happy planting 🙂