I’ve never really considered myself Pinterest savvy. In fact, more times than not, my Pinterest projects turn into laughable Pinterest fails. I just accept it as part of my life now, and there is no shame in that. However, not every one of my projects I find through Pinterest fails, and I’m sure you’re wondering how. Well, the common denominator to all the successful ones is my husband.
Yeah, that’s right. He’s an engineering wizard that can help me take my Pinterest projects from fail to hell yeah in about three cuts of a table saw. This is primarily because I’m too scared, and probably too clumsy, to use a table saw on my own. So anything that involves heavy duty work like that needs an extra hand from my husband.
But have no fear! I don’t ever stop looking for cute, unique ways to flex my crafty muscles, and that’s why this super easy DIY Vertical Herb Garden is perfect for haphazard people like me!
When I first saw this project on Pinterest I knew I had to do it. It’s the perfect mix between my craft crazy self and my gardening self. This project, in total, took us about 10 hours to do, trips to the store included.
All you need for this project is:
- Three pallets (all the same size)
- Deck screws
- Outdoor paint
- Table Saw
- Some serious muscle
What I did differently than most vertical herb garden DIYs is that instead of making it all one huge soil holder, I made individual cubbies for each herb and flower. This helps with two things, in my opinion: organizing the garden and avoiding massive wood rot.
From there, you’ll need to decide how large you want your cubbies to be, and then remove the extra wood from the pallet. For mine, I did every other piece of wood, to help give the herbs and flowers enough space to grow without being cluttered. Once you have removed all the wood from the front, remove the back pieces as well. Disassemble the other pallets so that you have the wood you need to create the back paneling and the bottoms to your herb cubbies, as well as the feet to keep the herb garden stable.
That is the most time consuming and hardest part to this process – removing all the wood from the pallets – but once you move on from that it’s smooth sailing! Paint each individual piece with a nice exterior paint or stain and let it dry. The particular paint that we used was fast drying, so it dried almost instantly after use and made our assembling process much faster.
Then, you need to cut the wood for the cubbies to fit your pallet. This will vary for each garden, because each pallet is going to be slightly different. Ours had two large cubbies and one small one in the middle, so the cutting was a little more intense. It is possible though that your pallet may require less work. Once you’ve made all those cuts, you can start assembling.
Put the bottoms to your cubbies on first, using the deck screws and your drill. I went in at an angle for these, but feel free to use another method if it suits you better! After all the cubbies are in place, you can begin putting the panels on the back to keep the soil in place. We decided to panel ours all the way down, but if you’d rather just panel yours for the individual cubby, that’s fine too!
You then attach the feet, and can do the best part of the whole garden: placing the soil and herbs in. Most how-tos will tell you to stuff them all the way full with flowers and herbs, but I was concerned it looked a little cluttered for the space we had. So for ours we just put two-one-two for herbs. Of course, you’re welcome to do it however you please and the overflowing herb gardens are super cute too.
Honestly, this DIY wasn’t difficult to do just from glancing at the pictures, and thanks to my extremely DIY savvy husband, he helped me build the template I needed to create this wonderful addition to my backyard garden.