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hanging herb garden

Without question, one of my favorite perks of summer is the abundance of fresh herbs. There’s no comparison to the dried variety, and I use them liberally in my warm-weather cooking.

I would love to have tons of herbs growing around the house – so that I can have access to them at any time. But the areas that get the most sun unfortunately do not provide ideal space for a grouping of pots and planters.

And then I came across this hanging herb planter in a recent issue of (what else?) Martha Stewart.

hanging herb garden

Perfect.

In well under an hour – and with just a few materials – I had a lush “vertical” herb garden, that looks so pretty too!

Here’s what you’ll need:
a tiered wire hanging basket (I got mine here)
sheet moss
potting soil
mulch
assorted herbs

hanging herb garden

hanging herb garden

Dampen the sheet moss, to make it pliable and less crumbly prior to use. Line the sides and bottoms of the baskets, making sure that the moss-side is facing outward (don’t worry if the pieces don’t match up perfectly).

Fill each basket about half-way with the potting soil.

Carefully place a few herbs in each basket (I got five in the bottom tier, four in the middle and three in the top). Fill in any gaps with more soil.

Finish with a layer of mulch. Hang in a sunny spot (one that gets 6-8 hours of sun is best) and water thoroughly.

hanging herb garden

There you have it! With plenty of sunlight and water, you’ll have an abundance of herbs in no time.

And don’t you think this would make a fabulous housewarming or hostess gift too?

6 Comments

  1. Kerri Warner on July 23, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Sheri – Love this (and your herb centerpiece idea)…I’m inspired! Thanks for sharing this and if I run out of fresh herbs, I know where I can find some close by 🙂 XO

    • sherisilver on July 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Thanks Kerri – help yourself! xo

  2. Shalagh Hogan on July 24, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Have two of those wire baskets, box of moss I got at florists for window display, soil, mulch, and a sunny spot. I am so rolling out today and finding little herb plants. Thanks for this concept.
    Love,
    Shalagh

    • sherisilver on July 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Yay! Wish I could say I thought it up (that Martha!), but happy to share nonetheless – thanks for writing! 🙂

  3. allison carmen on July 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Please come live with me!! I love this. I am doing this project with my girls.

    • sherisilver on July 25, 2013 at 7:54 am

      Packing my bags now…

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