Last year I did several posts on a young man, who at the time was only 17 years old and knows how to grow a huge garden from seed.  This year Matt & his parents made a video of his green thumb skills with inspirational background music, and I am so proud to share it with all of you.  I hope that everyone appreciates the hard work, determination, and loving care that this young man puts into his backyard garden because it’s just something that most teenagers wouldn’t do.  Enjoy!  



If you enjoyed this video, please comment or give it a thumbs up, and let this young man know how cool it is that he is keeping the art of growing your own food alive!  Not only will his family have fresh, organic food to eat throughout the summer & year, but the savings that come along with it are huge!  If you would like to see the other posts that I wrote last year you can check them out below, and I encourage everyone to get their hands in some dirt, plant a seed, and reap in the benefits of learning how to grow your own food!  🙂


A Teen And His Garden


A Teen And His Greenhouse


A Teen & His Family’s Canning Creations!


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DIY Herb Planter Shelf

I am constantly trying to come up with ways to utilize the space in my urban backyard garden.  I have four raised garden beds, tons of containers, and now a 6 ft. herb planter shelf that my hubby and I made ourselves.  This DIY herb planter is simple to make, but extremely useful and already my herbs are growing like crazy!  So, here’s how we did it!   


DIY Herb Planter Shelf



Wood & Planters

I bought two 12Ft. wood boards and had them cut to (2) 6ft. and (2) 3.5 ft. pieces.  I also bought 5 plastic planters at the Dollar Tree.    


Planter Spaces



 I spaced the planters 4 inches apart. 


Circle Cutting


 My hubby cut those circles out!

Herb Brackets

We attached the wood pieces together with a bracket on each side.

Herb Bracing 550

Braced it even more and added some feet to the bottom to keep it sturdy.

Stained Shelf

Now the fun begins for me!  I stained this shelf with MiniWax PolyShade in Antique Walnut.

Herb Planter Decor

I found some really cool stencil patterns at HobbyLobby which added a little character to my outdoor decor.  🙂  Chirp, Chirp!

Clear Enamel

Sprayed a couple of coats of crystal clear enamel to protect the wood finish, and here is the herb planter in the bright, beautiful, sunshine below!

Total Cost of Herb Planter


                                Wood Boards:     $23      2 (12 ft. x 2 in. x 10 in.)  (Lowes)

Brackets & Braces $8  (Lowes)

     Stain, Spray, and Acrylic paints $16  (Wal-Mart)

Stencil patterns $4  (Hobby Lobby)

Planters $5  (The Dollar Tree)

I love working on DIY projects with my guy, and this herb planter will help us save quite a bit on the high cost of fresh & preserved herbs!  I chose to plant oregano, dill, cilantro, basil, and rosemary, which will later go into some of my canned recipes.  🙂    I also have some planters with stevia, chives, and mint which my family can’t get enough of.  I hope that I have inspired you to learn how to grow your own food, and I look forward to sharing some fresh gardening  & canning recipes with you later this summer.  Until then, Happy Gardening super savers!     

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