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!     

Super Gardening Containers

Spring is in full bloom here in East Tennessee, and I can really tell because I’ve got itchy eyes and my allergies are in high gear! 🙂  My hubby and I have been enjoying the warmer weather over the last week or so, and we have been busy getting our backyard garden cleaned up, creating a cool DIY herb planter, (I will post this later) and searching for gardening containers to add growing space.  I have come across some really cool containers that you can purchase online or if you’re in the mood for a little DIY project you can make one yourself.  All of these suggested planters are perfect for planting flowers or vegetables in any urban, small space, or patio area. Check them out below:


Smart Pots Big Bag Bed Fabric Raised Bed

Smart Pots Big Bag Bed Fabric Raised Bed

These Smart Pots really are smart.  You pop them up, add your dirt,  flowers or veggies, and you could take it down easily when the growing season ends, which may be a plus for some gardeners.  These come in several different sizes and shapes, but this particular model is the original raised bed at around $33.        
Mobile Trash Can Container 
Create a Mobile Container Garden
I found this shining DIY project on  I love how they took a trash can and converted it into a rolling container that you can move to where ever you like.

ViagrowTM Tomato Planter Kit Raised Bed Garden


ViagrowTM Tomato Planter Kit Raised Bed Garden


I know it says tomato planter, but technically you could put some other planters in this portable raised bed garden.  It’s about 3 ft. x 2 ft. x 10 inches high and three good-sized tomato plants will fit in here nicely, or you could plant a small salsa garden and here’s a simple planting diagram at The Veggie Gardner.


Pallet Garden Bed

Pallet Garden Bed
These are two pallet garden beds that I made last year, where I planted my herbs & salad greens.  It has worked beautifully, and here is a great tutorial on how to build your own at

Hydrofarm GCTR Tomato Trellis Garden on Wheels


Hydrofarm GCTR Tomato Trellis Garden on Wheels



I always take into consideration that not everyone has the time to take on DIY projects, but I still want share in ways that you can still reap in the savings by growing your own food.  This self-watering Hydrofarm trellis planter with wheels allows you to grow vertically.  Which is perfect for any vine plant such as cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, or zucchini.   I think a beginner gardener will appreciate the ease of this planter as well as the produce that they will harvest when the time is ready.  This planter is available for about $55.


Garden Tower



Terracotta Composting 50-Plant Garden Tower by Garden Tower Project

This gardening planter is also a composter that grows 50 plants in 4 square feet!




The Garden Tower Composting 50 Plant Organic Container Garden


This is the ultimate gardening container which is also a composter that stands alone and gives you the ability to grow up to 50 plants!  Here are some more details:
  • The Garden Tower is a composter that grows 50 plants in 4 square feet
  • Turns waste kitchen scraps to fertilizer. Organic waste to organic food!
  • Easily grow nearly any vegetables, herbs, or flower
  • An organic, 8 cu. ft. soil-based alternative to expensive and difficult hydroponic systems
  • Proudly made by hand in the USA. >90% USA Content.  Stainless Steel hardware and local solid oak legs.
The Growing Tower was built so that all people, no matter what size backyard they have, can grow their own fresh food.   It really is an inspiring story and an even better missions project to be a part of.   So, head on over to their site and check it out.  

Terracotta Composting 50-Plant Garden Tower by Garden Tower Project

Just so you know, that some of the links above are my referral links, which means I may get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you of course.  Thank you for your support and I hope that I have inspired you to grow your own food and save!   :-)

Grow Your Own Strawberries!

Last weekend I cleared out my raised garden beds, containers, and pallet beds from all the winter debris that has collected over the last several months. What took me by surprise was that some of my strawberry plants that I had planted in my pallet garden last year were coming alive.  Come on SPRING!  🙂

By the way, I planted these strawberries in the pallets because like many of you, I live in an urban subdivision and have to come up with creative ways to grow my fruits and veggies.  To encourage you to try to grow your own food here are my beloved raised garden beds & pallet beds that are literally right behind my house.  Trust me, if this city girl can do this, so can you!  🙂 



Now…back to growing your own strawberries!  First up, I found a really cool video on how to get your strawberry root plants started & ready to go from My First Vegetable Garden.  This site is full of tips & tricks for the newbie gardener with a ton of videos and articles to help you grow your first garden.  



So, depending upon where you live, now is the perfect time to get those strawberry roots going & growing, and if you would like some help in choosing which type of strawberry to grow or how to plant and care for them, check out this video from  


I really like because you can build a personalized garden around your zipcode, and they have a growing calendar which tells you when to plant your veggies or fruits, and you can get all of your Gardening Supplies with detailed descriptions, related products, or videos.  

But, for me the best part is the huge savings that Burpee is offering and only available online.  Here are some the current Mother’s Day offers below:

Just so ya know, that some of the links above are my referral links, which means I may get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you of course. Thank you for your support, and I hope you take the plunge and become a gardening green thumb!    :-)