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Oh my gosh I literally squealed when I saw this project from Laura of Finding Home.  She thought completely out of the box with this vertical herb garden made from an old door, galvanized bins and some serving ware for decorations.  And I bet it smells delightful.  This amazing creation makes my  basil, oregano and parsley containers look sad.  This is a piece of art and quite brilliant..and functional!

Hello sweet readers of Infarrantly Creative. I am Laura, of Finding Home, back once again to share a project with you – a Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck.


We have a rather large garden in our yard, but it is kind of far from the house and I always forget to grab herbs. So this year, I decided I would plant them right outside of our kitchen – on our deck. And I decided if it was going to be an herb garden – it should have a kitchen theme. So I headed out to a local discount store and picked some inexpensive plates, bowls, cups and spoon rests.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

Putting the garden together is rather easy and be customized many different ways. We chose to use galvanized containers because I have a lot of them – so many, in fact, I made a Christmas tree out of them. However, any selection of planters would work. We also used a small vintage door but that could easily be replaced with painted plywood or stained hardwood. Or, you could create something similar to this project.


4 containers

Door or plywood Wood for bracing

Screws and washers

Rocks for filler

Empty bottles and cans for filler

Potting soil

Herb plants of your choice

1. Drill Drainage Holes You want to drill holes in the bottom of your containers. Not only will this be beneficial for drainage for the health of your plants, allowing water to drain will also cut down on the weight of the hanging containers. We used a large drill bit and it went through quite easily.

2. Add Wood Braces We had two issues to address when building this. First making sure it didn’t tip over and second to make sure the door could support the weight of the containers. To address these issues we attached wood braces for balance and stability. The wood we used was scrap wood left over from another project. Our wood was primed, but any wood would work. The first brace we attached was down the entire length of the back. We drilled pilot holes and then used wood screws at the top, center and bottom. This board gives the door more stability and gave us more to drill into when we attached the planters.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

Next, we added the following braces to the bottom of the door: – A thin strip across the width of the bottom of the door on both the front and the back. This is to strengthen and widen the bottom of the door to attach the “feet” or bottom pieces. – Three larger pieces (bottom or “feet”), screwed from the underside in the width of the container – A brace across the width of the door at the top of the container height. This is to attach the angle brace to from the center “foot” or bottom piece. – One angled brace connecting the brace to the center “foot”.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

Here is a diagram to better show the placement of the braces.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck As you can see in the diagram, we also drilled straight into the sides of the top brace from the outside of the container (going right through the metal into the wood). These screws in the side of the container added a lot to the stability.

3. Add Hooks and Brackets for Top Containers Now your main structure is complete, you can start attaching your containers. For the top container, we attached a large hook (through the door and the back braces) and hung the container from it. For the second container, we attached two window box brackets for support. Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

We then drilled right through the container at the center with two screws. We ended up going back and adding a washer to each screw so it didn’t slip. We also found the container hung at a strange angle, so we added a small board underneath and across the bottom of the container to lift it to hang straight.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

We added another container to the back of the door. This gave us more planting space as well providing balance. We used a maple spout with a large pilot hole and hung a maple bucket. However, you could simply attach another bucket on a hook or bracket.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

4. Add Filler to Containers For more stability and drainage, we added rocks to the base container.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

We added empty cans and water bottles to the other containers. By filling in half way with bottles and cans, the weight of the containers was cut way down because you need much less dirt.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

5. Plant your containers Now you are ready to add your soil and plants. I chose several types of herbs and also decided to add some lettuce. I also added some mulch to help keep the moisture in and prevent weeds.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

6. Decorate your garden Because this is a “kitchen garden” I decided to have some fun and decorate it with dishware. I used transferware plates, however, you can use anything that suits your style. I found mine at a discount store but mismatched items founds at a yard sale would work great for this project. I also super glued two plates on the back side.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

I labeled each of my herbs with a sharpie oil based paint pen. I chose to use blue so it was subtle, but any color would work. It should be oil based as water based will wash right off in the rain.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

I am happy to report that Mother Nature has tested our Kitchen Herb Garden quite thoroughly with LOTS of rain and wind. She still stands stable and is growing in beautifully! And now, I can get cilantro, rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme and my new favorite – lemon verbena – right out my back door.

Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck

Thanks so much for reading. If you like this project, you might also want to visit these projects…

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Vintage Silverware Whirligig

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Take care,


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  1. This is the best project with doors I have seen in a long time. I have so many old doors around here. Plus, I am always struggling to come up with a good way to keep the doors from tipping over. Thanks so much!

  2. That is fantastic, I love it, so I gotta pin it. I have a plate supply for doing smashed china mosaics, and I have some window boxes – I’m going to see if I can marry the two for a colorful look.

  3. Thanks for sharing this…I love the use of plates and dishes to decorate the containers!

  4. This is so creative and awesome!! Laura always comes up with such fun fabulous ideas!!

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