DIY Herb Garden for Indoor/Outdoor Use

For mother’s day, I had this vision of a DIY herb garden for my mother-in-law. I envisioned planting some herbs in a beautiful pot that she could keep in her yard. It would be a large, country chic pot, overflowing with green herbs, ready to enjoy. Then my vision got interrupted with the memory of my once lavish rosemary bush, that was now laying in the middle of the yard, roots-side up.

How did that happen you ask? My dog, Leia. Yes, Princess Leia herself, cannot be trusted. This got me thinking about how my mother-in-law also has a couple of dogs. They are quite lovable, but dig things up as well. I did not want to give her a pot, full of plants, only for them to get dug up two days later.

Getting Started

I came up with an idea that would still allow her to have the herbs, but also be able to keep them away from the dogs. I would love to show you how I put together my own DIY herb garden. First, I got three small pots and a tray for them to sit on. I figured the small pots could stay on the tray and be placed as a centerpiece on an indoor or outdoor table. Also, the pots can be taken off the tray and placed in separate places such as a window sill. Really this is a very versatile project and can be used or done in many different ways.

The pots and tray I bought were plain, tan ceramic. I bought these so I could paint and decorate them however I wanted. I should let you know that I am not artistic in anyway, so you should easily be able to do this, too. In-fact, I have such a small amount of artistic ability that it is very likely that yours will turn out better looking than mine.

The Design

I took the 3 pots and round tray and spray painted them white. My gravel driveway was the best place to do this, so that I didn’t have to worry about any messes. Two coats were necessary to completely cover the pots and I waited a few hours between each coat.

I let the paint dry for a full day before putting the designs on them. All I used was a copper sharpie. I can’t really draw anything so I decide to put quotes on each one. The quotes I used were “Grow in Grace,” “Let Love Grow,” and “Strong Roots: Beautiful Leaves.”

For the tray I drew a bunch of very simply flowers and tried to make it look like they were overlapping each other. I made a lot of mistakes, but decided to embrace them and go with the whole, “this is not supposed to look perfect,” look.

The Herbs

Then it was time to plant the herbs. I picked up Sweet Basil, Lemon Thyme, and Italian Oregano from a local hardware store. These fit perfectly into the pots. I did not have to add any extra soil but I did make sure to water them and add some fertilizer. We already had some plant fertilizer on hand.

As a finishing touch, I added a tag to each plant so that my mother in-law would be able to know what each herb was. These tags were in the dollar section at Target. I used my label maker to type out the name of each herb and then put that sticker on the tag. Then, I tied the tag to the herb plant, itself. I thought this was a cute touch.

Too Simple To Not Try

This was a very simple project that can be done in so many different ways. You can use quotes on your pots or draw a design. You can use different colors, or even different pots. Make this so that it fits your style and personality. It was also a very budget friendly project, which is always a bonus.

Let me know what you think of this project. Is it something you would try? Do you use herbs and if so how do you use them?

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