My parents started growing herbs and small vegetables over the last couple of years, but came across some challenges in terms of the quality of soil and plants purchased. Determined to make it work, they devised a pretty neat work around that I want to share with you.
This is the DIY outdoor herb garden planter they built, which is perfect for those just starting to garden or if space is limited.
1 galvanized or stainless steel tub (approx. 17 gallon)
1 large (or tree ring size) coconut fiber planter liner
1 bag (2 cubic feet) of Back To Nature soil or other good quality soil (not potting soil)
3 or 4 herb plants
- Take your tub and turn it upside down and drill 12 – 15 holes in the bottom for drainage.
- Line the bottom of the tub with the coconut fiber liner and fill your tub with soil. (A 2 cubic foot bag will fill it about 3/4 full.)
- Place your herbs in the soil leaving space in between each plant so they do not overcrowd as they grow.
- Remember to keep the soil moist and give them plenty of sunshine.
- You can either set your tub directly on a patio, or raise the tub up by placing bricks or paving stones underneath.
- Another option is to make your own planter stand (about 28″ high) out of pressure treated 2×4 lumber so that is up off the ground and easier to access and maintain.
Helpful hint: For best results, purchase your soil and herbs at your local nursery or greenhouse. You’ll have better results since they are grown locally in greenhouses for the area that you live in.
By no means do I have a green thumb, but have been so impressed with this method that I have tried it with vegetables as well. I might be slowly getting the hang of this gardening thing!
Do you have any gardening tips for the newbies like me? What herbs and vegetables do you love to grow? Inquiring minds want to know so share with me in the comments below.