10 Cheap and Easy DIY Herb Garden Planter Ideas

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Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow and maintain. You can grow them indoors or outdoors, all year round and you don’t need sophisticated tools. You can make an herb planter from items already in your home or some that you can buy for next to nothing at your local store.

Below are 10 cheap and easy DIY herb garden planter ideas:

1. Mason Jar Planter

Cheap and Easy DIY Herb Garden Planter
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You can grow a wide range of fresh herbs in mason jars including basil, parsley, cilantro, chives, thyme, rosemary, etc. Since the jars are clear, they allow plenty of light in.

The main challenge with growing herbs in mason jars is drainage. Since the mason jars do not have holes in the bottoms and it can be difficult to cut one through the glass, there is no allowance for draining any excess water. Be sure to provide just enough water, ensuring that you do not excessively soak the soil, or put stones or marbles in the bottom of the jar before adding in the potting soil to improve drainage and aeration.

You may source mason jars second-hand from a flea market, buy new ones on Amazon, or recycle canning jars from your kitchen. They are small, which allows you to place the planter in your kitchen window for easy access to the herbs. If you are looking to grow an indoor herb garden with variety, plant different types in separate jars.

2. Recycled Plastic Bottle Planter

Plastic Bottle Planter
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Instead of tossing your plastic juice, milk, or water bottles into the trash, you can use them to grow herbs. It is easy to make drainage holes in plastic bottle planters and they offer unlimited herb garden design options.

For instance, you can place them on a stand or windowsill, hang them on a wall, or suspend them from the ceiling. Depending on the size of the bottle, you can plant several types of herbs in one bottle.

You can also set up your plastic bottle planter to be self-watering. Cut the bottle in two and put a little water in the bottom half. Turn the upper half upside down and place it in the lower half. Ensure the bottle’s mouth reaches the water in the lower half of the bottle. Add soil or potting mix in the top half and plant your herbs. The soil or potting mix will sip water from the lower half of the bottle making this planter self-watering.

3. Gutter Planter

Gutters make excellent racks for growing your herbs. Gutters offer more space than bottles and mason jars. Your gutter herb garden can be large with several gutter tiers or small (a single 10-20-inch gutter rack). You can mount the gutter on a wall or from the ceiling using ropes. You can also place the gutter racks on your patio or balcony.

4. Teacup Planter

Teacup Planter
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If you have some old teacups that have been sitting idly and cluttering up your cabinet, it is time to put them to good use. You can grow bushy herbs such as parsley and cilantro in a wide-mouth cup and smaller herbs such as oregano in narrow-mouth cups. For a more attractive teacup indoor herb garden, use vintage cups, a color theme, or place the cups on matching saucers.

5. Bottle Top Tiered Vertical Planter

This herb garden design is functional, optimizes space, and is easy to set up. All you need is a 10-15-inch by a 1-meter-long piece of plywood, old plastic two-liter bottles, and screws or nails.

Cut the tops off the bottles. Hold each upside down and screw them into the plywood. You may set up the plywood vertically or horizontally depending on the space available or your preference. Mount the plywood on a wall or suspend it using ropes.

6. Pots

Pots
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Pots are among the most common planters for growing herbs indoors and outdoors. They are available in different colors, shapes, materials, and sizes to suit your needs and style. Most come pre-drilled with a drainage hole so all you have to do is put in the potting mix and plant your herbs.

7. Fabric Shoe Organizer Planter

A fabric shoe organizer makes an excellent vertical planter. Mount it against a wall, pour the potting mix into the shoe organizing slots, plant your herbs, and you are good to go. Since the slots are usually made of porous material, this type of planter offers good drainage. In addition, this vertical herb garden is easy to maintain as you don’t have to bend or get down on your hands and knees to care for it.

8. Ladder Planter

A ladder planter functions as a frame to hold other DIY herb planters such as teacups, repurposed bottles, pots, gutters, etc.

All you need is four pieces of 3-6-feet-long wood, a hammer, and some nails to make a ladder planter. Use two pieces of wood as the vertical frame of the ladder. Cut the other two pieces of wood to your preferred width to function as rungs. Include as many tiers as you need.

9. Old Wooden Crate Planter

Old Wooden Crate Planter
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Old (or new) wooden crates offer a rustic feel to your herb garden. You can part them with dividers to grow different types of herbs in one crate. Crates that have gaps between the wood offer excellent drainage and aeration.

If the wooden crate is solid all around, drill small holes in the bottom and on the sides to improve drainage and aeration. If it has wide gaps between the pieces of wood, you will need to install a heavy-duty lining or landscape fabric on its interior to hold in the potting mix and water. The lining also prevents the crate from rotting. Make small holes in the lining to facilitate drainage and aeration.

10. Spice or Vegetable Rack Planter

Since a spice rack has lots of gaps, you will need to fill them up. Line the sides and bottom of the rack with strips of paper grass. Then, fill the racks with soil or potting mix and plant the herbs of your choice. You do not need to punch holes in the paper grass as it is porous.

Conclusion

You can grow and enjoy an indoor herb garden throughout the year by growing them in your home. Refer to the above 10 DIY herb garden planter ideas and implement one or more that are easily and cheaply accessible to you.

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I'm Jad, a biologist, blogger, and experienced indoor gardener. I am knowledgeable in plant biology, particularly in plant cultivation and propagation. I founded HerbsWithin.com in 2019 to share my knowledge in indoor gardening with passionate home growers.

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