It has been a hot minute since I’ve had the time, energy, or motivation to write! Between the addition, school, and life, I feel like I’ve been stretched in a million different directions. We officially finished the addition, according to the bank, last week. Let me tell y’all…HUGE weight off of our shoulders.
All that’s left to do now is the little things…touching up paint, figuring out what to put on the walls, replacing/adding the light fixtures. One thing I am really excited about is having space to have actual plants in the house. I’ve always wanted to be able to have fresh herbs year-round, but we’ve never had space available. In comes the DIY wall mount herb planter!
Where to put the garden?
I tossed around a couple different ideas for how to have herbs indoors. Originally, I was just going to have mason jars on the counters. I really wanted to have the herbs I use most frequently, which is honestly about 6-7. Despite the fact that our counter space doubled with the new kitchen, I didn’t want to lose space to that many herbs.
Next, I found a cool stackable planter on Amazon. I ended up ordering it and canceling it within an hour. We have two dogs, cats, and kids. I couldn’t decide the safest place for it to go on the floor and visions of tipped over planters danced in my head.
Utilize the space you have
Our wall space significantly increased with the addition. While I picked up some pieces over the past year, there was still some significant blank space. I actually got my inspiration from my sister-in-law, who is one of the craftiest people I know. She and my brother-in-law can walk into the woods, come out with a bunch of sticks and leaves, and turn it into something phenomenal in the same day. We have some gorgeous Christmas decorations they’ve made and they made a perfect wine rack for our wedding (check my IG to see it!) She had made these cool planters for my mother-in-law using a piece of wood, mason jars, and hose clamps. We have mason jars in abundance, along with wood. All I needed to buy were the hose clamps!
Get your DIY on!
This was a surprisingly straightforward and easy project. The supplies I needed were:
- Wood to mount the hose clamps to
- Hose clamps
- Mason jars (I used 24 oz.)
- Small rocks
- Potting soil
The herbs I chose were based on what I use the most on a normal basis. I chose: basil, chives, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Oregano was also going to be in the mix, but I ran out of room. I transplanted all of the herbs from my garden besides basil, which had already been destroyed by the frost.
Another part of this project I appreciated was it was one I could get the girls involved in. A lot of the projects we’ve been doing the past year aren’t safe enough for the girls to help with, so this was a nice change.
Prepare the jars
Before herbs can be planted, gravel needs to be put in the bottom of the jars for drainage. Because there are no drainage holes in the bottom of the jars, there needs to be something to make sure the roots don’t rot. Luckily, we still have a pretty good gravel pile. I left this part totally up to my 3 year-old, who was VERY happy to help. After there’s a layer of gravel, I put in some potting soil. I placed the herbs in and put in more soil…easy enough!
Assemble the planter
This is actually where my husband came in to save the day. He mounted the wood to our wall and screwed the hose clamps to the wood. He used anchors and some pretty beefy screws, as I was concerned about the weight of the planter on the wall. After everything was on the wall, it was as simple as tightening the hose clamps around the mason jars and being done!
For once, a project came out EXACTLY as I envisioned! Not only is it super pretty, but it smells fantastic walking by! The particular wall these are placed on gets a ton of natural light throughout the day. Time will tell how the plants do (the parsley got super droopy) but I am very pleased! I can’t wait to be able to snip fresh herbs when it’s below freezing out.