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Looking for an easy DIY Spring project for your backyard or patio?

Try growing your own herbs in this DIY stacked potted herb garden. Not only will it spruce up your outdoor space, but it’s also a convenient and frugal way to incorporate your own homegrown herbs into cooking!

This is a great project if you have mismatched pots lying around – the basic idea is to find three different sized pots to use as a tower and then to use two small sized pots (empty paint cans work too!) upside down for height and to stabilize the planter. Consider painting all your pots in the same color like I did for a more uniform look.

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Stacked Herb Garden:

Supplies Needed:

  • 5 pots of varying sizes to create a tower (plastic or terra cotta will work)
  • Potting soil
  • Herbs or flowers (For my planter I used basil, parsley, cilantro, and mint.)
  • Plastic garden markers (I opted to use plain markers from Home Depot)
  • black craft paint 
  •  white paint pen
  • Paint for painting mismatched pots (if desired)

How to make a stacked herb garden Hip2Save

Directions:

  • Paint the pots (if desired) and let dry.
  • Start with the largest pot at the bottom and place an upside down small pot on the inside.
  • Add potting soil and plant first tier of herbs around the outside of pot. Continue on with the same method for the second and third tier.
  • When done, you’ll have three tiers of herbs.
  • Finish by dipping plain, plastic garden markers in paint and using a permanent paint pen to write the names of herbs.

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My herbs lasted for almost the entire summer last year with normal watering – the basil and mint definitely lasted the longest. This year, I chose to fill my pots with $10 worth of annual flowers and I think they turned out great! This DIY Stacked Garden would also make a great Mother’s Day Gift!

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Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! Check out all of Lina’s DIY/CRAFTS and RECIPES created just for Hip2Save.

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  1. Judy Trac

    Would like to do this for cheap veggies

  2. babymair

    Thx Collin. I cant wait to try this.. keep up the good work.!!

  3. Rae

    Thank you Lina, Collin, and all at Hip2Save. 🙂
    I love Lina’s post so much. So creative.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for the nice comment Rae!!

  4. Catie

    I did this last year and loved it! Getting ready to set it up again soon!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Catie! I just set up mine again too 😀

  5. Laura

    Would this work for vegetables? I didn’t think so but I thought I would ask!!

  6. candace

    The only thing I wonder about this is some of those herbs that like to spread (like parsley and basil). I feel like it would work at first and then get crowded.

    • Susie

      It would. For example if you put mint with other herbs it would completely take over. I don’t even plant mint in my garden because it’s so invasive. I plant it in pots by itself and still have to trim it because it grows over the sides and tries to find other soil to take root in, even nearby pots.

  7. Gretchen

    I saw this post before and tried it this season. I love it! I used fushias/ strawberries and geraniums that were on Sale at Fred Meyers 5/$3, I also had a bunch of stone crop my mom gave me. So far they are all very happy in the stacked pots ! Even my mailman commented on how cute it is! My mom took similar pots and put one long piece of rebarb down the middle and then tilted the pots Topsy turvy ( I think if you Google it to can find a pic) the bottom edge rests on the opposite top edge of each pot. It turned out really well, too. Thanks Lina!

  8. FuzzyPeach73

    This is a fun idea. Look up companion planting if you want to do herbs…it gives you an idea of who likes to grow together and who doesn’t (e.g. many herbs don’t do well next to fennel; mint tends to take over other herbs’ space). Everyone in my herb garden came back this year, except for the basil and cilantro.

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