call for a good thyme

I love cooking with fresh herbs, but they can be so expensive at the grocery store and even the local farmer’s market.  Plus isn’t it a pain when you just need a few leaves of sage, but have to buy the whole package?  I’ve tried to keep indoor herb gardens in the past with no luck– even though I appreciate gardening, I have a black thumb that prevents my plants from thriving.  I saw this vertical herb garden on The Chew, and immediately thought, that might just stay alive with very little input from me!  Now I have a place to grow fresh herbs that I can easily move in or outdoors at any time! 


  • Piece of wood at least 6 inches wide with a 1/2 inch thickness
  • Starter herbs in dirt (I used thyme, rosemary and basil in one planter, and oregano, sage and parsley in another)
  • Pebbles
  • 3 1/4 inch screws and screwdriver/power drill
  • 3 empty metal cans
  • Chalkboard paint, white paint

Step 1

Paint your board white (or any color you would like) and let dry.    

Step 2

Attach the cans to the board with the screws (drill the hole through the can first, then into the board).  Tipping them at an angle helps with drainage.

Step 3

Use chalkboard paint to create rectangular labels under each can and one at the top.  Use tape to get close to perfect edges. 

Step 4

Put a handful of pebbles at the bottom of each can to assist with drainage.   

Step 5

Fluff out the roots of the starter herb plants and gently place into the cans.  Add plant names to labels. 

TA DA!  Your own indoor/outdoor versatile vertical herb garden!  Spritz with a spray bottle of water daily, and say hello to your green thumb!

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