Saturday, September 1, 2012

DIY wine box herb garden

After a summer of cooking, I am finally back to my crafty old self!

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite home projects: the DIY wine box herb garden. This makes a wonderful housewarming gift that can be on display in the garden, on the patio or in a kitchen window. 

Materials needed:
1 empty wooden wine box (any size will do depending on what space you have. In this photo, I've used a single bottle box.)
herbs or seeds

1) Using the 1/4-inch bit, drill 4 - 8 drainage holes in the bottom of your wine box. 

2) Place a layer of small gravel (but not so small that it will fall through the drainage holes!) on the bottom of the box. This is an important step to ensuring that your herb garden will not stay soggy when you water it.

3) Fill with dirt (no need to pack it in there; keep it loose.)

4) Either plant various herb seeds OR if you want a more satisfying quick fix, plant a variety of baby herbs into the box. I recommend a medley of basil, thyme, sage and oregano. Cilantro, chives and parley are also great choices. Avoid mint unless you plan on keeping your box garden exclusively growing mint as it will take over and kill off the other herbs. 

Place in direct sunlight / partial shade and enjoy! Complete your garden look with other planters of various sizes, twinkle and garden lights and garden statues! 


  1. My kids would enjoy doing this, they have been hopeless with the greenhouse this year, perhaps a window box would be more manageable!

  2. I'd love to plant some herbs in there and have it on my windowsill, thanks for the idea!

  3. I love it! Smart about the mint, it's such a weed. My herbs are growing in individual pots, but I can already tell that the mint would take over everything if it weren't separated. :-)

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  5. super cute box!
    Love the plants in it....
    Plants liven up any decor...

  6. this is so creative and beautiful!
    just found your blog through the naptime review linkup - now following you via GFC :) lookin' forward to reading more and visiting again!


  7. Great idea for those herbs!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. Love this! My hubby made me some that were super long for our herb garden since we have NO room for a REAL garden!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus


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