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How to Make and Maintain an Indoor Vertical Herb Garden

How to Make and Maintain an Indoor Vertical Herb Garden

One of the best ways to save space in smaller sized homes or grow a garden in an apartment is to create an indoor vertical herb garden. Not only do the plants bring life into your space, but they help purify the air and you have fresh herbs at your fingertips.

Making a DIY vertical herb garden is not as hard as it might seem. With the right know-how and the right mindset, anyone can make it work! Here are some helpful tips and tricks if you're interested in creating the perfect indoor herb garden!

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What to Do First:

The first steps are fairly simple and will make the rest of the creation process easier. Before we get into detailed instructions on the DIY process, here are some things to consider before purchase or installation.

Finding the Right Location

For your indoor herb wall to be healthy, thrive, and grow, you must ensure that the location you choose gets plenty of sunlight. 

Look at the space around your windows and assess the access to the light. 

If you do not have a wall or a space that is close to a window or another point of natural light, you can use a grow light. Grow lights can usually be purchased at your local garden center or home improvement shop. 

Most herbs like being in the light, so make sure that they are getting plenty. Additionally, make sure you know what your prospective plants need to thrive.

Making or Installing the Support System

Whether you choose to purchase a wall herb garden support system that has been pre-made or you choose to make your own, DIY style, make sure that you are using materials or buying a system that is durable and fits the space that you have chosen.

Choose Your Herbs 

Choosing your herbs might not seem like something to think about before installing your DIY indoor herb garden, but the plants you pick need to be the right ones.

Think about the amount of sun that your living herb wall will get and how much time you have to water and care for the plants. If your indoor living herb garden does not get tons of light, try to get herbs or plants that prefer to have minimal sunlight (or invest in a grow light).

If your wall herb garden will get sunlight all day, try to get plants that love to be in the light. This way, your plants are happy and in a healthy environment for them to grow. 

If you plan to grow specific herbs that are commonly used for cooking, such as basil, thyme, rosemary or sage, make sure you organize your herb garden in such a way that the plants that need more sun are in the brighter spots and the others occupy the shadier spots.

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Making Your Own Indoor Vertical Herb Garden

Building your own DIY indoor herb garden is simple. You can choose to make it complex by creating a unique design, but for most people, this is a simple process that takes a little bit of creativity and some time. 

There are a couple of ways to create your vertical herb garden indoors. 

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Creating an Indoor Herb Wall

Making an indoor herb wall is an easy project, and as simple as installing shelving in the location of your choosing and putting planters on the shelves. (Check out some inspiration here!) This method is great to save floor space in homes with limited space and can use clay pots or other planters!

This method of making an herb wall planter indoor system can be a bit more permanent than the next method, so only do this type of living herb wall if you know that you want it in this location for a while.

Additionally, if you are renting your home, make sure that you talk to your landlord before installing anything, as it could be a violation of the lease agreement, and you could be fined.

To install:

  1. Finding the shelving that fits in the location you chose and can hold the size and weight of the planters you picked.
  2. Install the shelves to the wall in whatever design you want, but make sure the plants are getting enough light.
  3. Plant your herbs or seeds into the planters and put them on the shelves.
  4. Voila! You are done!

All that is left to do is monitor the plants and give them water and fertilizer when needed. Maybe sing to them or read them a book now and then!

Creating a Vertical Indoor Herb Garden

A vertical indoor herb garden is different from an indoor herb wall. Herb walls are installed to a wall, so the plants are never on a structure that touches the ground. Vertical herb gardens are on structures that hold the plants, similar to a bookcase.

To make your own, first assess the space you chose. Make sure you have the proper measurements of how big you want the structure to be and what materials you are planning to make the structure from.

Here are some ideas for creating your design:

  • Cinder blocks and/or sanded wood for a hipster or hippie type of look
  • Stacking herb boxes on a stand
  • An old bookshelf for a rustic look
  • Stackable planters placed on the ground or a shelf for a modern look
  • Use tin cans or plastic bottles instead of recycling them. Try decorating them with chalkboard paint so you can label your herbs!

Depending on the style you like, you can get creative while making your system. Before you even have your design or have your materials, double-check that the materials and design you have picked will support the planters and weight of the soil and plants. Also, check that the width and length of the structure are sturdy and long enough to hold the plants.

Next, all that is left to do is build your system or put it together and plant your herbs!

If you find yourself struggling to find room for a vertical indoor herb garden or an indoor herb wall, you could always use hanging planters as an alternative, but these options are much nicer, and can bring great energy and life into your kitchen, living room, bedroom, or your backyard!

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Good Herbs to Plant for Your Vertical Herb Garden Indoors

Below is a list of common herbs that people like to grow in their living wall herb gardens or vertical indoor herb garden!

  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Mint
  • Parsely
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Chives
  • Lemonbalm or Beebalm

These are often aromatic and great for cooking, (fresh basil is AMAZING!) so they not only smell good and clean the air, but they are useful for everyday flavoring!

All of these plants are great for growing in pots and often can live year-round if not exposed to the elements or cold temperatures. If they do die, you can expect them to come back next season!

No matter what you plant or what your planting structure looks like, make sure to care for the plants by watering them and giving them fertilizer or compost now and then. 

Enjoy your new indoor vertical garden or living herb wall and your fresh herbs!



Common questions

How to make an indoor herb garden?
Start by finding the right indoor or outdoor location, most herbs prefer light so find a place with lots of sunshine. Then pick the materials for your support system, these can be as simple as shelving units with matching planters!
What materials can I use for an indoor herb garden?
Primarily you want to make sure you have a sturdy foundation. Consider using cinder blocks or sanded wood, an old bookshelf for an elegant look, or even tin cans or bottles instead of planters for a unique rustic feel.
Are herb walls and vertical herb gardens the same thing?
A vertical indoor herb garden is different from an indoor herb wall. Herb walls are installed to a wall, so the plants are never on a structure that touches the ground. Vertical herb gardens are on structures that hold the plants, similar to a bookcase.