Curious How to Build a Herb Tower Garden? This easy and impressive DIY gardening project is perfect for space-saving gardening and will be one you use and love for years to come.
DIY Herb Tower Garden
I put together my Herb Tower garden nearly TEN years ago and have used it every year. It's something I use and love everything spring, summer, and even into fall. I adore it with a passion.
An herb tower is great if you are short on space, or just want to have something handy to keep your herbs outside near your kitchen. My actual raised bed is a good distance from my kitchen, so I like to keep my herb tower on my deck near my kitchen.
The herb tower is fabulous because it condenses the amount of space you need to grow a variety of herbs and it looks great on your deck. It’s much easier than it looks to… especially since you now have step-by-step instructions!
How to Make A Herb Tower Instructions:
What you need:
- Large Flat Bottom Pot
- Middle Flat Pot
- Top Pot
- Two Interior Pots (to hold up the other pots)
- 1 bag potting soil - You can use organic or whatever type you think works best for small potted plants.
- 6-8 small herb plants - Pick your favorites but options include rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano, sage or basil.
Building a Herb Tower Garden is actually really simple. Here is my step-by-step photo tutorial to get it done!
You will need 3 nice round pots. Looks for ones that are wide but relatively flat. Make sure your pots have some small holes for proper drainage.
You can order these from Amazon too!
- Large Flat Bottom Pot - 22"
- Middle Flat Pot - 12"
- Top Pot - 9"
You will need two other pots that are narrow and close to the same height as the largest and middle pots. These pots don’t have to look nice and can be old because you will cover them in dirt and not actually see them.
Those pots go upside down in the middle of the tower to prop up the tower.
Figure out which herbs work best in each pot. At the bottom, I like low-crawling herbs like oregano or thyme.
In the middle, I like herbs with a little height like basil, dill, or chives.
I love Rosemary at the top because it is sturdy and almost “tree” like.
Here's what the rosemary looks like on top.
Here are the chives in the middle.
Here's the dill in the middle.
The Greek Oregano is also in the middle.
On the bottom, I used Lemon Oregano.
I also used Thyme. Thyme is great because it will often come back year after year.
Put potting soil in the bottom pot around the middle “prop” pot.
Arrange crawling herbs angled to the outside of the pot so they can spill over the sides when they start to grow.
Add the second level of the tower. Put the potting soil in the second pot, covering the prop pot again.
Add the top of the tower!
Use the potting soil to plant the Rosemary.
Put on your deck and enjoy! Don’t forget to water When it all grows in, it looks like this!
Herb Tower Garden Tips:
- After the growing season is over I leave my herb tower out and several of my perineal herbs will come back the following year. I've had thyme, chives, and oregano that have been growing for years.
- I would not put an invasive herb like mint in this tower unless you put it in its own pot at the top.
- Once you plant the herb tower water it every day for the first week. Once it's more established you can back off to every other day or everything third day depending on how rainy or hot your climate is.
- Look for soil that is good for potted plants or gardens. That soil often contains more moisture. Potted plants will dry out more quickly than ones in the ground.
- Once your herbs start growing pinch them off before they flower so they don't change their taste.
I hope you enjoy your herb tower as much as I do!
Make sure to check out my healthy recipes to use these herbs also on Running in a Skirt!
What herbs are you growing this year?
Do you have any tips for container gardening in small spaces?
Also, are your pots terra cotta, plastic, etc? Just curious in terms of stability, etc.
Hi! Would love approximate dimensions or links for similarly sized pots, please?!
They are plastic that looks like terra cotta! The largest is about 3 feet wide.
jill conyers says
Julie this is awesome! I'm going to re-do my herb garden this weekend 🙂
Steve Cooper says
Great idea made practical. Thanks for sharing the tip and allowing us to pass it on at http://eatdrinkandgoveggie.com/?page_id=278.
no problem! Thanks for the shout out-- I'm glad you liked it!
Joanne Shafer says
Love the idea.
Missing you again on early morning and lunch. Hope everything is ok
Yes! I'm fine! I just posted that I was in Italy. I didn't take a computer-- we try not to make big public announcements that we are going out of town until we get back either! Just to be safe 🙂
Robin @ Simply Southern Baking says
Love this Julie. Thanks for sharing!
Annette Cocke says
Julie, what a great idea! We have a patio table we never use in lots of sunshine. I can put this in the middle. Can't wait to get started. Many thanks for posting this. Hope you are doing well. On TV, your voice is much stronger. Keep up the good work!
Wayne Burgess says
Why aren't you posing beside your completed creation?