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Steps in Making Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

If you think making your own vertical herb garden at home can be complicated and quite impossible for you to do, then you are definitely wrong. You can even make your own vertical herb garden using recycled materials, which you can find in your own room. The recycled material I am referring to that you can use in making a vertical herb garden is a plastic hanging shoe organizer. Making a vertical herb garden with a plastic shoe organizer can be quick and very easy. However, you should not use a canvas shoe organizer, for canvas type of shoe organizer is not waterproof and it can’t be very effective in holding moisture to your herb garden.

Steps in Making Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

Recycled Vertical Herb Garden Design

  1. Make sure that you are going to place your vertical herb garden where natural sunlight can reach for at least 6 hours per day. Herbs can grow properly and healthily when they are exposed to natural sunlight at least 6 hours per day, and the sunlight can help in keeping the soil moist and not wet. It will be advisable for you not to place your vertical herb garden to an area near heating vents or even cooling vents, for your herbs can possibly die.
  2. Install a screw or nail approximately 6 feet above the floor, where your plastic shoe organizer will be hung. Make sure that either nails or screws are at the same height with each other. To make sure that that either nails or screws are properly aligned, you can use rulers or a level.
  3. Once you are sure that nails or screws have the same height, you can now place your plastic shoe organizer. Once the plastic shoe organizer is already securely hung into the wall, drive a 3rd nail or screw at the top center of the plastic shoe organizer, for better weight support later on. Using a sturdy rod can also be used in installing a plastic shoe organizer for a vertical herb garden.
  4. With each pouch, make sure that it will have proper holes at the bottom for drainage. You can use a fine pointed knife or scissors to puncture the bottom of each pouch. And after puncturing all pouches, you will have to place a tray or basin at the bottom of the shoe organizer, which will serve as a drainage catch basin.
  5. Fill each shoe organizer pouch with 1/3 to ½ full of potting mix. To enhance drainage, mixing perlite with sand into the soil can be done.
  6. Transfer each herb into every pouch. Cover every herb’s roots with additional potting mix. Make sure that the potting mix in each pouch should only be up to ½ to 1 inch below the opening of the pouch.
  7. Water each pouch accordingly. Never keep your soil wet, since it can cause the root systems of your herbs to rot. Just keep the soil moist. You can check for the soil’s moisture using the tip of your fingers.