As promised, here is the step by step of how I made my own vertical herb garden.
I started with supplies I picked up at Lowes (plants being the only exception). I used: 1 wood planter box, 1 pre cut board (24x48), 3 pieces of precut 2x1 trim (2 48in long and 1 24in long), nails, glue, 1 brick, screw in hooks, 9 small terra cotta pots, soil and plants.
Trim out the big board using glue and small nails (since I bought precut, I didn't have to use the saw but if you are using scraps, you'll have to cut to size first). Place the brick into the planter and sit the big board on top. Screw the big board into the strongest part of the planter.
Spraypaint in whatever shade floats your boat. In this case I went with a blue base and a gray top coat to tone the blue down a bit. Measure out where you want your pots to hang on the board and mark. Add your screw hooks.
Now that your planter is ready, its time to drill a hole in those terra cotta pots. They are delicate so I added some tape for stability and then drilled a pilot hole followed by a larger hole in each using masonry bits. I'm not sure if all this was strictly necessary but it did the job.
Plant to your hearts desire. (I planted english peas, brussel sprouts and lettuce in the base along with my favorite herbs in the pots.) Hang the pots on the hooks.
Finally, I added the names of the herbs using a paint pen on the board. Voila. A vertical garden!
I liked it so much I made two. Now I just need more pots and plants!
The backyard still needs a little more TLC but its coming together just in time for the warm weather.
Do you have any backyard projects you want to share?