Give your garden an update with this easy DIY herb garden.

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  • If you love cooking with fresh herbs, but don’t have room in your yard for an herb garden, we have the perfect DIY project. This DIY pallet herb garden is very simple to make and perfect for small gardens.

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    Vertical planters are ideal if you don’t have a lot of outdoor space. However, they can be expensive. However, DIY enthusiast and grandmother Hellan Pearce has created a vertical herb planter for under £10 using a few pallets.

    DIY Pallet Herb Garden

    Image credit: Hellan Pearce

    “I made the herb garden because our garden is not that big, because we are in a new construction. And my husband likes to cook with herbs,” says Hellan. “Herbs like mint can take over, so this herb garden is great because it keeps each herb separate.”

    To cut costs, Hellan decided to work with wooden pallets for a few home DIY projects, including the herb garden.

    “I posted a message on Facebook asking friends for unwanted pallets that could be collected while respecting social distancing rules,” she explains. “People were great and I got free loads. They left them on their records for me to pick up.

    DIY herb planter 1

    Image credit: Hellan Pearce

    To make the planter, Hellan used two pallets. “It was a simple process of taking the pallet and filling the bottom of each row with wood from another pallet to create the trough,” Hellan explains.

    She prepped the herb palette by lining each box with a herb liner. She then drilled holes in the bottom of each box for drainage.

    DIY herb planter 2

    Image credit: Hellan Pearce

    “I planted them without the favorite and most used herbs which I bought from Asda at £1.49 each,” she explains.

    To add a finishing touch, Hellan wrote the name of the herbs on the front in permanent marker. If you’re not as confident in your calligraphy skills as Hellan, you can create a paper stencil to help guide your hand.

    “Since making, the herbs have doubled in size, so it’s worked really well,” says Hellan.

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    Have you ever been tempted to give away that DIY herb garden?

    Terri S. Tomasini