How to Make an Herb Garden in a Tower Container
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Fill a few planters with herbs that will grow to become welcome ingredients for delicious meals. This project guide will show you how.
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Plant four 4-inch Bonnie herbs around the perimeter of the 18-inch bottom planter. Here are a few we suggest:
- Top 2 levels: Chives
- Level 3: Boxwood basil
- Level 4: Oregano and dill
- Level 5: Curley parsley, rosemary, lemon thyme, sweet mint, orange mint and pineapple mint.
Fill the 13 1/2-inch planter (or 12-inch planter) three-fourths of the way with organic potting soil, then plant two Bonnie herbs. Repeat this process with the second 13 1/2-inch planter (or 12-inch planter).
Repeat Steps 5 and 6 with the remaining smaller planters, and plant a single plant in each.
This stacking pot technique can be used for more than herbs. Here are instructions for making a stacking strawberry pot for your patio.
- 16-inch terra cotta clay pot
- 12-inch terra cotta clay pot
- 10-inch terra cotta clay pot
- 8-inch terra cotta clay pot
- 6-inch terra cotta clay azalea pot
- 3 foot garden stake
- Potting soil
- Hand trowel
- Gardening gloves
- 10 to 15 strawberry plants
- Optional: copper foil tape
- Stack the planters. The pots and soil will be heavy, so assemble at or near a sunny spot where you plan to keep the tower. Place the 10-inch pot upside-down inside the 16-inch pot, and place the 12-inch pot on top of the 10-inch pot, right-side up. Then place the 6-inch pot upside-down inside the 12-inch pot, and place the 8-inch pot on top of the 6-inch pot, right-side up.
- Add a stake. If your planter is on the ground, press a garden stake through the holes in all five pots and into the ground, until it’s just below the rim of the top pot. If using a saucer, press the stake down to the bottom pot until you hit the saucer.
- Add potting soil to each container until the pots are about three-quarters full.
- Place strawberry plants in the soil, and fill in around them with more potting mix. Depending on the size of your strawberry plants, you’ll want to plant 4 to 6 inches apart in the bottom level, 4 to 5 inches apart in the middle level, and 3 to 4 inches apart in the top level. Water plants well.
Tip: Wrap copper foil tape around the bottom of the tower to help keep slugs away from your strawberry harvest.
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