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While shopping at HomeGoods a few weeks ago, I came across this vertical magazine storage rack. Right there in the aisle I had an Oprah “a-ha” moment and gasped quite loudly. I immediately looked around for fear my idea had somehow leaked from my brain, and someone else was going to nab the rack before I did. Thankfully no one was nearby, and the rack was all mine. So what was my “a-ha” moment idea? I was going turn this magazine rack into a vertical herb garden!

How To Create Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

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I love my home, but it has limited outdoor space. It’s located fairly close to downtown, and the houses are tucked in pretty tight. Because of this, I’m always coming up with ways to make the most of every inch of my outdoor space. Last year, I had a small deck added to the back of my house which made great use of a previously dead zone. By turning this hanging magazine rack into a vertical garden that I could hang on a wall, it would take up no space and add a touch of life and color. Plus, I’d have fresh herbs all summer long.

To make this rack a functioning and chic garden, I needed a few more things: oil-rubbed bronze spray paint, coco fiber liners, soil, and herbs.

How To Create Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

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The silver finish wouldn’t work in my space, so I started off by giving the rack a couple coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

How To Create Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

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Once the rack was dry, I attached it to the wall using screws.

How To Create Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

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To keep the soil and plants in the pockets of the rack, I lined them with round coco liners that you’d normally use in a hanging basket. You can find the liners in most garden supply centers and hardware stores these days, and they are pretty inexpensive. The ones I purchased were round. They weren’t a perfect fit to start, but I gently pushed them into the pockets and spread out the fiber to fill the opening.

How To Create Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

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With the pockets lined, I added soil. Now, I was ready for herbs. Because I tend to go overboard with plants, I was able to squeeze sixteen herb plants into this rack. There are eight different herbs, and I used two of each herb. You could certainly get away with just one of each herb, but I am short on patience and want instant impact, so I went for more.

How To Create Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

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I gently tucked the herb plants into each pocket and then put in more soil where it was needed.

How To Create Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

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After a quick watering, my DIY vertical herb garden was complete!

How To Create Your Own Vertical Herb Garden

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Who would have thought that a magazine storage rack could function as a vertical herb garden? It’s like it was meant to be! As I said at the beginning of this post, this kind of garden is great when outdoor space is tight. It takes up zero floor space and offers ample room for plants. Plus, it doubles as wall art, adding natural color to the area.

Although I filled my garden with herbs, you could certainly plant flowers or another type of vegetation. Pretty cute, right? I hope you enjoyed this little DIY and are inspired to try something similar. Happy planting!

Michael Wurm Jr. is the blogger behind the popular lifestyle blog, Inspired by Charm, where he shares his love for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, entertaining inspiration, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide tools and tips for everyone to live a happy, colorful life. You can also find Michael on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.


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