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Published on July 18th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin

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DIY Hanging Herb Garden

Here in Colorado, where winter is eight months of the year and fall and spring are usually confined to a few awkward weeks, hanging herb gardens (indoor or outdoor) are a great solution for fresh herbs without having to work around Colorado’s bi-polar weather. It’s also a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at the store that ends up going to waste. You can hang them inside on the walls or from the ceilings anywhere that gets lots of sunlight.

There are a variety of different ways to do this – indoors, outdoors, using plastic bottles, using coffee filters and scrap fabric, or getting super imaginative and using everything from mason jars to an old chest of drawers. The most basic and user-friendly option seems to be the plastic bottle method – quick, cheap, and good for indoor or outdoor use.

 

What You’ll Need:
2 liter bottle (one for as many herbs as you’d like!)
– Duct tape
– Razor
– Hole puncher (or something that can act as one)
– Thick twine/thin rope (try some hemp!)

How to Do it:
– Use razor to cut off bottom third or so of soda bottle.
– Wrap duct tape around the bottom part of the soda bottle. Make sure that half of the duct tape is on the bottle and half is above it.
– Cut slits about 2-3″ apart in the duct tape and fold over.
– Punch two holes about halfway down the duct tape. Cut two more on the opposite side.
– Cut string and thread through two of the holes form the outside in. Do the same on the other side.
– Drill hole in soda bottle cap to allow for drainage and screw back on.

 

For more on this method, check out this quick video tutorial:

 

For a hanging garden like the one in the featured photo, you’ll need a little more time, spare change, and ingenuity on your hands – including coffee filters, tin cans, some scrap fabric and more. If this is more your speed, click on the picture below for a how-to on this method.

There’s also plenty of super-fancy options for the craft lovers – click on any of these pictures for more!

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