10 Small Space Container and Herb Garden Ideas

Growing your own herbs is incredibly satisfying. Not only do they take up very little space, they take your cooking to new heights as you start experiment with different flavor profiles, you can even read our guide to choosing your own here.


Here are 10 ideas for planting up your own, small space herb garden.

Indoor Herb Garden

1. DIY Indoor Herb Planter via Design Sponge

BBQ Herb Planter

2. How to Turn a Dingy Old BBQ into an Herb Container Garden via Life on the Balcony


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How To: Make Chunky Minestrone Soup


created at: 10/19/2012

In keeping with comfort foods I’m going to show you how to tackle a perennial favorite of mine, Minestrone, which is derived from the Provençal dish, Soupe au Pistou.

You get to flex your muscles a bit as this dish contains fresh herbs, which I covered earlier this week in my how to grow your own windowsill herbs post.


(Serves 4)

1 onion (chopped)
2 sticks of celery (chopped)
2 large carrots (diced)
2 russet potatoes (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
Handful of winter greens (chopped)
1 can of chopped tomatoes (14 oz or 400g)
1 cup of pasta shells
2 cans of chicken broth (33 3/4oz or 1L)
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
Basil pesto
Olive oil

Step 1: Place a large pot on a medium heat, add onion, celery, carrots and potatoes to the pot with a splash of olive oil and cook for 8-10 minutes. Continue Reading

How to: Grow Your Own Windowsill Herb Garden

created at: 10/17/2012

After the great feedback from last week’s year round salad garden post I thought I’d continue in the same vein by turning our attention to herbs.

Herbs can completely transform a dish, adding to its complexity and taste. While you can use dry herbs in a pinch, there is something quite special about using fresh herbs, picked when you need them.

Store bought herbs in my opinion are rather wasteful as most times a recipe may only call for a sprig of mint, not the whole darn plant! Continue Reading

How to Turn Coffee Tins into a Hanging Herb Garden

Herb Garden Before

Even though summer is on the wane, that doesn’t mean we still can’t plant an herb garden. Like this one! So colorful and lively it will keep summer in your heart all autumn and winter long. I also like how it serves as a window treatment as well. Check it out:       

Herb garden after 2

Wanna make one? This is what’cha need:

  • tin containers with plastic lids (like coffee cans)
  • coat hangers
  • pliers
  • scissors
  • herbs
  • masking tape
  • coffee filters (genius!)
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2 in 1 Lamp & Indoor Garden

Have you seen those AreoGarden deals? They’re usually displayed in stores with plastic ‘herbs’ growing in them, which only highlights the less than aesthetically pleasing design of the contraption itself. Studio Shulab has come up with a 2 in 1 alternative that actually looks good.

The lamp uses LED and the center bit telescopes so you can raise it as your herbs grow higher. It’s in the concept stage right now, but hopefully it will be available soon. Continue Reading

Make a Tipsy Flower Pot Tower

So cute and easy to make, this tower will add interest and verticality to any garden. Supplies are minimal and include:

A tall, sturdy rod about 66″ tall.
1 – 12″ round clay pot.
4 – 10″ clay pots.
Potting soil.

To assemble the Tipsy Tower, first drive the metal rod into the ground; then thread the pots onto the rod, starting with the 12″ pot and filling with soil as you go. Add your favorite plants and you’re done! Continue Reading

Recycle Your Onions Into an Endless Supply of Scallions.

I’ve been doing this ever since I’ve had a patch of dirt in which to grow ’em. Next time you grab a bunch of scallions/green onions at the supermarket, hold onto the root ends.

Then, simply plant them about one inch into the dirt (in the garden or a pot). Water well, and wait for the greens to return. The more you snip them, they faster they’ll grow.

You can also do this with whole garlic bulbs and use the green sprouts in pastas, stirfrys, etc. Continue Reading

How to Make an Herbal Dream Pillow.

Abi from CraftyCrafty muses, “Dream pillows were used in olden days for fairytale maidens to rest
their heads on as they slept. Nowadays, they’re just great for anyone
with the sort of full-on, stressful lifestyle that leads to insomnia.
Using the fabric of your choice…cut two equal sized sheets depending on the shape you
want your pillow to take, stitch along three sides of the material,
then turn it right the side out.”

Then, stuff with a combination of aromatic dried herbs, teas, flowers, and essential oils. Continue Reading

DIYable Egg Planters?

These sweet little Eggling Plants from Wrapables caught my eye recently. They come with packets of seeds ready for sowing, a ‘fortified peat mixture’ and little terra cotta trays in which to nestle. They’re 1.75″ by 2″, the size of an extra large chicken egg, and are sold in sets of three for herb and flower collections ($29.95) and singly for the cactus offering ($9.95). Sure, these eggs are made of ceramic, which means they’re durable, BUT to save the 30 bucks, how about using REAL eggs as planters? Continue Reading