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Vertical Herb Garden DIY Guide

by Barbara Pierce 06/15/2022

There are few things more satisfying than cooking with your own fresh herbs. However, growing your own herbs is not always convenient in small spaces. With a vertical herb garden, you can fit a dozen or more different plants without taking up a ton of patio space. Plus, you can build the garden yourself. Here we’ll go over how to turn a wooden pallet into your very own vertical herb garden.

What You’ll Need

Wood stain
Protective clear coat
Staples & staple gun
Pry bar
Fabric weed barrier
Potting soil

Which Herbs Should You Plant?

Here are some suggestions for herbs to grow in your vertical garden:


All the above plants have similar requirements for light and watering. Each can live and grow close to others of its same kind or different herbs, making them ideal for this compact and efficient vertical garden project.


  1. First, scrub and sand your pallet to begin with a clean and safe surface. You don’t have to sand the wood completely smooth but just enough to avoid splinters.

  2. Using a pry bar, remove three of the horizontal boards from one side of the pallet. This will give your plants more vertical space to grow as well as make it easier to harvest them.

  3. Use a wood stain in your preferred shade. Consult your specific stain instructions for optimal drying time.

  4. Once the stain is dry, add the clear top coat. This will help keep the wood looking great and avoid water damage.

  5. Measure the “pocket” size for each horizontal section of the pallet. Alternatively, you can use newspaper to create a fabric pattern.

  6. Cut the weed barrier fabric into 12 pieces. Fold each piece carefully into the open space in the pallet, creating a spacious but secure pocket.

  7. Attach the pocket sides and corners with staples. The corners do not have to be perfect—you will still have plenty of room for soil.

  8. Once the pockets are complete, add a generous scoop of potting soil to each. Add your plants, being careful to allow enough room for each to grow and develop more roots. You should be able to fit 2 or 3 4-inch plants per pocket.

  9. Backfill with additional soil if needed. Add labels to each shelf for easy harvesting.

Now you have a lush and space-efficient herb garden perfect for your deck or patio. You can safely lean the pallet against a wall or attach it to a wall using brackets. To make a freestanding version, attach supports or wheel casters to the bottom of the pallet. This will make your new garden even more convenient and functional, allowing you to enjoy fresh herbs right from your own backyard.

About the Author

Barbara Pierce

Thank you for visiting my webpage. I am a native from the south shore of MA. While visiting in Nokomis in 2005, I stopped by Venice, fell in love with the quaint City on the Gulf, and planted my roots. My life forever changed in early 2006 when I became a licensed Florida Realtor. 

As a local real estate professional, I aspire to assist sellers in their move to the next chapter of their lives and introduce buyers to the concept of living in paradise. My goal is to share my knowledge and experience and commit to make the real estate transaction for both sellers and buyers as smooth as possible. My customer’s satisfaction is my measure of success! I would be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.

I am committed to my profession as well as my community. Currently serving as a Director of Venice Area Board of Realtors, member of Legislative/Political Affairs and Finance Committees. Past member of the Venice Area Board of Realtors RPAC, Leadership and Grievance Committees. Also past member of Venice Women Council of Realtors. Four year participant in Women in Business. Volunteer with All Faith Foodbanks and Women Build with Habitat for Humanity.