You can make a vertical herb garden, a "living spice rack" that spins, using a repurposed tomato cage!
Vertical gardens are very popular these days because it allows you to free up your floor space without sacrificing space for gardening.
One of my favorite pasttimes is coming up with ideas to repurpose materials in the garden that most gardeners already have.
This is the case with my "Living Spice Rack" design.
Materials For Shirley Bovshow's Living Spice Rack
I imagined a lightweight, portable, and affordable vertical garden system to grow lots of herbs indoors, during the winter, or outdoors yearlong in mild climate areas.
1. Tomato Support Cages
I had to look no further than my metal tomato cage which was on it's way to the garden shed once tomato season was over.
The tomato cage with its gridlike design and sturdy composition is the perfect structure to hold a number of metal hanging baskets filled with herbs!
If you prefer wood, you can use an inexpensive wood vegetable support trellis like this one- cost $6
2. Casters and Plant Dollies
Casters and plant dollies, ($15 +) are the centerpiece of the living spice rack, enabling you to spin and move the rack as needed!
Buy some metal planting baskets and cocoa liner and fill them with your favorite herbs before attaching to the tomato cage with gardening tape.
The baskets should wedge into the tomato cage openings, mine are snug.
Make sure to select the right size metal planter by checking to see that it isn't too large or small for the opening.
Watch Video: "
Watch the videos of the Living Spice Rack that I did for my "Way to Grow" show on Digs channel and take a look at the segment I did for the Home & Family Show on
the Hallmark channel recently!
- If using indoors, make sure to place a saucer underneath the large, main planter to catch draining water.
- Water your living spice rack starting at the top so that the overflow water will drain onto the planters underneath it.
- Select a large container to hold the tomato cage. It should be wide so that the rack is not top heavy and topples.
- Spin your herb rack every few days for even sunlight exposure.
Winter Herbs and Greens for Your Living Spice Rack
- Lettuce varieties
- Swiss Chard