Window Herb Garden

Create an easily accessible fresh herb garden filled with fragrant seasonal herbs.

Window Herb Garden

Create an easily accessible fresh herb garden filled with fragrant seasonal herbs.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
Tape measure
(2) 1" × 8" × 24" precut wood planks
Pencil
Clamps
Safety glasses
Dust mask
Drill
Paddle drill bit
Saw bit
Brass shower rod
Sawhorses
(2) 2-yard lengths of cotton rope
Painter’s tape
Level
Fresh herbs in 4½" pots
Black electrical tape
Scissors

Steps

  1. Use the tape measure to determine where to make the first hole in one of the 1" × 8" × 24" precut wood planks


  2. Measure 2" in from the short edge and 1¾" in from the long edge of the plank. Mark where these measurements meet. Repeat for the other three corners of the plank


  3. Now measure and mark every 8" along the plank


  4. Clamp the wood plank to the table


  5. Put on safety glasses and a dust mask, and with the paddle drill bit make holes through each pencil mark you made in step 2


  6. Use a saw bit to make holes through the pencil marks you made in step 3


  7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 for the other 1" × 8" × 24" wood plank

  8. Find a safe, sturdy place to hang the sawhorses and shower rod


  9. Find the center point for each piece of cotton rope. Wrap this center point around each end of the rod, spacing the ropes about 22" apart


  10. Measure 13" down from the top of the four rope ends, and mark the measurement with painter’s tape


  11. Thread the ropes through the four corner holes in the wood plank


  12. Right under the painter’s tape mark on the rope, make a sturdy knot on each side for the wooden plank to sit on


  13. Use a level and tape measure to make sure the wooden plank is even. If not, adjust the knot placement accordingly


  14. Once the first plank is even, measure another 12" down from the knot that was just made and mark the measurement with painter’s tape


  15. Thread the ropes through the holes in the second wood plank and tie a knot at the places marked with painter’s tape


  16. Repeat step 13 to ensure the plank is level


  17. Insert the potted herbs in the holes made in the two wooden planks


  18. When all the potted herbs have been placed, measure 5" down from the last knot and wrap black electrical tape around the rope. This will prevent it from fraying once cut


  19. Cut the rope in the middle of the black electrical tape


  20. Hang your new window herb garden in a well-lit spot in your kitchen