Today, we are going to learn how to build an indoor herb garden shelf to create a nice indoor garden that hold your favorite herbs.
How to Build an Indoor Herb Garden Shelf Video
Weather you live in the city or country, today I wanted to show you my step-by-step instructions on how to build an indoor herb garden shelf with simple and inexpensive materials.
I am new to do it yourself projects but, this herb shelf was easy and perfect for growing your favorite herbs indoors.
Growing herbs indoors is perfect not only in the winter but, all year because you can snip a few sprigs to add to your cooking.
Beginner Herbs to Grow in Indoors
Cilantro is a awesome herb in Asian and Mexican foods and is wonderful for detoxing the body from metals or any other foreign ingredient.
Parsley has tons of Vitamin C and I try to sneak it in everywhere. These herb grows biennial which means ever two year. Very bright green in color and loves full sun parsley is something I love growing and having on hand.
Basil smells amazing and it perfect in salads, tomato sauces, and on sandwiches. The light green annual herb will grow Mid summer a tall white or pink flower will grow so do not be alarmed it will provide a lot of color, however pink off young flower buds to prevent bloom and encourage more basil leaves. Basil needs a drain soil and a lot of sun. I plan on planting outside after Mother’s Day which I hope we have our last frost by then.
Dill is an annual and a must have for making a lot of delicious goodies in my farm kitchen such as fermented pickles. This annual herb will grow very high about three feet, and I harvest tons in the fall.
Oregano This herb will grow white flowers and is perfect to use in any Italian or Greek dishes and I like to use to season steaks. I love dry Oregano because it looks pretty plus it is a wonderful herb I can use year-round by cutting down to a few inches from the earth and hanging upside down to dry. This herb needs full sun, well-drained soil and does not do well in hot humid weather so beware, however I heard it is hardy in Zone 5 area and will grow up to 2 feet high!
Thyme is another perennial small in size. In the spring Thyme will bloom a pretty purple flower.
Rosemary is a perennial that I adore for many reasons. This beautiful shrub smells amazing, and I love not only cooking with it but using it in homemade beauty.
Herbs to Grow for Loose Tea
Lemon Balm is a herb I only have little experience with but, willing to expand this up coming growing season. This herb will grow up to two feet and is a perennial. Enriched with a strong lemon scent will be perfect for creating tea blends.
Lavender goes about three feet high and very aromatic. This deep purple herb is great in cooking, baking and self care. Do not over water your lavender, provide full sun and harvest in early to late summer.
Mint is a perennial and a herb I like to grow in multiple varieties such as pineapple and chocolate. Growing mint will expand and spread through the years so when planting make sure you have tons of room.
Chamomile smells like apple and is gorgeous; it reminds me of a cottage. With love and care this perennial will make a thick blanket in your garden. This yellow like daisy is great to form medical properties such as digestion, calm the nerves however if someone on your farm is allergic to ragweed keep them away.
Chives is a hallow onion and a perennial. Growing ten inches high this herb flowers gorgeous pale purple flowers.
Garlic is an herb I do not know much about but, decide to learn this past fall. This perennial herb grows from a blub and breaks off into sections called a clove. I love using garlic in everything and a must have for any homesteader.
How to Build an Indoor Herb Garden Shelf Instructions
- Pine or Cedar Boards cut to desire size
- Tape Measure
- A Cloth lightly Dammed
- Stain in Desire Color or Paint
- Stain Pad
- Exterior Screws
- Screw Gun
- Miter Saw
- 100 grit Sandpaper or Sander
- Four Terra Cotta Pots (4 inches round)
- Variety of Herb Seeds
1.) First, measure the area where you will place your indoor herb garden shelf. I measure from the inside of my windowsill to determine my cuts; it measure at thirty-five inches. Next, with a pencil measure your wood and mark. Take a ruler and make a straight line. Now with your saw make the Appropriate cut.
2.) Trace the outline of the flowerpot tops; you would like to use for you indoor herb garden shelf with a pencil.
Using a compass will help with the dimensions, you want your pot tops to rest inside of your herb shelf. Using a jigsaw and drill it is time to cut your circles out to drop your flowerpot. I drill holes in the inside of the pencil lined circles. Next, I took the jigsaw and sawed the circles out and tested my flowerpots to get the desire size.
Sanding a Staining Wood for a Beginner
3.) Sand your Herb Garden Shelf until smooth including the edge with a sander or sandpaper with a grit of one hundred. Now, with a lightly damp cloth wipe away any saw dust.
4.) Take your stain and staining pad and stain entire shelving unit. You can leave the wood bare if you like! Allow stain to dry twenty-four hours.
5.) Now it is time to cover and seal the wood with a polyurethane. Let dry for twenty-four hours.
6.) Next, secure your herb garden shelf to your windowsill.
7.) Finally, add your favorite herbs either from seeds or already grown.