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DIY Vertical Herb Garden
17 Jan 2019
Keep your herb garden close at hand and free-up some deck space by making this stylish wall-mountable planter board with little more than a piece of pine and a few Resene testpots. For an extra dose of colour, paint the terracotta pots to match.
You will need:
- Testpots in Resene Untamed, Resene Bi Hoki, Resene Reverie and Resene Valour
- Pine H3 treated board (this one is 1.9m in length, 23cm wide and 18mm thick)
- 5 terracotta pots (16.5cm diameter and 14.5cm tall)
- Electric drill
- Masking tape
- Small paintbrush
Step 1: Measure your board and divide it into five equal parts (or fewer if you have fewer pots) Use a set-square to draw horizontal lines for each of the five divisions.
Step 2: Place a pot near the bottom of one of the divisions and measure and mark with a pencil where the wire will go through the board to hold the pot in place. These holes will sit behind the pot just under the lip. Use an electric drill to make two holes about 5cm apart; drill them on an angle so it’s easier to thread in the wire later. If you are going to hang your finished board up with a nail, drill a hole for that. Repeat this down the length of the board for each of the five sections. The holes may need a light sand with medium grit sandpaper.
Step 3: Mask bands across the board where you want to paint. Have fun making stripes of different thicknesses and other patterns.
Step 4: Apply two coats of paint using your chosen Resene colours and remove the tape while the second layer is still wet.
Step 5: When the paint is dry, place a pot where you drilled the two holes, then thread the wire through from the back, around the pot and back through the other hole. Use pliers to twist the wire ends together. Repeat this for all the pots.
Seal your pots inside and out with Resene Terracotta Sealer to help retain moisture then fill your pots with good quality potting mix and herb plants.If you want to add more colour, you can apply your favourite Resene testpot colours over the sealer.
Styling and images by Fleur Thorpe