Okay. Seriously. Mother Nature, I am completely ready for spring. Love, Michael

I don’t know what things are like in your neck of the woods. The winter chill is still in the air here in Central PA. I am so anxious to get outdoors and start planting, but unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating. Of course, what’s happening outside doesn’t stop me from dreaming inside where it’s warm and cozy. 

Today I’m starting a new IBC series called The Curated Eight. With spring (and summer) on my mind, I found eight amazingly unique herb gardens. And while I can’t yet get outside to plant, I can certainly do some planning for the days ahead. Let’s take a look and see what I found.

1. Short on space? Go up! Plant your herbs in an old cloth shoe caddy. You can have a living wall without the cost of those expensive wall planters. Get all of the how-to details from Birds and Blooms.

2. One of my favorite bloggers, Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone also created a vertical herb garden. Not only does it look and function gorgeously, it doubles as a privacy wall. Love it!

3. Wood pallets can be turned into anything – even herb gardens!

4. If you have access to wine bottle boxes, then this is the project for you. Michelle of Miss Stitch a Wish built an amazing herb garden on her deck with old wine bottle boxes. How cute! She even stamped old silverware to use as garden makers!

5. Stacey from Not Just a Housewife brought her herb garden inside with this adorable wall-mounted mason jar display. How fun is that!?

6. I’m also loving this portable herb garden from Jen of Insideways. She used an old soda crate to create a compact garden. This would be easy to bring inside when you’re cooking. After you’ve snipped off the herbs you need, you just set it back outside. So convenient! 

7. Kate (who I recently met in New York City) of Wit & Delight repurposed vintage tea tins to create an herb garden on her windowsill.  

8. This collection wouldn’t be complete without a hanging garden. Jacky of Small Home & Garden Love used old seed starting tins to make a vertical hanging garden. This is a great project for anyone who has limited space.

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this edition of The Curated Eight. What unique ways do you garden at home? Will you be giving any of these herb garden ideas a try?

In other news … we have a winner! Congrats to Kim Barrett. Kim won a Kindle Fire HD in IBC’s Hump Day Giveaway Week 1. Stop back tomorrow to enter a new and fabulous giveaway! 

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  • chenmae at

    I love the privacy wall idea that Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone created. Its such a cute idea!

  • Mort at Atlanta Health at

    I’m so happy that I found your site via a link on pinterest. What wonderful photos and clever ideas for small space herb gardening. I also LOVE the golden pig bookends in your page header!

  • likeit365 at

    These are fantastic. We’re moving to a new house with not alot of herb space- I want to give #2 a go- it just looks so lovely!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Totally agree! As I mentioned above, it’s one of my favorites!


    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      What a fabulous idea! It looks great. And I’m SO glad to see you included some ‘filled in’ photos. It’s gorgeous!


  • Our Thrifty Charming Home at

    Aren’t we all ready? I have been seen outdoors wearing my winter jacket getting the soil and pallets ready for when Mother Nature comes into terms with spring!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Ugh! Good idea! I’m about to do the same. Hurry spring!!


  • Shavonda at

    These are truly some inspiring ideas! Luckily, I live in sunny California so spring is here in full force. I planned on working out in the garden on Sunday and planting my herbs and some summer veggies were on my to do list. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Mrs. Limestone at

    Thanks for the mention! Glad you like it. My poor herb garden got blown over by superstorm sandy so I have to get to drilling some new pots.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You bet friend! I’m so bummed your planter got trashed! Hopefully she is fixable. Have a great weekend!


  • Mike at

    Wow, that pepsi crate is a collectors item isn’t it?

  • Winepine at

    The wooden wine box garden is great! The picture of the crates in the rain came out well, but weatherproofing the crates should be considered as they’ll weather over the season without it. The waterproof finish should also be organic and non-toxic.

    If your looking for wooden wine crates or boxes for herb or square foot gardens visit Winepine

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