10 Genius Things You can Make from Your Herb Garden

Now you can enjoy the fresh smell of lavender or basil all year long when you make a candle. This requires a bit of planning and some candle-making skill, but it’s way cheaper than store-bought candles, and you’ll feel great that you made it yourself.

Herb wreaths are a genius way to enjoy the smell of herbs around your entire home while also decorating. You can add your favorite herbs into the wreath and update it whenever the scent seems to go away. You can also change them out periodically to match the season.

My family and I love pesto, so I was incredibly excited when I found out you can make your own. Store-bought pesto is really expensive (at least in the quantity I have to buy it), and you never really know what’s in it. With this recipe, you know exactly what you’re feeding your family.

Another recipe I like to make from my herb garden is salad dressing. Much like pesto, it lets me control what my family eats (salad dressing can have so much garbage in it!). I also get to customize the flavors of my dressings, so I’m never disappointed!

Magic sauce is another fantastic recipe that my family and I love. It’s a combination of a bunch of different herbs (you can customize it to your family’s liking), and you can put it on, or in, anything. Add to soup, marinade meat, or touch up anything else. This magic sauce is seriously delicious.

I used to have a lot of sleeping problems a few years back, and I found this craft that has worked wonders. They’re sleep pillows that you fill with chamomile and lavender. The scents of the herbs work together to lull you to sleep and give you a much better night’s sleep.

If you want a really fun project from your herb garden, then try making some soap! You can use nearly all the herbs in your garden. It may take a few tries before you get the right texture and hold, but it’s a fun family project.

Have you noticed how expensive infused vinegar is when you try to buy it from the store? It’s like an arm and a leg! But, with your herb garden, you can make your own infused vinegar at a fraction of the price.

Ever since I’ve had kids, I’ve become incredibly cautious with the type of cleaning materials I bring into my house. I don’t like anything too strong or with harsh chemicals, so natural cleaners are a great solution. You can make your own cleansing spray with herbs from your very garden. It’s way cheaper and safer than processed stuff from the store.

You guys, have you ever had flavored butter? If you haven’t, then you’re missing SO much. You’ll seriously never want to eat normal butter ever again. You can make all kinds of flavored butter with any of the herbs you grow.

13 Creative Ways to Grow an Herb Garden

For ease and mobility, grow herbs in separate planters. You can put them on an outside table, your windowsill, or anywhere else you like. This setup allows you to easily rearrange things and best care for each herb without disturbing the rest.

A window box is one of the most popular and easiest ways to grow herbs. It usually gets all the rain and sunlight it needs, and you have easy access from the kitchen. Just reach through the window and pluck the herbs you need!

This Mason jar wall mount idea is fantastic. You can put it inside or outside (depending on the herbs you want to grow), and it looks great either way. Label the jars so you know what’s what.

This spiral shaped herb garden adds an extra layer of fun to your yard or garden. It acts as a decoration while also getting you the herbs you want. The spiral shape also makes it easier to plant and pluck since you don’t have to step around the other plants.

A wall of plastic bottles may sound crazy, but it works mighty well. Cut a chunk of the bottle out and add the soil and seeds. Water as needed, and the herbs should grow right in. You can easily pluck the herbs you need whenever you decide to cook.

Tin cans are another wall-mounted herb garden idea that works well. The separate cans keep the herbs neat and organized and allow you to better keep track of them. This looks best outside, but you can put it wherever works best for you.

An herb ladder is such an effective herb garden idea because it uses up vertical space that would otherwise go unused. Grow a different herb or two on each level. Watch all levels to make sure they’re getting enough water and attention.

This may take a bit of carpentry skill, but it’s nothing you can’t do! A chicken wire wall-mount maximizes your vertical space while minimizing ground space. The pots can each hang off the chicken wire, just make sure it’s strong enough. If done right, you can get over a dozen herbs growing on this contraption.

A shoe organizer works really well as an herb garden, actually. Who would have thought? You just want to get a solid one so that the soil and water are retained. You’ll want to play around with this idea, because you’ll probably have to tweak it for your own customization.

Stack some cinderblocks together to get a quick and easy herb garden. The herbs and soil fit right into the space between the cinderblocks. You can paint and decorate the blocks, too, if you want to make it more fun.

This bench box is such a work of art! It’s space-aware, looks great, and grows plenty of herbs. Plus, it can be placed right by the kitchen, so that’s nice.

These wooden vertical boards are as much practical as they are decorative. I love how the herb garden becomes a work of art for your home or yard. It doesn’t hurt that you also get free herbs for meals!

Build some sort of tiered construction, like this one made from metal bins. You can do this with terra cotta pots or any other stackable material. The end result is great, and it grows the herbs quite well.