A Wall of stunning herbiness

Herb rack all fluffed up in june webLOVE YOUR HERBS
My unique herb rack keeps my herbs organized and is ideal near the kitchen. I designed this for my tiny garden as it requires no floor space. It has proved so popular that the herb rack has been featured in Garden News and friends have asked me to make them one.

Herb rack first planted in March
Herb rack first planted in March

Its made from wood cut to my specifications then off it goes to be tanalised. This is where is placed into a vacuum chamber where moisture is sucked out of it and preservative impregnated. It sounds quite drastic to go to all this trouble but I reckoned that there would be a lot of water about whilst obviously watering the herbs. So this baby will never rot. Then I used marine standard screws with raised heads for a modern look whilst being rust proof too.

You don't have to stick to herbs either. I've added chillies, tomatoes and black Ophiopogon grass.
You don’t have to stick to herbs either. I’ve added chillies, tomatoes and black Ophiopogon grass.
Purple heather look so funky on the wall rack.
Purple heather look so funky on the wall rack.

POTTY ABOUT HERBS
The containers are plastic as I thought galvanized steel ones would literally bake the herbs, and not in a good way. The containers are dishwasher proof and frost proof (I know this as I kept one in the freezer as an experiment). They come from a large home-ware store so are reliable in terms of availability and quality. Colours are white, orange, red, bright green and black.
Now back to the rack. I’ve painted it in two shades of especially mixed (by me) Culprinol wood paint. I chose a neutral grey that looks good against brick and shows the herbs off too.

Pots clip firmly onto light grey slat. Choose plants to compliment pot colours.
Planters clip firmly onto light grey slat. I chose plants to compliment the brightly coloured pots .
Pretty purple pansies greet you at the front door
A six herb rack installed in the porch. Pretty purple pansies greet you at the front door.
The green wall planting. Winter plants on their summer holidays.
Other ways of using the racks – this my  green wall planting. Heathers were fabulous in the winter but at the moment the plants on their summer holidays and are happy just being green.
Herbs are thriving in the sun
Herbs are thriving in the sun

My next project is to make a strawberry rack. How cool would that be? Watch this space. I’m always on the look out for different style containers so drop me a line is you see any…

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