Window-Mounted Hanging Herb Garden

Bring fresh herbs to your kitchen and dress up your window at the same time with this simple hanging herb garden.

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Herbs at your fingertips

Have your favorite herbs nearby for your cooking adventures with this window mount herb garden. 

Gather Materials

You will need: 1” conduit (enough to make two pieces as long as your window is wide)/ tape measure/ permanent marker/ closet bar mounts (2 sets)/ pipe cutter/ screwdriver/ small galvanized buckets with handles (enough to fit width of window twice with a little room between each one)/ an awl/ potting soil/ trowel/ variety of herbs/ adhesive numbers (optional)/ craft knife (optional)

Cut the Pipe

Measure the width of your window. Subtract 1/8” to 1/4” from that measurement to account for the closet bar mounts. Use that measurement to mark the 1” conduit and cut two pieces with a pipe cutter.

Install Mounts

Determine where your bars will hang. Begin at thirds, but make adjustments as necessary depending on the height of the window, where the bottom of the pots will fall, and where the locks for the window are located. Install the closed-sided mount first with the included screws. Insert one of the cut pipes into the closed-sided mount and hold it in the open-sided half of the mount on the opposite side of the window. Use a level to make sure the pipe is even and mark the screw holes of the open-sided mount. Remove the pipe and attach the open-sided mount to the wall with the included screws. 

Make Drainage Holes

Use an awl to poke five to six small holes in the bottom of each of the galvanized buckets.

Add Soil

Add soil to the bottom of each of the buckets.

Place the Plants

Carefully remove the plants from their containers, loosen the roots slightly and place in the buckets. Use more soil to fill in around the sides and pack lightly. Raise the handle of the bucket until it is completely upright. Carefully work taller plants around the handle so half of the plant is on each side. 

Place the Plants on the Pipe

Place the pipe inside the handles of one set of plants. Carefully work it between the stems of taller plants. Install the pipe with the plants on the closet bar mounts you have installed.

Add Fun Touches

Add some fun to the front of your buckets. We used simple numbers to add a graphic element to our buckets, but you could add labels, too. Chalkboard paint could work, but be careful not to wash away your label when watering the plants. 

Finishing touches

Give the plants a good watering and take some time to distribute them evenly along the bars. 

Herb garden where you need it

By placing this simple hanging herb garden in a sunny kitchen window, you can ensure that you will have fresh herbs year-round for your cooking needs.