Grow a Vertical Herb Garden in a Shoe Organizer

Running out of garden room? This space saving gardening project will have you growing a vertical herb garden in no time! Just add herbs!

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Ever feel like you’re running out of place to put new plants? You need to start thinking “up”! This space-saving vertical herb garden uses a fabric shoe caddy to create space for plenty of plants, all in just a few vertical feet. Here’s the top 10 herbs to grow for cooking.

Materials for a Vertical Herb Garden:

  • Cloth shoe organizer
  • Potting soil or compost
  • Rod, hooks or nails for hanging
  • Herbs or plants of your choice (With all those pouches to fill, this is a good time to experiment with little-known herbs you haven’t tried before. Bonnie Plants offers a variety of herbs to choose from.)

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Decide on a location for your vertical herb garden. A fence or the side of a garage or shed are some good options. Use nails or screws to attach the caddy directly to the wall where it will hang, or use a shower curtain rod and hooks. Just make sure whatever you use will be able to support the weight of the soil, water, plants, any extra supplies and the caddy itself.

Step 2

Check the drainage of the pouches before planting by pouring in some water. If there’s not sufficient drainage in the fabric, poke a few small holes in the bottom of each pouch.

Step 3

Fill the pouches with soil or compost, but leave about an inch between the top of the pouch and the soil. Add the herbs, plants or seeds. And watch your new vertical herb garden grow!

Step 4

Optional – Make plant tags for your vertical herb garden:

  • Round up some fabric scraps, ultra-firm stabilizer and iron-on adhesive.
  • Adhere the stabilizer to the middle of the fabric (leave enough fabric around the edges to fold over) using an iron and the adhesive. Cut triangles out of the corners so you can make a nice fold. Attach the flaps with iron-on adhesive.
  • Attach a piece of canvas or other heavy cloth to the front of the tag so you can label it. Use a permanent marker to write the plant name.

Kirsten Schrader
Kirsten has more than 15 years of experience writing and editing birding and gardening content. As content director of Birds & Blooms, she leads the team of editors and freelance writers sharing tried-and-true advice for nature enthusiasts who love to garden and feed birds in their backyards. Since joining Birds & Blooms 17 years ago, Kirsten has held roles in digital and print, editing direct-to-consumer books, running as many as five magazines at a time, and managing special interest publications. Kirsten has traveled to see amazing North American birds and attended various festivals, including the Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Rio Grande Bird Festival, The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival, and the Cape May Spring Festival. She has also witnessed the epic sandhill crane migration while on a photography workshop trip to Colorado. Kirsten has participated in several GardenComm and Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conferences and is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. When she's not researching, writing, and editing all things birding and gardening, Kirsten is enjoying the outdoors with her nature-loving family. She and her husband are slowly chipping away at making their small acreage the backyard of their dreams.