Make an inexpensive herb garden in a burlap sack. Enjoy the rustic, quick draining quality of burlap to grow a kitchen herb garden all season long.
This is the perfect portable gift for those who like gardening and cooking. It can be set near a door for easy access, so you can snip what you need quickly, even if it’s raining outside. Today’s theme for Tuesdays in the Garden is Mother’s Day garden-themed gifts and I hope you will enjoy this one. I’m big on herb a gardens. You can also check out Herbs in a Strawberry Pot and Hanging Herb Gardens.
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To create a bottom simply gather the corners of the bottom of your burlap bag.
Using a large needle and sturdy thread, (I used a thin twine), sew the tips of the corners and through the bottom of the sack.
Next, because this particular bag was so long, I folded it in half and then flipped it inside out.
To add some rope handles use grommets to give the bag a nice look, and to hold the cotton roping.
I tied a double knot on the inside of the bag to secure the rope.
Note: When this project was complete I realized that the handles were not strong enough to lift the bag properly, however, they do look pretty.
For an added look, you can print out the word Herbs on an inkjet printer and apply it to the bag.
It came out pretty light when placed on the burlap.
I used a sharpie to fill in the graphic.
You are welcome to use this one. Simply right click to save, copy or print. If you create your own don’t forget (like I often do,) to reverse the letters in a mirror image. I use wax paper taped to a piece of card stock that I run through an inkjet. The ink sits on top of the wax, and then you can flip it over and press it onto your burlap, wood or other material.
Even with the bag folded over this was still a large container so I added a bunch of old plastic nursery cells to fill in the bottom of the bag.
The herbs I purchased came in these pretty biodegradable pots.
They will break down, but I personally like to remove them before planting.
I chose thyme, chives, oregano, flat-leaf parsley and cilantro because they are popular for cooking.
Basil would be another great cooking herb, but it is a little too early here to plant basil which hates the cold weather. I may consider switching out the cilantro, which hates the hot weather, with basil down the road.
Herb Garden in a Burlap Sack
It’s perfect for a small space, even a balcony. The burlap allows the water to seep right through but this works for herbs who typically enjoy well drained soil and arid climates. I think any mom who enjoys gardening or loves to cook with fresh herbs would love an herb garden in a burlap sack.
For more Mother’s Day gift inspiration see what my other gardening friends are making:
Windowsill Mason Jar Herb Garden @ Frugal Family Home
Mother’s Day Gifts for Gardeners @ Simplify Live Love
DIY Gardener’s Hand Cream @ An Oregon Cottage
Container Gardening Tips @ Homemade Food Junkie
Great Gifts for the Gardener @ The Freckled Rose
Kid Friendly Happy Earth Day @ Creative Living with Bren Haas