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.
The burlap allows the water to seep right through but this works for herbs who typically enjoy well-drained soil and arid climates.
Make one for yourself or give one away for Mother's Day or as a house warming gifts to your gardening friend. Maybe a group teacher appreciation gift. Who wouldn't love this rustic compact garden?
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Burlap Planter Supplies
Steps to Create a Herb Garden in Burlap Bags
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.
Herb Garden in a Burlap Sack
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.
P.S. I'm big on herb gardens. You may also like Growing Herbs in a Strawberry Pot or creating Hanging Herb Gardens.
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Make an Inexpensive Herb Garden in a Burlap Sack
- Burlap Planter Supplies
- Burlap Bags
- Cotton Rope
- Potting Soil
- Create a bottom for your burlap bag by gathering the corners of the bottom.
- Use a large needle and sturdy thread to sew the tips of the corners and through the bottom of the sack.
- Fold it in half and flip it inside out.
- Add some rope handles using grommets.
- Tie a double knot on the inside of the bag to secure the rope.
- Print out the word Herbs on an inkjet printer.
- Apply it to the bag and use a sharpie to fill in the graphic.
- Add old plastic nursery cells to fill the bottom of the bag.
- Add your potting soil and herbs.
What a beautiful project, Patti. I might have to try this soon! <3
Such a great project Patti. I love how it looks and I love your tip about adding the empty nursery containers to the bag. I do the same thing with my big pots to keep them from being too heavy to move. Fresh herbs are so nice to have on hand. With this project, you can have fresh herbs for cooking for a lot less expensive than the small store bought containers of fresh herbs.
This is completely adorable! What a fun gift idea. 🙂
I adore this fun gardening gift and project. It looks so rustic, I love the look of burlap and twine. My mom would love something like this. She loves having herbs close by for cooking! Such a great idea Patti!
What a CUTE idea! Burlap is such a cozy rustic material. Perfect for a mobile planter and porch decor too. How handy to find your herbs right next to the kitchen door.
Carole @ Garden Up Green
This is an awesome project Patti and I love that you choose herbs, this is perfect for Mother's day.. Placing it on a terra cotta saucer would also look neat.. Always enjoy your creativity simply awesome!
I'm so glad you like the herb garden and I love your idea to place it on a terra cotta saucer. Perfect!
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