Turn a vegetable rack into a herb garden

DIY expert Misi Overturf shows how to turn an old vegetable rack into a vertical garden ideal for a kitchen courtyard or small patio

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veggie rack


veggie rack before


What you need

  • Old three-tiered wire vegetable rack
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in duck-egg blue
  • Paintbrush
  • Moss (soaked in a bucket of water)
  • Landscaping cloth
  • Scissors
  • Potting soil
  • Herbs and lettuce

What to do

  1. Sand the vegetable rack lightly to get rid of rust and roughness.veggie-rack-before
  2. Wash with soapy water and leave to dry.
  3. Paint the tray with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (no need for primer). Alternatively, you could use a water-based enamel. Two to three light coats should be sufficient to cover the mesh completely.
  4. Line each tray with the wet moss.veggie-rack-diy / vegetable rack diy project
  5. Cut the landscaping cloth using the scissors so that it fits snugly into each tray.
  6. Fill the lined trays with the potting soil.
  7. Plant the herbs and lettuce, water them and leave to settle.’

This project came from “From trash to treasure: 50 Upcycling projects,” by Misi Overturf (Human & Rosseau)