How to Set Up a Kitchen Spice and Herb Wall

herbs growing on a wall mounted rack

If you like to cook, you may want to set up your own herb and spice garden. Depending on the climate you live in, you may even want to create a vertical herb garden right on a wall in your kitchen.

This has a few added benefits as well such as convenient access and a year-round growing cycle. Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating your kitchen spice and herb wall.

Spices and Herbs to Consider

Herbs that grow well indoors include basil, chives, dill, oregano, and mint.

Basil needs to be in a bright, sunny area within your kitchen. The plant does especially well near south-facing windows. Oregano also needs to be in an area with full sun.

Chives, on the other hand, grow well both in environments with full sun and with partial shade so where you place them has more flexibility. Dill can also grow in full sun or partial shade.

Mint is also a great option of an herb to grow indoors. The plant has a great smell and ensures you the ability to make fresh mojitos whenever you have guests.

Where to Buy

rosemary growing in a pot on a kitchen wall

Online stores like Amazon and Wayfair have a large number of herb and spice walls you can purchase for your kitchen. You can also purchase them at home and gardening stores.

Placement

Before you purchase an herb and spice wall, make sure you measure your space to ensure that the wall you purchase will actually fit. You could alternatively custom make a herb wall to fit the space perfectly.

Make sure you are using a wall that gets frequent sunlight. Without sunlight, you will have to take on the much more complicated task of setting up artificial lights—or greatly limit your options of what you can grow. Some plants, however, do better without constant sunlight and are definitely worth considering for your herb and spice wall if its location only gets limited sunlight.

Water

Make sure to water your herbs the correct amount. Different plants require different amounts of water to thrive, so make sure you are giving yours what it needs. Generally speaking, you should wait until the top of the soil is dry before watering it again. If you are letting your kids water the plants, make clear to them that overwatering can actually kill the plants.

Drain

All that water needs to go somewhere so make sure your herbs are able to drain. You can do so by getting soil marketed for its draining abilities or adding something like sand in the mixture.

Fertilize

Different plants have different recommendations when it comes to fertilizing. Make sure you are using the right one for your specific herbs.

Small Garden

three wall mounted planters with herbs

While many wall herb gardens you see online may be quite large, you can actually build smaller—as well as larger ones—yourself. One way to do so is by upcycling an old baking tin or cake pan.

Grab a plastic sheet to cover around half the tin. Use gorilla glue or a strong epoxy to glue the plastic sheet to the tin or pan. Make sure you have a good seal or water and soil can leak.

Put soil that will drain well behind the plastic tin, then plant the herbs. The resulting "planter" can be hung on your wall or lean against the wall in your kitchen for an adorable and practical mini herb garden.

You could also use this method on repeat to create a larger garden. Just make sure you are putting the plants in an area that gets sunlight.

Larger Garden

If you want to create a larger herb garden but don't want to buy a pre-made one, there are a lot of ways to accomplish your goal. One of the easiest ways to create a wall garden is to hang support rods.

Make sure to space them out to leave enough room for the plants. Then hang pots from the rod. Each pot can be for a different herb. Make sure to take note of which herbs are in which pot and what you need to do to take care of each one.