Ikea Hack: Balcony Herb Garden

When you live in a city, space is at a premium. I suppose Angelenos might have a little more space to move around than our Yankee friends, but we all have to work with what we’ve got, until we move to the valley and trade in our balconies and hip corner bars for patches of grass and dirty liquor stores.  Ahhh, The American Dream! So until I till my own land and tend to the rabbits, I cooked up this little Ikea hack and planted a luscious balcony garden! Say goodbye to herbs slowly rotting away in their produce bags. Yes, I am now the proud owner of a thriving herb and lime colony!  I’ve got herb-y salads and sauces on repeat around here. And it makes such a happy cocktail spot! Our lime tree has yet to produce a lime, but you bet your buttons that when it does I’m having you over for margaritas!

balcony herb garden wide

 

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This project will cost around $50 for the herb wall and around $100 if you want to spring for the dwarf citrus tree.  Here’s a shopping list!

Home Depot:

1. A handsome trellis ($15)

2. Plastic rectangular planter ($10)

3. Potting soil ($4)

4. Dwarf citrus tree. ($25)

Ikea:

1. condiment stand ($16.99)

2. flatware caddies ($6.99)

3. s-hooks for ($0.99) (If I was feeling more ambitious I would have sprayed the hooks black but I’ll leave that up to you!)

4. Plant pot ($19.99)

Trader Joe’s:

1. Potted herbs ($14) I used Dill, Basil, Lemon Verbena, Mint & Cilantro.

(Update:  I eaten and/or killed most of the plants featured in this post.)