DIY Deck / herb garden using wine boxes

I have wanted a garden for EVER!  We have tried in the past, without much luck.  You’d think that because we live so close to the ocean there wouldn’t be a lot of critters…WRONG!   Even with a chicken-wired-top on our raised beds, those veggie-lovin’ critters would find their way in {clever lil’ suckers!!!}.
My husband was so annoyed because he worked his butt off for our garden {picture Bill Murray in Caddy Shack with the gophers for those even old enough to remember that movie!}.
Anyway, Michael basically refused to try again and I can’t-say-that-I-blame-him!
So, I decided on a deck garden this summer.  Personally, I know I wouldn’t be able to handle anything too big either.  I mean, I’m not even sure what a weed looks like, so little is just fine with this North East Yankee gal!
We had several wooden wine boxes we have saved over the years…{okay, maybe not “years”, but don’t judge, we totally appreciate a good wine!}.  I thought the wine boxes would make perfect lil’ “raised beds” for our garden.
I didn’t start from seed with ANYTHING.  I bought my veggies and herbs at Lowes and Wally World {yup, Walmart!}.
So here’s what we have….cayenne peppers, baby cukes, patio tomatoes, basil, thyme, chives, cilantro, sage, parsley and a few more I’m forgetting!
I envision delicious meals made using our herbs and veggies, and I can’t wait!
I stamped some garden markers using vintage silverware and stuck ’em in the soil.  I love how they look next to my little plants.  I have some garden makers for sale on Etsy if you’re interested!

I will keep you posted, wish us luck!

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47 thoughts on “DIY Deck / herb garden using wine boxes

  1. Michelle, I love this! What a great idea and it looks amazing. I really like the fork… {adorable} I'd love for you to share this at my Thursday link party today. Great job!

  2. Michelle, could you relink your utensils today at my party… I would love to future you on my blog next week. Oh my gosh I am in love with them.

  3. K… I'm back I just want to let you know that I pin them as "my favorite things" at Pinterest. BeYOUtiful!

  4. I love the wine boxes just as they are but they are definitely improved with your plants in them. And the stamped silverware, what a unique and beautiful idea! I found you on The 36th Avenue's Let's Party # 5 list. Creative people inspire me and this project is an example so I decided to follow you to see what else you will do. I hope you will follow me back I can be found in facebook too and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

  5. Michelle,

    I just want to let you know that I featured your silverware at my blog. I hope to see you at the link party tonight @ 6:00pm. Thanks for sharing such a YOU-nique project 😉

  6. Your tomatoes will get a lot bigger! You might consider getting them their own box and making it a little deeper! I also made this mistake!  But your herb boxes are cute!

  7. My Husband and I are going to attempt this this weekend…are the boxes fectinished in anything to prot them from the weather/water damage? Or did you line them with anything prior to putting the soil in? Thanks so much!

    1. Nope, didn’t line them at all and they have been fine. As a matter of fact, they are replanted on our deck again this year. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Hi Michelle,

        Just came across this on Pinterest. I actually have a bunch of wooden wine boxes I’ve been thinking about planting flowers/herbs in, but had the same worry as Katy – it now being a year later – are your boxes still in good shape? Or did any weather/water damage set in? I’m not sure if I should line mine with plastic, or just treat them before planting?

    1. Thanks Syliva! I have metal alphabet and number stamps I purchased at a bead store a while back. Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  8. I just saw this awesome idea on Pinterest and was JUST thinking about this idea by using pallets sitting on a table so that it wouldn’t mess up the grass at our rental. If I could find some of these I would totally do this way instead. LOVE it!!!!

    1. Oh thank you ! I got them from some wine my husband and I used to buy years ago, but I believe you can go to any Liquor type store and ask them for some. Look around locally, you may be pleasantly surprised!

  9. THIS is AMAZING!…thanks so much for the wonderful idea! (I’m a North East Yankee Girl it is absolutely perfect!)

  10. I love repurposing old crates and boxes into planters for herbs and flowers. We get different vintage boxes and crates in all the time and they are usually purchased to be used as planters or for neat looking storage boxes to be placed on shelves or mantles.

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  12. I’m SO glad I found this!  I just moved into an apartment and had to leave my small country garden behind, but now I shall plant herbs in the wi e boxes I have on my small patio!  Yay!!

  13. This is so cool…I too am new to gardening and yet not new to life and this is great….I am planning square foot gardening and this looks interesting….thanks

  14. This is an outstanding idea! I’ve had back surgery twice in the last six years and have not been able to have a garden since 2008. We tried all sorts of ideas for raised beds, but I just couldn’t take all the bending and twisting. My husband is a truck driver so I’m basically by myself a lot. When he gets home this weekend we are gonna start searching for wine boxes. And I want to put them atop our old picnic table. I try just a few plants this year. If it works I’m going whole hog next year! I can’t tell you how grateful I am to come across your idea. Thank you so very much!

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