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Make a Wine Box Herb Garden Fit for a Connoisseur

A beautiful mix of aromatic herbs planted in a wooden wine box makes for a perfect small-space kitchen garden for those who love to cook and entertain. A wood wine shipping crate is just the right shape and size to grow a culinary herb garden on a balcony, deck, patio, or even set right in the entertaining space. With a few structural modifications, this wine box herb garden will be set up to last the test of time and allow the plants within to thrive.How to Make a Wood Wine Box Herb Garden

Plant a mix of herbs and vegetables that grow well together in the same conditions and that can be used to spice up a summer wine tasting.Planting a Wood Wine Box Herb Garden

Disclosure: this project was sponsored by Burpee Home Gardens, who also provided me with the plants for this project. I used a combination of herbs and vegetables that do well in the hot sun so that I can leave the planter box on my sunny deck, where I often entertain (and drink wine). The project instructions and opinions are my own. 

The plants I used in the project all came from Home Depot. They had many racks filled with lush herbs in both the Burpee Home Gardens Organics and Burpee Home Gardens lines. For this project, I chose lavender, thyme, basil, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, parsley, and ‘Lemon Dream’ peppers.Burpee Home Gardens Herbs

The container is packed tightly with a variety of different aromatic herbs so that I can harvest them frequently throughout the growing season. Different textures and heights add to the interest of the arrangement even though they are all the same shade of green. The flowering lavender and colorful yellow peppers add even more variation, making this planter as beautiful as it is tasty.

Make a DIY Wine Box Herb Garden

How to Make a Wine Box Herb Garden

I found a bunch of wine crates for sale on Craigslist, but you can also contact wine stores, wineries, and restaurants to find crates in your area. To make a wine crate suitable to last as a garden bed it needs a few adjustments.


  • Large wine crate
  • Hair dryer (if needed)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Clear spar urethane
  • Plastic sheet
  • Outdoor silicone sealer
  • Staple gun
  • Container soil mix
  • Burpee Home Gardens herbs and vegetables

Make it!

Prepare the outside of the wine box by removing any shipping stickers that might be attached. The easiest way to do this is to use a hair dryer to heat up and melt the glue before slowly peeling the sticker off. Any residue that cannot be removed can be sanded off.

Fill the joints and any cracks with wood glue to ensure that the structure holds together when it’s filled with heavy soil. If necessary, use a couple of screws to further secure the joints.

Sand the outside of the box to smooth the surface. Just be careful not to sand so much that you remove the lettering.

Use a clear sealer stain to protect the color of the outside of the box. Allow the sealer to dry for 24 hours before preparing the inside of the box.Wood Wine Box Garden

To create a waterproof planting bed, line the inside of the box with a sheet of plastic.

If you’re going to use the wine box outdoors you’ll need to add drainage holes through the plastic and wood, and silicone sealer to make them water tight.

Create a few circles of silicone sealer where you want your drainage holes in the bottom of the box. Place the sheet of plastic on top of the sealer before it dries and press the plastic onto the sealer so that it adheres together.How to Make a Wood Wine Crate Herb Garden

Using an electric drill, make holes in the center of the silicone circles, going through the plastic and the wood.How to Make a Wood Wine Crate Herb Garden

Use a staple gun to attach the rest of the plastic to the inside sides of the box about an inch down from the top.How to Make a Wood Wine Crate Herb Garden

Lay a piece of landscape fabric along the bottom to cover the drainage holes and prevent soil from coming through the holes when watered.

Fill the box with a good quality container garden soil and add the herbs.Planting a Wine Box Herb Garden

Water the garden well and set it in a sunny area to let the herbs grow and fill in.How to Make a Wood Wine Crate Herb Garden

Add an extra special touch to this wine box garden by labeling each of the plants using a wine cork, permanent marker, and a bamboo skewer.Wine Cork Plant Labels

The wine box garden is now ready for some summer entertaining.How to Make a Wood Wine Shipping Crate Herb Garden

Why not throw an herb garden wine tasting party?How to Make a Wood Wine Crate Garden

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Mary Coakley
    Mary CoakleyJuly 5,17

    Thank you Stephanie this is great you have all your herbs in one place I love the way you used the wine cork for names.Will be planting my herbs this way in future as little space is needed

  2. Tess Mickelsen
    Tess MickelsenJuly 5,17

    Wow what a great idea! I love it! I currently have a good sized herb garden in the ground, but am thinking this might work inside in the off-season? What do you think? I have never had a lot of luck growing herbs inside all winter, but would love a way to do so.

  3. Tess Mickelsen
    Tess MickelsenJuly 5,17

    thank you Stephanie!

  4. fortunerhome
    fortunerhomeJuly 6,17

    Smart ideas make your garden more beautiful

  5. Pandoraflora
    PandorafloraJuly 8,17

    This is just amazing, we surely will do some like this to put in the balcony of our apartament. I never thought that these box wines could get so nice with plants inside.

  6. intabe
    intabeJuly 18,17

    What a cute idea that you use wine cork for names! I love it! Thank you for sharing!!! Gonna save the wine cork to try it!

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