Spring is coming soon and I am excited to start planting flowers and vegetables. I’m hoping all the recent snow has the ground good and ready!
I’m sure you have seen many of these ladder gardens on Pinterest among many other great ideas for DIY planters and small garden beds. After seeing so much inspiration, I decided to take this rickety old ladder and turn it into a beautiful ladder herb garden to place right by my backdoor.
This ladder belonged to my Grandfather and he gave it to me years ago for another DIY project I had in mind, but instead it sat against the wall in our shed for a few years. We used it a few times but it really wasn’t sturdy and safe to stand on.
I decided to find pots and planters to fit the ladder before I started painting. I found a Deck Box Planter that would fit right over the bottom step securely, and because I needed more space for planting the rosemary…which is essential in my herb garden! I picked up a few other pots at my local garden center and found a hanging pot to use in the open space in the back, which I later used to plant basil…another must-have for me.
After priming, I painted it with Valspar Encounter Satin spray paint. I absolutely love the color and it really stands out in front of the brick.
I decided I would use up as much space as I could and add a leftover board we had to lay across the bottom to store soil and other equipment. I used some leftover pieces of deck railing underneath the board to keep it sturdy. The Behrens Locking Lid Can seals tight to store the soil and it makes a nice place for potting. I just bought some S hooks at Lowe’s to hang my hand-held garden tools right above the can.
Here are a few more pictures of my ladder garden and a few of the decorative pieces I added to it. I know my Grandaddy would be pleased with it since it was his old ladder and he loved gardening.