Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WAGON WHEEL HERB GARDEN


Wagon Wheel
I found these pictures online once upon a time and it's something I've always wanted to do, hoped to do it in the city, but with no grass, I don't think it would quite work out, ha.  

You simply start with an old wagon wheel.  I know, I know, where DO you find one of THOSE?  Craigslist maybe?  Some small town thrift store?

Once you have one, lay it down on the ground where you want your herb garden to be.  If necessary, you can remove spokes to create bigger spaces. 


Wagon Wheel Herb Garden up close, photo origin unknown
Then you dig out the grass, if you are laying it on grass of course.  Or dig out the dirt or whatever is under the soon to be planting area.

Lay the wheel down, and you're done!  Simple as that. 

Wagon Wheel Herb Garden, photo origin unknown
Just plant your favorite herbs in each "section" and you've got not only a perfectly laid out herb garden, but a great conversation piece as well.  It's hard to tell in this picture, but it really does look pretty cool when you're done.  It's a bit more "formal" than just a free form garden, but for a courtyard or small space, it's a great solution to keep your herbs in one spot, contained, and organized.  I can't wait until we can do one ourselves.


Thanks and good luck!

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is the coolest idea ever!

1st Man said...

Thanks for commenting! Please come back and say hi!

gigi peterson said...

What a great idea. My herbs would be so jealous if they saw this. Now, I'll have to search and find something unique to contain them. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

1st Man said...

Awww, thanks for that! Yes, I love this idea. I think it's pretty neat looking. I've been looking for a wagon wheel to do my own, no luck yet, but still hoping!!

Ski Town Girl said...

Hi! I'm the publisher of Steamboat Magazine in Steamboat Springs, Colo, and we're doing a short piece on herb gardens. Would love to use a pic of your wagon wheel garden, if you have a hi-res version? Thanks, deb@steamboatmagazine.copm

1st Man said...

Wow, how exciting. I'd love to say I had more, but these were randomly sourced a few years ago on the internet. I don't know the original source. They aren't my own (haven't made ours yet). I did some googling to see if I could find them and I just find them on pinterest either repinned from me, or other blogs that also found them once upon a time.

You may credit me for anything you'd like, just whatever you want/can do. Thanks for stopping by!

I do have an idea for my own sort of version of something similar, hope to do that sometime soon.

Melissa said...

I did this in my backyard last year and it does work great! Mine didn't look quite as full so this year I probably need to add a few of each herb to the spokes

1st Man said...

I'm jealous, I want to find a wagon wheel too! I have the perfect spot for this if I can just find the wheel. Glad to hear some first hand experience. THanks for commenting!!

Kimberly said...

I have a few wagon wheels lying around our homestead. May have to try this!
Currently, currants are growing out of the wheel leaning against one of our 100 YO trees. :) Fun idea!

1st Man said...

Wow, a few? I'm so jealous, ha! I'm going to check craigslist when I get ready for that. Not sure how many of those are down here in this part of the country, but I'll make a valiant effort! ha. Let us know if you do it and how it works!

Anonymous said...

My problem is my yard is so big I never know where to start. But I do have a few wagon wheels and am going to go to the local Home depot to get this started as soon as I decide where to put it. Love the idea.

1st Man said...

I can relate! Or at least perhaps EVENTUALLY can relate, ha. Just like Kimberly above, I'm jealous of you as well...several wagon wheels? Awesome!! Let us know how it comes out. Not sure if you have a blog, since you signed as anon, but if you want me to post your photos of yours after you get done, just let me know and we'll share your excitement with the readers of the blog. Thanks again!!!

Debbie said...

What a great idea! My wagon wheel now has a new future. Thank you for sharing.

1st Man said...

Glad you liked it! I hope it comes out just like that...keep us posted. I'll live vicariously through everyone elses until I can get my own, ha.

Teresa Kline said...

this is totally cool, what of the coolest things I have ever seen...perfect for herbs!

enjoy *~*

1st Man said...

It is pretty cool huh? I am still looking for a wagon wheel, ha. I've got the spot, just need the wheel. Thanks for stopping by!!

Anonymous said...

This is very nice. Wish I had a wheel.....may be to get hubby to make one.

Eljah*B said...

Thank you for sharing. I found you through Pinterest.This is such a stunning way to create an herb garden! This year I tried to make an herb garden in raised beds, but I love the look of the wagon wheel. I shared your post with my Etsy shop fans at Eljah*B. Here is the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/EljahB/163991400290778.

I also invite you to stop by the shop:) www.eljahb.etsy.com

Thank you for providing such a create way to garden. I'm in love with gardening and hope to continue to create a magical space for myself and my family.
many blessings!

1st Man said...

What a kind thing to say, thank you!!! Isn't it a great idea? I love it! I will check out your facebook page (we have one but I haven't updated it in ages, I need to work on that). And your etsy shop is adorable (everyone go check it out!).

Thank you again, please don't be a stranger!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this:-) We get a lot of wagon wheels around this part of PA. I have them hung on the fence and house . We get ours on the side of the road (really people throw them out) and at auctions. We sell the extras at the flea market. Further south of us we went to a Memorial day Amish auction fundraiser. There were plenty of buggy wheels up for bid. Thank you for the very eye catching project!

Anonymous said...

Do not remove the spokes. That is what makes it so attractive.

Kay said...

I would be afraid it will ruin the old wagon wheel. The dirt and rain will rot the spokes and the rim will rust out.

1st Man said...

I know, plus it keeps the herbs sort of contained in their own sections.

1st Man said...

Dang, I never thought about that. I wonder if you could put some sort of (safe of course) coating on it to make it last longer?

Ruth said...

I made one of these this spring with an iron wheel.. we live in Amish country so wheels are easy to come by. Tried to post a photo but I am not sure how to post it! It was fun.... we have had a dry spring but I am guessing next spring it will look awesome! Looks pretty good for the first season.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ruth...I live in Amish country and never have seen a wheel that could be found or purchased at stands. You were lucky...My husband and I ride around this area all the time and purchase vegies, potatoes and local crafts. Please tell me where you found the wheel as we would love to use this idea....
JoAnn

Christy Snyder said...

Beautiful!!! Inspiration is a lovely thing :)

1st Man said...

Thank you for that! That's what I hope to do in some small way, with this whole blog. Thanks for the comment!! :-)

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Love it! Pinned it!

<3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
Wildly Original link party is open.

Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Wendy, and I'm stopping in from Pintrist. I've seen a couple of comments of people not having a wagon wheel to use to make this work. Why do you NEED a wagon wheel? You can repurpose cinder block, old pavers or even bricks from a demolished house. Stick something in the ground, tie a string to your shovel, and then score the ground in a circle. You can dissect the circle easily, it's like cutting a pie! Use those bricks, lawn edging plastice, or even untreated lumber to partition your sections. Your imagination is your only limitation!

1st Man said...

Thank you! I'll be popping over to check our your blog as well. :-)

1st Man said...

You are awesome, great suggestions, thank you! You are right, the wheel is cool and a great way to repurpose something unusual, but you can create a circle and divide it out just like a pie. Thank you for stopping by and thanks for the tips.

Anonymous said...

Lol, I have lots of ideas, but seldom have the time to implement them! 4 girls leaves me spinning!!! I've favorited your blog, and suggested it to another homesteader friend. Keep up the great work!!!

rmgales said...

I love this idea. I must add wagon wheel to my list when I go on my excursions this summer. Thanks for the idea.

1st Man said...

I've still be looking for one but haven't found one yet. Probably not a lot down in this part of the country. Let us know if you find one!! :-)

Diane said...

I have quite a few of the metal wheels. I bet it would be pretty to put your spring & summer flowers in it to

1st Man said...

THat would be a great use, flowers would be very pretty! Thanks for the suggestion (and we're jealous of all the ones you have, ha).

CC said...

Do you think this would work for lettuces and greens? I have a shady spot that I'm planning to plant greens in and this seems like it would be a beautiful way to sort the various kinds.

1st Man said...

Hi!! Thanks for commenting! I think it would work great for lettuces and greens. What a great idea. They grow much like herbs, and do like a bit of shade and not direct hot sunshine. It would be a neat way to separate them huh? I like it. Hope you try and will let us know! Or is that lettuce know? LOL I couldn't resist, ha.

idle1002 said...

Does anyone have any suggestions as to herbs that all grow about the same height so that the herb wagon wheel would still be visible? Thanks

Anonymous said...

What kind of herbs do you have in these containers? Most of the herbs that I want to use have growth habits that would soon take over the area provided.

1st Man said...

Sorry for the late reply to you here. The comment was on an old post and it got pushed down to the bottom of the comment list. :-( I would go with creeping varieties of herbs. There is creeping marjoram and thyme, and perhaps something like globe basil (it's a smaller version).

1st Man said...

well these aren't ours, just something we'd like to do sometime. As for type of herbs, I'd think as I mention in the comment above, something like the creeping or trailing varieties? Or maybe the people that have these just keep them trimmed more often than we'd like to, ha.

Jennifer said...

I'll put one of these on my "in search of..." list because it's Awesome!

Anonymous said...

I ran across this blog a couple of months ago and mentioned to a friend that I wanted to find a wagon wheel to make one. Yesterday I got a call that she had found me three for free. I shared one with my sister, a large carriage wheel (over 4' across) and kept the two matching 36" wagon wheels for myself. I cannot wait to get them set up and growing!