Project Overview

Cooking with fresh herbs from your own garden always tastes better. This hanging window herb garden is easy to make so you can grow your favourite herbs all year round. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to smooth metal edges

When you cut metal with a hacksaw or an angle grinder, you are sometimes left with burrs on the face of the cut. A quick way to clean these up is to rub the metal along a hard, rough surface like a brick or a concrete slab. A metal file will do a better job, but this works well.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure and mark for the flanges
2 Drill the holes for the flange
3 Measure and cut the galvanised pipe
4 Secure the hangers to the wall
5 Plant the herbs in the buckets
6 Hang the buckets on the pipes
  • Step 1. Measure and mark for the flanges

    Measure and mark the desired heights for your two pipe rails. Make sure you leave enough distance between the bottom pipe and the window frame for the hanging herb bucket to fit. Hold the flanges in place on the bricks and mark the drill points with a sharpie.

  • Step 2. Drill the holes for the flange

    Drill holes into your wall for the flanges using a hammer drill with a 6mm masonry bit.

  • Step 3. Measure and cut the galvanised pipe

    Measure the width of your window to determine the length of pipe required to make the hanger. Connect two pieces of pipe together with the two-way connector. Repeat this to make the second hanger. Mark on the pipe the width of the window. Clamp the pipe to the work bench and use the hacksaw to cut the pipes to length.

  • Step 4. Secure the hangers to the wall

    Slide the flanges onto each end of the galvanised pipe. Line the flange up with the holes drilled in the wall. Tap in the masonry bolts in with your hammer and secure them with the drill.

  • Step 5. Plant the herbs in the buckets

    Now it’s time to plant the herbs in the buckets. Choose a wide variety of herbs that you like to cook with and are in season. Remove them from their containers and place them in the buckets. Top up with a good quality potting mix, then water and fertilise.

  • Step 6. Hang the buckets on the pipes

    Hang your buckets on the galvanised pipe with the butchers hooks. Make sure they are evenly spaced and remember to water the herbs regularly.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Clamps
  • Hammer drill
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Drop sheet
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Spirit level

Materials

  • 15mm x 450mm galvanised pipe x 4
  • 15mm galvanised flanges x 4
  • 112mm x 4.5mm butchers hooks x 8
  • Galvanised two-way connectors x 2
  • Masonry anchors (or hex nut bolts) x 16
  • Herb plants
  • Potting mix
  • Small galvanised buckets
  • Spray paint
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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