This amazing garden cost $0 (but it’s worth so much!)

I really wanted rustic herb gardens near the house. So, using things I’d found and saved, I came up with the following easy-to-make herb gardens. Enjoy!

rustic herb gardens for 0 but a lot of sweat
This was a leaky horse trough–hence the owner said “take it away!” It sat in my barn until I came up with a use for it.
rustic herb gardens for 0 but a lot of sweat
I took a sawzall to the bottom portion of the trough.
rustic herb gardens for 0 but a lot of sweat
Then, I took a drill to the bottom of the smaller section which I had cut off. The holes allow for drainage.
rustic herb gardens for 0 but a lot of sweat
Flipping over the trough, I filled it with a mix of composte and dirt (make sure to throw in a few small rocks, too, to help with drainage)
rustic herb gardens for 0 but a lot of sweat
I gathered my rocks.
rustic herb gardens for 0 but a lot of sweat
I placed my rocks in what’s called a “dry stack” around the plastic tubs, covering them. This is the most time-intensive part, and some of the rocks are a bit heavy. After the mix was in the troughs, I planted herbs which I got for free from a local “Herb Festival.” (You could buy them or buy some seeds and start them yourself…)
rustic herb gardens for 0 but a lot of sweat
The large rock was already there on my lawn, and I’d just placed these in a way I found pleasing, up against the rock. Make sure to level the troughs before you place the rocks.

Materials I used for this project:

Leaky horse trough.   (At a local farm (FREE!))

Rocks   (From a local corn field (FREE!))

Herbs   (From a local “Herb Festival” (FREE!))