Turn a Stump Into a Natural Herb Garden




Take an old rotting stump and turn it into a beautiful natural herb garden!

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Step 1: What You Need and Finding Your Stump

Materials needed:

1. Stump

2. Hand axe, crowbar or other tool for cleaning out center of stump

3. Seeds

4. Compost or potting soil

You can either find a stump on your land (or friend and family's land) or you can cut one from a down tree. This stump's middle is starting to rot making is soft and easy to clean out. You can use a stump that is not rotting but cleaning out the center will be a little more work.

Step 2: Clean Out Your Stump

Using our axe, crowbar or other digging tool beginning chipping away at the center of your stump. When cleaning out the stump make sure to not get to close to the edges, you don't want to make a hole in the side of your stump. This stump was rotting and soft enough to just chip at with a crowbar. Most of the center crumbled and fell out. Harder spots needed an hand axe to remove them. The crumbled rotting center is perfect for mixing into your compost or potting soil to help feed your herbs!

Step 3: Fill With Soil and Seeds

Once you have the center of our stump cleaned out fill it back in with your soil/compost. Plant your seeds (or herb plant) and water.

Step 4: Enjoy

Now you have a beautiful natural planter for your herb garden. You can place the stump wherever you would like in your yard and enjoy your fresh herbs!

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    2 years ago

    The only issue with this is that rotting wood absorbs nitrogen so you'll have insure that you keep an eye on the fertilizers to ensure good growth


    2 years ago

    A neighbor used a hole saw to make multiple pockets for flowers. His stump was awesome!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you! I didn't want to spend a much of money on pots for a container garden for my herbs but we had some stumps on the property so I figured I would give them a try. :-)