The Gro Project | DIY On the Fence Hanging Soup Can Herb Garden

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ve probably seen my onslaught of gardening photos. The weather has finally warmed up to an acceptable Spring temperature and it has me excited. I’ve been able to get outside and plant flowers, weed my raised bed garden and finally start growing my outdoor herbs. It’s the little things in life that cheer me and getting my hands dirty happens to be one of them.

I’ve also been busy with The Gro Project from Miracle-Gro. If you visit Miracle-Gro on Facebook you can join the growing movement with a variety of “gro something” project ideas that are fun for both kids and adults. You can let the kids create their own little Toyrarium to grow indoors or tackle something bigger like an Oragami Garden.

To help get you inspired this growing season I created my own little project that lets you recycle and reuse soup cans from your pantry and turn them into beautiful potted herbs you can hang outside on your fence.

Do It Yourself Hanging Soup Can Herb Garden

Supplies Needed

  • 6 large soup cans
  • 1 bag Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil
  • outdoor spray paint
  • painter’s tape
  • 6 mug hooks (10 lb weight )
  • 6 potted herbs

Tools Needed

  • Drill with 3/16 drill bit and 5/64 drill bit



The day before beginning this project you’ll want to remove the lid on each soup can and soak it in a sink of hot soapy water. This helps melt the glue so you can easily remove the paper labels. Set the cans on a towel to dry.


Using the drill and 3/16 drill bit, drill 3 holes into the bottom of each can. This helps with water drainage.

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Using the same drill bit, drill a single hole about a 1/4 inch from the top of the can. This is where you’ll hang the can on the hooks. If you plan to just place your cans on a table or window sill, skip this step.

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One a tarp or plastic bag, spray the outside and bottom of each can with your choice of outdoor use spray paint. Allow to dry for 12 hours.

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Wrap each can with a few strips of the painter’s tape. You can get creative with the design or simple make random strips around each can. Spray the cans with a different color of outdoor use spray paint and allow to dry for 12 hours.

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Carefully peel off the painter’s tape. Fill the cans halfway up with Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil. This is a great choice for gardeners like myself who tend to over or under water plants.

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Using the drill and the 5/64 drill bit, drill a hold into the fence where you want to hang your cans. Place each can on a mug hook and screw it into the hole you just drilled. It’s important to place the cans on the hooks BEFORE placing them on the fence or you may not be able to fit the can over the hook.

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Place your pre-grown herbs into each can and top off with just enough potting soil to fill the can.

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Water as needed and use the fresh herbs for cooking all summer long! When winter comes you can take the cans off the fence and continue growing indoors.

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This is such a simple and fun project that tastes as good as it looks. You can use the herbs all summer long and save outdoor space by hanging them on your wooden fence.


To help you get your Gro Something project started, one lucky reader will win a $250 gift card.

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  1. says

    I have several things I want to do but Id love to get plants of some sort all the way down our stone wall as well as a few planters on the back deck for more herbs.

  2. Katherine K. says

    This would be a perfect project for me and my 7 year old son! It is definitely something we can do easily on our little apartment patio and on a tight budget :) Love it!

  3. JJ Caraway says

    I want to plant some jalapeno peppers, a couple of basil plants, thyme, dill, parsley, cilantro, sage, tarragon, lemon balm, lemon grass, fennel. leeks and some asparagus. I already have bell peppers, chives, rosemary, oregano, and tomatoes plants.

  4. Rachel says

    Could use a gift card..lots of ideas running around in my head this year!

  5. amy pugmire says

    we moved in almost 2 years ago and the owners before us let the yard go. there are 3 huge garden boxes, I want to weed really good and plan a flower bed and use the other two to grow some fresh veggies

  6. Lisa Brown says

    I would like to put a stone path in my front yard through the lawn and up to the dirt bed where my flowers are.

  7. D Schmidt says

    I would really like to grow some vegetables but I have no idea how to start! My concern is bugs and whatever I grow may attract them to the yard.

  8. Jane (EJ) says

    I would love to bring my LO’s dream to fruition, she wants to grow sugar snap peas & cheery tomatoes in a fairy friendly flower garden. The area that can be planted is outside her window, she would be able to see it at will.

  9. says

    I would love to bring my LO’s dream to fruition, she wants to grow sugar snap peas & cherry tomatoes in a fairy friendly flower garden. The area that can be planted is outside her window, she would be able to see it at will.

  10. Nataly Carbonell says

    I really want to create my neighbor’s inspired little pond with a bridge on top, I think it is really cute, with all the flowers round it.

  11. Christina says

    I want to do a butterfly memorial garden! I also want to figure out a way to do my herb garden so that it produces the best (and lasts! I haven’t had much luck the past 2 years for some reason).

  12. Michelle C says

    I would like to grow some vegetables in raised beds with my kids. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  13. betty says

    I really want to start my own self sufficiency garden with all the necessities.

  14. rust says

    I have a large strawberry pot that needs to be planted with my kitchen herbs.

  15. says

    Such a cute idea! We don’t have a fence though – bummer! We’re in the process of trying to do something (ANYTHING) with our mess of a front yard. We have 2 huge oak trees in our small front yard that block sunlight AND suck all the moisture out of the ground – so it’s going to be an interesting process to get it looking decent!

  16. Harmony B says

    I don’t have specific project in mind. I have been trying to figure out the best way to hide a chain link fence.

  17. Lyn says

    I have a couple of the barrel planters out my back door that I have herbs in. Some of my favorites get dug up at the end of the season to come in for the winter.

  18. Janet W. says

    There’s so much I want to do outdoors! I’d like to line our sidewalk walkway area with Hostas. I’d also like to build a planter area so we can grow tomatoes.

  19. says

    Love the can idea, but I would love a couple free hours to get some mulching done. Totally going to make everyone eat soup this week though!

  20. Marci says

    I have always wanted to do a raised garden. I have the spot to do it, but not sure where to begin. Guess I need to start figuring it out!

  21. deb c says

    I saw a project where you use different sized clay pots and a large clay dish to create a bird bath. You paint it with any design you want.

  22. Cheryl Abdelnour says


  23. TawndaM says

    We just got one of those upside-down hanging planters for tomatoes this year… really hope it works!

  24. Lori Z. says

    I’d like to decorate our garden–add an archway and trellis–something that makes the garden feel special.

  25. Wanda McHenry says

    I’m going to plant some basil, tomatoes, jalapeno and banana peppers. They are the only things that do well for me. Last year my basil plant grew to be a humongous bush and you could smell it even in the front yard!

  26. says

    I’m planning to take out some old palm trees on the side walk and donate them to make rooms for planting vegetables. Can’t wait to get started.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  27. Carole Resnick says

    I have some left over bulbs. Soup every day for lunch. I have a VERY long fence along one side of house

  28. Carole Resnick says

    I have some left over bulbs. Soup every day for lunch. I have a VERY long fence along one side of house

  29. Cassandra Eastman says

    I would just love to plant some flowers in the front yard along the porch, and plant a tree in the yard as well!

  30. says

    I’ll be doing my raised beds again but something I have always wanted to to do is to create a tiered strawberry bed like the one my grandma used to have!

  31. Tabathia B says

    We have some orange juice bottles that we were going to recycle which would be great and some extra bug collecting containers that could be used to plant some herbs and some veggies along our gate/fence

  32. Margot C says

    I’m working already on a huge container full of succulents. I used the Miracle Gro Cactus mix and added builders sand on the top layer. it’s starting to look pretty good.

  33. Jennifer T. says

    I think it’d be fun to use a lone teapot and teacup that I have to plant something in.

  34. Amber says

    Oh my gosh, this is such a fun idea! We’d like to grow herbs, and also start a garden in the back and build a nice little fence around it.

  35. Audra Weathers says

    I’ve always wanted to do a tiered flower spot in all blue flowers. I think it would also be neat to do some planters out of old boots.

  36. rachel says

    We’re moving into a new house so there’s tons of work to be done outside! The old owners have a cactus garden but we’re in Midwest…lol

  37. kymi a says

    I really want to build a fire pit like the one featured in Home Depot’s ad this weekend. That would make a backyard look fabulous.

  38. Hanna says

    I like to plant fruit I love! We have lots of raspberry bushes, cherry trees that are only a year old and still look like sticks, and next I want to try and plant a few grape vines!

  39. says

    I’m thinking one of those wall gardens would be really cool! I’ve seen them on HGTV, where it’s like a hanging net, with containers stuck thru it. It’s like a wall of green!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  40. says

    We are painting stepping stones this week. Each kid gets their own and can paint whatever they want on it. We started an edible garden a few days ago but then it decided to rain for the past 3 days so hopefully we can finish up this weekend too. :)

  41. Louis says

    thinking of a small rock garden
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  42. Vunda V says

    were actually building our first garden fence TOMORROW! i love new ideas like this

  43. Virginia Rapavi says

    we are trying to start some huge hydrangea bushes in our yard

  44. Debi H says

    We are in the process of critter proofing our garden. The squirrels ate everything last year. We built a PVC frame and covered the walls with chicken wire and the top with bird netting. When we are done, the entire thing will be enclosed.

  45. Emily says

    I love this idea. I was going to attach flower boxes to the fence to grow herbs.

  46. Mya Murphy says

    Unfortunately, I live in an apt complex that will not allow this. However, I would love to grow strawberries and tomatoes!

  47. kim s says

    I’d like to try this soup can herb garden it looks like it would be fun to do with my niece and nephew! Thank you :-)

  48. Amanda Sakovitz says

    I would absolutely love to plant my own garden and herbs. it def is the way to go!

  49. brandy g. says

    I have been wanting to do a Rose bush by my house for years but I never can keep it growing. Don’t have a green thumb.

  50. Nancy says

    I would like to start a vertical herb garden. I keep seeing all these ways to garden vertically and I am intrigued.

  51. Margaret Smith says

    I’m planning on making a herb garden, with parsley, oregano and basil. Also a veggie garden with tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, cucumber and beans.

  52. Jaque R says

    I would like to plant herbs and vegies outside…but seem unable to grow anything outside! :-( Thank you.

  53. Stephanie Larison says

    I really want to get my daughter involved this year, so I plan on planting a little garden area in the front yard. Just something easy for us to do together.

  54. ky2here says

    It’s way past time to replace the landscape timbers for our flowerbeds.

  55. April V. says

    We grow a couple of things – tomatoes, beans, peppers – but there is NO shade in our yard so I’d like to find a way to create some so that we can grow some different vegetables.

  56. Tammy S says

    We have been talking about trying to build a greenhouse this summer or next. We would like to be able to grow certain things year round. My daughter wants fresh strawberries all year. :)

  57. Kelly D says

    My husband and I have just started to create garden boxes for a vegetable garden we would like for this summer.

  58. Perri says

    Like the herb garden in soup can idea, although I already have a semi-descent herb garden. I am thinking this year that I would like to try a small raised vegetable garden. I have tried many different ways to grow my tomatoes, cucumbers and such and have only had intermittent luck. Sometimes it is just too hot all year and other times we get flooded out. $250 would go a long way toward raised beds.

  59. Sheila K. says

    I’d like to put down flagstones outside the entryways to my screened-in back patio!

  60. Sarah S says

    I would love to grow strawberries. It would be fun to put in several raised beds.

  61. Wild Orchid says

    I would love to build more square foot garden boxes.

    Entered the Rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  62. Suzanne K says

    I’m trying very hard to keep a miniature yellow rose plant alive in the dining room!

  63. Suzanne K says

    Whoops, outdoors, I’m growing 4 tomatoes and 2 cucumber plants for at least some fresh summer veggies!

  64. kelly Nicholson says

    Leave a comment and tell me about an outdoor gardening project you’d like to do.

    my mini peach tree died a few years to get another one

  65. Alfred Reyes says

    Actually, I just started a succulent garden, and it’s coming out beautiful!

  66. Kelly R. says

    Our lawn needs reseeded with grass seed and we have lots of landscaping that needs to be done.

  67. Carmen says

    I want to start long-term growing projects like blueberry bushes and asparagus.

  68. Mary Calabrese says

    We want to add some large planters in front of our house, filled with flowers.

  69. Katherine says

    I am working on a perennial garden that will have flowers in it all the time

  70. Katie Roch says

    I would love to find a trellis and plant some climbing plants to grow up into the trellis.

  71. Savannah says

    For the past two years I have been recycling used bricks to slowly finish my flowerbeds around my my porch and a small walkway. I would love to be able to finish this project with larger stepping stones and azaleas.

  72. Jennifer says

    we just moved in last winter, and I have been clearing out the yard! It is only dirt now and I have so many ideas for gorgeous flowers, grass and veggies!

  73. elven johnson says

    I’d like to redo grandma’s flowerbed with old bowling balls & pins.

  74. kathleen says

    i would like to double the size of my raised vegetable garden and buy a compost bin

  75. Diane Sallans says

    I have several areas around my house that need some plantings and I like to get some perennial flowering plants.

  76. penny arsenault says

    just learning about growing my own herbs, want to find articles like this to help me along, love the soup can idea!

  77. Deb C says

    I would like to build a couple of the vertical planters for myself and for my Mom.

  78. sarah says

    My early spring seeds are already sprouting. Next, we will be building a second raised garden bed for veggie plants that go in next month.

  79. Maria Iemma says

    I would like to plant tomato plants in the backyard…in order to do so I have to clear a lot of brush but I am committed to do it this spring.

  80. Katie K says

    I’m close to trying to replant some palms that have sprouted up in my edible garden area

  81. Bridget Vanover says

    I’ve been wanting to do a hanging succulent garden. I’ve seen some that are absolutely gorgeous!

  82. Kathleen Downes says

    I’m going to use a plastic kiddie pool as a garden this year. We live in an apartment with a small patio and this will fit perfectly. I’m going to plant tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.

  83. sarah cool says

    I moved recently and i would love to plant some heirloom tomatoes in these giant pots i have but i need to paint them and make them look pretty! Right now they are like a navy blue and look very out of place

  84. Eric Risner says

    We just moved into new house, and I am working on our garden. Would love to plant some veggies, fruits.

  85. Sheila Hickmon says

    i would just like to start a garden!! We have been wanting to start one all winter, and finally getting everything we need. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and a few peppers for now.
    What a cute idea, my kids would love that!

  86. Ellie W says

    I would love to start a small garden and grow some tomatoes, peppers, and carrots.

  87. Geoff K says

    I’d love to add a trellis with hanging plants and a bigger herb garden to our backyard!

  88. tina page says

    i grow a garden every summer with tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squashes, pumpkins…i can’t wait to get out there and start digging!

  89. Kari Flores says

    I have this area behind my shed of which I want to make a cobblestone path and plant blackberry and raspberry bushes along the edges.

  90. kathy pease says

    I like to make compost in a large wire bin to help my plants grow better

  91. laurie says

    i want to have a flower garden this year in a raised bed, this would help me do that

  92. Leslie L. Stanziani says

    I just started my first vegetable garden but now want an herb garden and a compost setup.

  93. Susan Smith says

    I want to build a raised garden bed and grow tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce

  94. Allison Downes says

    I would like to grow a herb garden as well as a fruit and veggie garden!

    thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  95. Pauline M says

    I live in a condo and only have a deck, but I love to spruce it up every spring with some awesome color. One project I would love to try though is the wall of flowers that I’ve seen in a few commercials lately. It would make my deck perfect!

  96. Jennifer Reed says

    I always plant colorful annuals in my pots in my front yard but this year I am looking for ideas on adding some height to the pots.

  97. Webb Wassmer says

    We’d like to start a garden. We had one at the old house, but haven’t gotten around to putting one in at the new house yet.

  98. Mary Beth Elderton says

    We have just moved into a new (older) home and have a lot of work yet to do inside. However…next year I will be planting berries, fruit trees, onion, and garlic! After some years of apartment hopping, it will be great to get outside again!

  99. sheila ressel says

    I’m going to plant areca palms across my back fence. I saw this all over in Ft.Myers, FL and fell in love with the idea. Plus, it will hide my ugly fence.

  100. Carolyn says

    I live in an apartment and my balcony doesn’t get much sunlight, but I’m trying to grow some Basil and Cilantro in pots. We’ll see how it goes!

  101. Adrienne M says

    I just bought a new home and my first project is to start a garden! This would be perfect to make my garden to be.

  102. carol lewis says

    I would love to grow some tomatoes that actually grow. Usually we just get huge plants and no tomatoes.

  103. susan smoaks says

    We have started eating more healthy. I would love to plant a garden with bell peppers, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes!

  104. Stephanie G says

    I’d love to get some flower planters for the front yard and prepare a bed in the backyard to grow vegetables and herbs!

  105. Sarah Hall says

    I have a small garden right outside my back door where I plant a couple of tomato plants, some onions and cucumbers. It’s a lot of fun to play in the dirt.

  106. Lorena Keech says

    Because we have only shade, I’m trying to come up with potted plants that can thrive in that environment.

  107. Michelle W says

    I would love to plant a veggie garden, just have to figure out a way to keep my dogs out of it

  108. Virginia Rowell says

    I really want to try my hand at an herb garden. I have tomatoes growing right now and I’m working on some peppers. I’m really getting into it and I want to grow a lot of my own food.

  109. shirley zolenski says

    I would like vines to grow up a small trellis on the side of my home

  110. lisa lo says

    Everything came up but the Marigolds in my garden. I’d like to have those flowers.

  111. meme says

    I would love to get some planters for my deck for a herb garden and a few hanging tomato plants

  112. Vicki D. says

    I would like to build a fence around my garden. Something ate off a lot of my tomatoes last year.

  113. Crystal F says

    There’s a Home Depot commercial wtih a couple doing landscaping in the front of their house. They do something with pots and wire fencing and the final result is beautiful. I would love to be able to do something like that. thank you!

  114. Beverly Metcalf says

    A herb garden would be nice and I really like your idea. This spring I’ve been redoing my perennial garden. Thanks for this contest!

  115. Lori L. says

    I want to do some container gardening this summer. These herbs in soup cans would go perfectly with my tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets!

  116. gretchen lucas says

    I would love a nice strawberry patch I have to fence it in,as my farm cats love the plants!

  117. Amy Lynn Swiatczak says

    I want to grow dark pink tulips. They are my favorite flower.

  118. Sandy says

    I’ve been wanting to plant a garden with fruits and veggies and all sorts of plants and flowers. My grandfather used to have one and it was beautiful as well as resourceful. I’d also love to try the Soup Can Herb Garden, it looks awesome!

  119. Rachel - Fence Installer says

    Best use for a fence outside of it’s use for privacy. The cans/garden add a unique aspect to the fence that I’ve rarely seen before. Great idea! Thanks for posting.