Melissa Caughey

I recently decided to put a twist on a traditional container garden.The kids and I transformed the galvanized tub that we typically use to hold drinks at our barbecues into a beer garden! Popular plants used in beer making include hops, lavender, cilantro, mint, sweet woodruff, cardamom, ginger and berries. We took a trip to our local garden center and selected a few of our favorites. This garden not only serves as a great centerpiece for an outdoor party, it is practical too. All of the herbs can be harvested for future use in cooking and beer making. The perennial herbs, such as the hops, can also be transplanted into the ground during the early fall to provide a new crop next spring.

Supplies:

  • A planting container with drainage holes
  • Potting soil
  • Three 24-inch branches—I clipped them from the woods.
  • Three empty beer bottles with the labels removed
  • Beer garden plants—hops, lavender, mint, cardamom, sweet woodruff, ginger, lemongrass, cilantro
  • Moss
  • Garden twine
  • Hand-held garden pruners

Please see the attached gallery below for all of the how-to instructions.  Happy Planting!


Easy Steps for Planting a Beer Garden 10 photos


4 Comments About this Article

  • Holly Parper
    How beautiful!

    Posted 10 months ago

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  • Melissa Caughey
    Thank you!

    Posted 10 months ago

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  • robert stevens
    If you have never grown hops, you may be in for a surprise. If replanting then, be wary of their mature height which can reach about 15 ft easily in 3-4 years. And after a few more years, they will expand outward from the center. I have grown them on my small hop hill at home for near 15 years and believe this-they dont go away easily once they are established. The roots go deep and they continue to come back. Ok for a beer brewer like me.

    Posted 9 months ago

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  • Melissa Caughey
    Hi Robert! Oh, yes the hops have thrived in their container and I have transplanted the beer garden into a very large container to contain the roost with a trellis that is about 5 feet tall! I would love to see your hops! Will you share a photo to our Fan photos?

    Posted 9 months ago

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