Simple Raised Herb Garden

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About: mechanical engineer, DIY hobbyist.

This is an easy to make herb garden. Total cost of materials was approximately $150 but I also had a few things at home already (staples, screws, wood glue). The plans can very easily be adjusted. The wood I purchased from Lowe's was already pre-cut into lengths.

*Please do the staining in a well ventilated area as the fumes can be overwhelming.

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Step 1: Materials

Tools and Materials:

  • (6) 6"x2'x3/4" wood (I used oak)
  • (6) 6"x3'x3/4" wood (oak)
  • (8) 4"x2'x3/4" legs (oak)
  • Wood for upper ledge
  • clamp
  • spacer (I used a paint stir)
  • wood glue
  • Pre-stain (optional)
  • wood stain
  • polyurethane (optional)
  • Coarse thread 1.25" screws (i used a 1" but needed larger)
  • kreg jig
  • impact wrench or driver
  • landscaping fabric
  • staple gun

Step 2: Legs

1. Using the kreg jig, create (3) evenly spaced pocket holes in (4) of the legs. It may be best to practice on some scrap wood to understand how to best use the kreg jig.

2. Add a thin bead of wood glue down the thickness edge of the leg directly in front of the predrilled holes.

3. Holding the leg in to place, drill screws through pocket holes into the opposing leg.

Step 3: Connecting 2 Legs

1. Add wood glue across the upper 5" of the leg and evenly place one of the 2' sections in place. Use the 1.25" screws to attached the legs to the cross member.

2. Before adding the next cross member, place a spacer (I used a paint stir) at the bottom of the last cross member.

3. Align the next cross member against the spacer and secure to the legs with screws.

4. Repeat steps 1 - 3.

5. Repeat for opposing side panel.

Step 4: Connecting Panels

1. Place the (2) side panels on their side, add wood glue to the top section, and secure with screws.

2. Before adding the next cross member, place a spacer (I used a paint stir) at the bottom of the last cross member.
3. Align the next cross member against the spacer and secure to the legs with screws.

4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 for the remaining cross members.

5. Repeat for the opposing panel.

Step 5: Top Ledge

1. Measure and cut 4"x3/4" wood to create a ledge.

2. Either cut at a 45 deg angle or butt ends together along top edge of garden box.

3. Secure the top edge using screws.

Step 6: Stain

*Perform in a well ventilated area; typically outdoors.

1. Optional step. Follow the Pre-stain instructions to ensure a clean stain finish.

2. I favor Minwax stains. Excellent selection for various colors. I switched from the light colored stain (pictured in the materials) to a darker 'Mission Oak' stain because the lighter stain would not even show up on the wood.

3. Optional step. After stain dries, add urethane coating to protect your project from the environmental elements (sun, rain, etc). I ended up using the poly-stain which is a combination of stain and polyurethane; 2 in 1 step!

Step 7: Fabric Lining

1. Using landscaping fabric and a staple gun, secure the edge of the landscape fabric just under the top edge of the herb garden.

2. Staple approximately 4"-6" down inside the garden box.

3. Pull fabric straight across the box at an even height (4"-6" under top edge) and staple just under the top edge.

4. Staple the side edges of fabric under the top edge of the box.

Step 8: Paint HERBS!

1. Fill with gardening soil from your local hardware store and plant any herbs you would like.

2. Water herbs, place in sunny area, and let them grow!

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    fran=1

    Question 5 months ago

    what did you use on the inside to preserve the wood?or did you use anything at all.

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    JonM19fran=1

    Answer 5 months ago

    I need to go back and stain the inside. I had promised my wife the garden for too long and didn’t get around to it. The Polystain will work great since the polyurethane in the mix will be a great protectant.

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    KonaGirl1961

    5 months ago

    I think I’ll try this with a bit of modifications to use as a base for a glass table. I’ll post picture if it gets completed and is worthy!

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    5 months ago

    Such a lovely garden planter :)
    So the fabric and staples are holding up the soil? Does that hold up pretty well over time?

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    JonM19Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 5 months ago

    yes the staples into the fabric are holding up the soil. I ended up doing 2 layers of fabric after stapling the 1st layer in so its stronger. Seems to hold up well.

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    lejiiiJonM19

    Reply 5 months ago

    looks nice! just wondering how long you have had it up? would the fabric need to be replaced after a year or 2? I have not had too much luck with it lasting in the garden past one season, but that is surface use to keep weeds out of the tomatoes...

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    JonM19lejiii

    Reply 5 months ago

    I’ve only had it up for about a month so I’m not sure how well the fabric will hold up. I know they sell different grades (quality) of fabric so that might play a little bit of a role in the longevity. Though the fabric could easily be replaced each year since it is only a few inches of soil and the soil should be replaced each year too.

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    lejiiiJonM19

    Reply 5 months ago

    cool! thanks for the quick reply. Have a great day.

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    audreyobscura

    6 months ago

    This came out great! Thanks for another reason for me to buy a pocket hole jig!