There is nothing more satisfying then growing, harvesting and using your own herbs.

Fresh herbs from your garden are a powerful and aromatic addition to your cuisine as well as your medicine cabinet. You can make crafts, homemade cleaning supplies and so much more when you have fresh herbs right outside your back door.

You don’t have to be a carpenter or a master gardener to create a practical and attractive raised bed that is perfect for growing all of your favorites. This simple design makes planting, caring for and harvesting your herbs a snap.

Supplies

  • Measuring tape
  • Twine
  • 4 pieces of 12-by-1-inch lumber (untreated pine is best)
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Rubber Mallet
  • 4 wooden stake with pointed end, 24 inches long
  • Landscape fabric
  • Scissors
  • Finely crushed gravel
  • Potting medium
  • Herbs

Instructions

  1. Since most herbs require sun to do their best, pick a level spot for your raised bed that receives afternoon sun.
  2. Use some twine to outline the basic shape of the bed on the ground.
  3. Measure your twine so that you know how much lumber to buy. A good size herb bed is 2 feet wide and 6 feet long but you can custom build it to suit your needs and available space.
  4. Purchase and/or cut your wood to suit.
  5. Place the longer pieces of wood perpendicular to a shorter piece so that it forms an “L” shape.
  6. Use 2 or 3 nails to hammer the pieces together and repeat on the other side.
  7. Cut a piece of landscape fabric a little larger than your raised bed.
  8. Place the fabric on the ground and set the raised bed frame on top. This will help keep the weeds at bay.
  9. Pound the wooden stakes into the ground at each corner using a rubber mallet. This will help secure the bed.
  10. Place a shallow layer of crushed gravel on top of the landscape fabric. This will help with drainage.
  11. Fill the bed to within 1 inch of the top with high quality potting medium. An organic composition  that include compost and peat moss is best.
  12. Plant a variety of herbs leaving ample space between for growth. Good choices include thyme, oregano, chives, basil, parsley and cilantro.

Note: If you wish to plant mint place it in a bucket first to contain its roots as it takes over very quickly.