How to Build an Herb Garden Box


Gardening herbs is a rewarding hobby that will pay off most in the kitchen. Consider the possibilities of growing your own mint, parsley, oregano and dill. For those with children, flower herb gardens are a butterfly magnet. Some herbs such as mint spread vigorously, and will grow best in an herb garden box. Herb garden boxes require woodworking experience. When making a planter box, cedar should be at the top of the wood supply list because of its natural anti-fungal and anti-mold oils.

Step 1

Lay out four of the 4-by-6 cedar boards to form a square.

Step 2

Place the 2-by-2-inch boards. Set them upright inside of the square at all four corners and the center of each board.

Step 3

Secure the 4-by-6 boards to the 2-by-2 boards with wood screws. Before placing in the screws, drill a hole that is one size smaller than the wood screws. This method ensures easier screwing.

Step 4

Stack two more rows of 4-by-6 boards, securing them to the 2-by-2 boards as you go and spacing them with a 1/4-inch gap between boards. This small gap ensures better aeration and drainage of the garden box.

Step 5

Secure the 2-by-6 boards to the top of the garden box, laying them flat to form a ridge.

Step 6

Turn the box over and secure the cedar plywood piece to the bottom by placing screws every 4 inches, using the drill.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 cedar boards, 4 by 6 inches, 4 feet long
  • 8 cedar boards, 2 by 2 inches, 20 inches long
  • Power drill
  • Wood screws
  • 4 cedar boards, 2 by 6 inches, 4 feet long
  • Cedar plywood, 4 feet square


  • Sunset: Raised-Box Herb Garden
Keywords: herb planter, herb garden box, wood planter

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