How to Build Your Own Raised Herb Garden, According to an Expert

Growing herbs is one of the most satisfying gardening projects you can undertake – they look and smell wonderful in the garden, and it’s always a treat to eat something you’ve grown from your own. own hands.

It’s nice to have a dedicated area in the garden to display your rosemary, thyme and more, so why not try building your own raised garden bed in the garden.

To find out exactly how this is done, we asked famous gardener Diarmuid Gavin to create a five-step guide to building a raised herb garden, which he created with home improvement specialist Wickes.

By following the steps below, you can build your own raised herb garden in under an hour. To grow edible crops indoors, we also have an expert herb garden guide for growing in containers and on window shelves. Or, for more inspiration, check out our guide to small garden ideas.

How to build a raised herb garden

Use this simple guide to prepare your raised herb garden.

Raised herb garden: step 1

First, you need to determine where in your garden you want your raised bed to be. Make sure you figure out if you need to access all four sides and where your bed will get the sun – ideally for six or more hours a day.

Raised herb garden: step 2

Create the walls of your raised bed by pre-cutting cross members. The dimensions are more or less up to you, but you want to make sure that the bed is a perfectly rectangular shape. To do this, you need three ties of the same length; cut one in half to use as the short sides of your bed. Place the cross members in position.

Once you are happy with the arrangement of the rails, use a spade to mark the position of the outside edge of the rectangle on the ground.

Raised herb garden: step 3

Move the sleepers aside and dig the sod. Loosen the soil below using the spade to a depth of about six inches.

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Raised herb garden: step 4

To build your raised bed, carefully place the sleepers back on the newly dug earth, in the position you marked.

To attach the rails to each other, drill two sets of two holes through the sides of the long rails, positioned at the top and bottom of each. Use lag bolts to secure them to the ends of the short rails.

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Be sure to keep the rails at right angles to each other to maintain the shape. Fill in all four corners.

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Raised herb garden: step 5

Fill the raised bed just below the top of the sleepers with a mixture of soil and peat-free compost. You are now ready to choose a selection of your favorite herb or cultivated herb seedlings from the garden center.

Determine how you want to position the herbs – remember that as they grow they will expand and check pots for instructions on the distance between each row of seedlings and the next (those shown are about 30 cm apart). It is also a good idea to label the lines.

To plant, first soak the seedlings in water to loosen the roots, then dig a hole in your bed about the same size and depth as the seedling pot. Carefully remove the plant from the pot and carefully place it in the hole. Tamp the soil around the plant and water again. Repeat with each of the seedlings.

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Then let nature take its course, but remember to ensure that the soil does not dry out completely in hot weather.

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