Build a vertical herb planter
If you want to add a special touch to your food, planting your own herbs is a great start. However, if you don't have a garden or only limited space on your terrace, you don't have to abstain from having fresh aroma from your own garden. The vertical herb garden offers a space-saving and visually appealing alternative to the traditional vegetable patch.
Before we start with the actual construction, the size must be defined. Depending on the space you have available you need to determine the maximum length and width and decide how many levels the herb garden should have. According to your measurements and criteria you need to get the required material.
|3x plastic planters 40x17.5x14.5cm||mitre saw|
|Planed wood boards (~ 5 linear meters) min. 17.5 cm width (height of the planters)||yard stick and pen|
|2x squared timber 5x5x120cm||cordless screwdriver and driller|
|Wood varnish and painting supplies||multi sander|
|Soil and herbs|
Connecting the floors
Once the paint has dried, we can connect the individual floors with the squared timbers, by using screws. If the herb garden should later stand on a flat surface such as a terrace, the bottom floor forms the base (as in this construction manual). If you want to anchor the squared timbers to the ground using ground spikes, you need to mount the first frame 5-10cm higher.
Final step: Planting
Now that the technical part is done, we can focus on planting. Mediterranean herbs, which need a lot of sun and sometimes survive short periods of dry weather, are best planted in the top shelf. For herbs that love permanently moist soil or prefer partial shade, the lower levels are used. Do not forget to drill holes in the bottom of the flower boxes to prevent waterlogging.
Here I listed a small selection of herbs and their needs
|basil||salad, pesto, soup||nutrious, sunny||damp|
|mint||dessert, tea||loose, sandy, shady||little to medium|
|sage||meat, vegetables||warm, dry||little to medium|
|lemon balm||tea, dessert||partly shady||medium to damp|
|oregano||pasta, soup, meat||sunny||medium|
|thyme||fish, meat, vegetables||warm, sunny||little to medium|
|rosemary||fish, meat, pasta||sandy, warm, sunny||medium|
|tarragon||fish, salad, sauces||garden soil, sunny||medium|