This post describes a standing herb garden that I built. It was inspired by a combination of a 2×4 workbench and a raised garden bed made of cedar fence planks. Essentially the project is a large planter box placed on top of a table. The top of the box is at 40″ from the ground, a perfect height for maintaining and watering the garden without awkward bending or uncomfortable lifting.
This project was inspired by the plans for a workbench, and a separate plan for a raised garden bed constructed from cheap cedar fence planks. The goal is to make it quick, easy, and convenient to incorporate fresh herbs into our dinners. By using cedar fence slats, this build was considerably cheaper than my raised vegetable garden bed.
Construction was simple and performed over two days. On the first day I built the table out of 2×4’s. The second day was used to construct the cedar box, paint, and add finishing touches. The overall dimensions of the garden are 24” deep, 68” wide, and 40” to the top lip of the box. All supplies were purchased at a home improvement store for about $150. My shopping list was:
2”x4”x8′ – Qty. 7
Cedar fence planks – Qty. 16
1” weather resistant screws – 1 lb. box
2” weather resistant screws – 1 lb. Box
8’x3′ roll of window screen
10 cubic ft. of garden soil
Cut the window screen to fit into the bottom of the box which will prevent dirt from falling out of the drain holes. The pine 2×4’s were painted with an outdoor stain that we previously used on the deck. I filled the herb garden with 10 cubic feet of miracle grow garden soil mixed with a 25 lb. bag of cow manure.