How to Build a Vertical Herb Garden

Create a simple vertical garden using fence pickets and clay pots

1-2 hours

This guide will walk you through the process of turning fence pickets into a standalone vertical garden, perfect for displaying herbs.




Measure and make cuts
Measure and make cuts

• Measure, mark, and use a circular saw to make the cuts according to the cut diagram below.
• Use sanding block to smooth any rough edges.


Cut list:

• Three 17 1/4-inch cross board pieces cut from the square end of each of the three cedar fence pickets
• Two 10 1/2-inch footings from the cedar board
• One 50-inch back brace from the cedar board

Paint or stain (optional)
paint or stain

If desired, paint or stain all wood prior to assembly.

Assemble the back
Assemble the back

• Lay the three fence pickets flat with 1/4 inch between them. 
• Measure 8 3/4 inches down from the dog-ear tops of the pickets and attach a cross board horizontally across the fence pickets with a brad nailer.
• Attach the remaining two cross boards horizontally with 8 3/4 inches between each.

Assemble the feet and attach
Assemble the feet

• Place a shelf bracket with the 10-inch side down centered on the 2-inch side of the footing board and flush with the end. 
• Secure bracket to the footing board using a drill and the 1 1/4-inch screws. 
• Repeat with the other bracket and footing board.
• Place the feet flush to the floor and flush to the left and right sides of the square end of the pickets. Secure the 8-inch side of the brackets to the pickets using a drill and the 3/4-inch screws.

Attach the Back Brace
attach the back brace

• Stand the assembly up onto the feet and center the 2-inch side of the back brace board vertically on the back side of the center picket.
• Secure with brad nailer and 1-inch nails through the front of the picket and into the back brace board.

Attach clamps and pots
attach the clamps

• Using a 1/8-inch drill bit, pre-drill holes in the center of all three clamps about 2 1/2 inches from the adjustment screw (see diagram below). 
• Place a clamp centered above the top cross board and secure it to the back with 1 1/2-inch wood screws. 
• The screw will go through the picket and the back brace board. 
• Repeat attaching the remaining two clamps centered above the remaining cross boards, and then place the 8-inch clay pots inside of rings.



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