Project Guide

How to Build a Vertical Herb Garden

1
Measure and Make Cuts
Person cutting lumber using a circular saw
  • Measure, mark, and use a circular saw to make the cuts according to the cut diagram in step 8. 
  • Use sanding block to smooth any rough edges.
2
Cut List:
Illustration of the cuts necessary for the project
  • 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 
3
Paint or Stain the Wood (Optional)
Person staining the wood

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

4
Assemble the Back
Person using a brad nailer to assemble all pieces of project
  • Lay the three fence pickets flat with 1/4 inches 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.
5
Assemble and Attach the Feet
Person using a drill to attach bracket
  • 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.
6
Attach the Back Brace
Person using drill to attach back bracket
  • 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.
7
Attach the Clamps and Pots
Person drilling metal rings into a board
  • 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.
8
Clamp Diagram
Diagram of a metal clamp

Repeat attaching the remaining two clamps centered above the remaining cross boards, and then place the 8-inch clay pots inside of rings.