Introduction

a finished raised herb-garden planter
Photo: Laura Moss
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Growing fresh herbs indoors can be a tricky task, but an outdoor garden bed requires yard space that not all of us have. So what's an herb lover to do? If you've got a free afternoon and basic carpentry skills, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva has the perfect solution: Build an all-weather raised planter that can live on your porch or patio. This compact piece takes up less than 6 square feet and has a few handy hooks to hold your gardening tools. Best of all, it will let you enjoy fresh herbs all season long without back-breaking labor.

Shown: Colonial pressure-treated-pine deck post; available at home centers.
Stain: Cabot's Semi-Transparent Deck & Siding Stain in Cordovan Brown

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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush
      Brush for stain

    Shopping List

    All lumber is pressure-treated.

    3¼-inch-square deck posts. Get four.

    1x6. Get four 8-foot boards.

    2x2 balusters. Get five 42-inch balusters.

    2-inch deck screws

    2½-inch deck screwsDeck stain

    Two or more double hooks for the ends, plus fasteners

    A plastic utility tub at least 6 inches deep.
    (Ours was 24 by 36 by 8.)

    Gravel

    Potting soil