Even if you have the space for a big garden, you don’t always want to traipse outside to collect herbs when you’re in the middle of cooking. Keep herbs nearby with this miniature kitchen garden box.
Fill the box with your favorite herbs and keep it close-at-hand, on a balcony or windowsill, or keep it indoors so you can have fresh green herbs year-round.
Make a Kitchen Herb Garden
Step 1: Cut and Sand Wood
- Cut the following pieces of wood:
- Three 1- x 6- x 21 ½-inch pieces
- Two 1- x 6- x 4 ¾-inch pieces
- Sand rough edges with 100-grit sandpaper.
Step 2: Assemble the Box
- To assemble, place one longer piece on level surface as the base.
- Place another long piece standing against the long edge of the base so the pieces are flush to form one side.
- Pre-drill three evenly-spaced holes through each end of the side piece to later connect to the base.
- Repeat the process with the other long piece.
- Place one short piece on top and flush with one end of the base between the two side pieces.
- Hammer nails into the pre-drilled holes.
- Repeat at the other end with final short piece to create box.
Step 3: Hide the Nails
Use a nail set and hammer to set the nails below the surface of the wood.
Step 4: Prep for Stain
Sand wood with 150-grit sandpaper then wipe down the wood with a damp cloth to remove dust.
Step 5: Fill Nail Holes (Optional)
- If you’re planning to fill the nail holes, check your wood filler to see whether it directs you to do so before or after staining.
- Either way, once you fill nail holes, let dry, then sand.
Step 6: Stain Wood
- Wear gloves and stain wood the desired color according to package directions.
- Allow to dry.
Step 7: Seal Wood
After adequate drying time, seal wood with a spray-on sealer and let dry.
Step 8: Add Plants
- If desired, add a plastic liner to the interior of the box.
- Place four potted herbs inside the box, and hide the pots and liner with a layer of sheet moss.
- Water plants.
- 1- x 6- x 8-foot hemlock wood board, (cedar, oak or pine may be substituted)
- Measuring tape
- Sanding block
- Power drill or screwdriver
- 1/8-inch drill bit
- 2-inch finishing nails
- Nail set
- Gloves for staining
- Wood filler
- Spray wood sealer
- Three or four 4-inch potted herbs
- Sheet moss
- Watering can
- Optional: Plastic box liner