How to Build a Vertical Herb (or Lettuce!) Planter

DIY Vertical Herb Planter

Love the taste of fresh herbs? This vertical herb planter lets you grow them all in one convenient place – right outside your door! With removable shelves that can be easily left off for taller growing spaces, this simple project can be completed before lunchtime. We chose to build ours out of naturally long-lasting cedar, which will weather to a beautiful rustic look. Cut the lumber yourself if you have some woodworking experience, or make it easy by having the boards pre-cut at your local home improvement store. To assemble our vertical herb planter, watch the video, scroll down for instructions, or download our printable PDF guide. To keep the harvest coming, be sure to regularly trim back the plants — and eat the cuttings, of course! Bonus: It’s also great for growing lettuces.

vertical planter with lettuce

Attention, salad lovers! Skip the supermarket and grow your own fresh lettuces right here.

DETAILS:
Estimated Time: 3 hours*
* less if you have wood pre-cut

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Approximate Cost (not including plants): $300 if using cedar, $110 if using treated lumber (based on 2013 prices)

List of Materials:

  • 1 – 1 x 2 x 8 board
  • 1 – 1 x 4 x 8 board
  • 2 – 1 x 6 x 8 boards
  • 6 – 1 x 6 x 8 tongue & groove boards
  • 2 – 1 x 8 x 8 boards
  • 1 – 2 x 4 x 8 board
  • 2 – 2 x 10 x 10 boards
  • 1 ¼-inch deck screws (68)
  • 2 ½-inch deck screws (18)
  • sealer (optional)
  • 12 – 18 herb plants, depending on varieties (see tags for spacing requirements)

List of Tools:

  • miter saw or circular saw*
  • drill/driver
  • clamps
  • square
  • measuring tape

* or can have lumber pre-cut at home improvement store per dimensions in Parts List

Parts List (see Cutting Diagram below):

Part Quantity Size
Legs 4 1 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 59 1/4
Leg braces 2 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 23
Leg brace supports 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 19
Cleats 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 5 1/2
Back slats 6 5/8 x 5 1/2 x 50
Back supports 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 33 1/2
Bottom support 1 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 30 1/2
Top shelf 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 30 1/2
Shelves 6 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 30 ½

Use this slideshow for step-by-step directions

Finished Dimensions:
Height: 55 1/2 inches
Width: 36 1/2 inches
Depth: 37 1/2 inches

Design by Chris Hill

3 Comments

Kare Sir,n Darby

Dear Sir, I thank you for this post. i have been homeless for a long while and now have a very tiny mobile home in Mi. I will be searching for reclaimed wood and am going to do this. thank you again, Sincerily, Karen Darby.

sharon

I really like that !!! Will have to make. have a real nice place for the vertical herb planter. All in one place. Takes up less room also. :-)

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