Gardening

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

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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.

Estimated Time

  • 3 hours*

* Less if you have wood pre-cut

Project Difficulty

  • Easy to Moderate

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)
vertical planter with lettuce
Love salads? Skip the supermarket and grow your own in this handsome planter.
DIY Vertical Herb Planter
DIY vertical herb planter.

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:

PartQuantitySize
Legs41 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 59 1/4
Leg braces21 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 23
Leg brace supports23/4 x 3 1/2 x 19
Cleats143/4 x 1 1/2 x 5 1/2
Back slats65/8 x 5 1/2 x 50
Back supports33/4 x 5 1/2 x 33 1/2
Bottom support11 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 30 1/2
Top shelf13/4 x 5 1/2 x 30 1/2
Shelves63/4 x 7 1/4 x 30 ½

Finished Dimensions

  • Height: 55 1/2 inches
  • Width: 36 1/2 inches
  • Depth: 37 1/2 inches

Once you’ve got it put together, fill the shelves with Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix to give the roots of your new plants the very best growing environment. To keep the harvest coming, be sure to regularly trim back the plants and feed them throughout the season with Miracle-Gro® Pour & Feed® Singles, which can be added directly to the water in your watering can. (So simple!) Bonus: This vertical planter is also great for growing lettuces.

 

Design by Chris Hill.