Raised Bed Herb Garden

Raised Bed Herb Garden

I would safely say that we all love a little flavour and seasoning in our meals as it gives them that extra punch and makes the whole dining experience a little more enjoyable and memorable. The opposite to that positive experience leaves us a litlle flat and also memorable, but for the wrong reasons. The seasoning that we are talking about in this  Herb plants for raised bedsinstance comes mainly from herbs in general, which can be easily grown by ourselves with a small bit of effort. There is a great feeling of acomplishment and achievement to be had from being self-sustainable for our own kitchen needs and the fact is, vegetables taste even more tastier, simply because we grew them ourselves.

A raised bed herb garden is very easily constructed and to be able to plant and grow herbs in a raised bed if we could, would prove to be a very suitable envoirnment for them. If we do a lot of cooking or just occasionaly, it’s really convenient to be able to pop outside our kitchen and grab whatever we were looking for, without having to traipse down through our vegetables lot and getting all wet or getting our shoes covered in muck. A lot of people have their herb growers or planters located just outside their houses for that particular reason and it makes practical convenient sense to do so.


Raised bed herb frame

How big is a herb raised bed;


The fact is that herbs are very easy to grow and cultivate, they do not take up a lot of space, so therefore a small sized raised bed would be sufficient. I am talking about a raised bed in size of 4ft x 4ft for starters and that outlay would only cost approx $30-40, or if we had the timber planks lying around at home, we could very easily construct this frame by ourselves. Raised bed herb gardens come in all shapes and sizes, so how big we want them could also be governed by our budget. If we look at the image above, this type size ( 3′ x 2′ ) could be very suitable as it’s waist high and eliminates a lot of stooping and bending, while carrying out maintenance or attending to our plants. The beauty of an elevated raised bed like this one is, it could be moved and relocated to whatever area is most suitable.


Raised bed herb soil;


A good general mix of compost and soil is suitable for herb cultivation, even if we could have it a little sandy, that would be even better. It’s always better to avoid adding enriching fertilizers as this would only  promote fast growth at the expense of our desired herb flavours. Herbs will always do better in a well drained soil so be sure to incorporate plenty of organic matter, like sand, composted leaves or garden mulch. So looking at the requirements of this exercise, its really simple to get started with and in less than a month or six weeks after planting, we could be enjoying the fruits of our labor.


Raised bed herb garden


What are the best herbs to plant;


Like we have mentioned above, its really easy to grow herbs and all or most of the most common varieties will easily flourish and thrive, provided we have the right conditions. So from the outset, if our soil is right, the rest of this process will be a breeze. We can purchase these herb plants at our local garden centre or nursery and just follow the growing instructions that come with them. Normally herbs are sold in 2″ or 3″ pots, so its a case of dig a hole an inch or so bigger than the rootball, pop the plant into same, infill with the replaced soil, water in afterwards and we are done. How easy is that I ask you, it really could’nt be more difficult than that. The most popular of herbs that we would grow in our raised bed herb garden would be…….Basil, Chives, Tarragon, Sage, Corriander, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint and Spring Onions etc etc. There are many many more, too many to mention but we have covered the most well known and those most used on a regular basis.


Where else could I plant herbs;


We have often seen herbs grown in pots, window boxes, timber containers and many other places like flower beds and in vegetable patches or lots. The idea of growing herbs in vegetable patches and in those other places is not uncommon as it’s seen by some as the most practical and suitable of areas. We may or may not know that growing herbs in a vegetable patch is one of gardenings greatest secrets. The reason is because the strong, minty, aromatic smell from these often deters certain insects, slugs and garden pests from our vegetable garden. Its known in some quarters as companion planting and for good reason, as we have just mentioned. It can be seen as a lazy gardening exercise, but what the heck, if it works and does the business for us…why not. Sometimes people plant these herbs into flower gardens and also into borders with the intention of filling up unused spaces.

Raised beds for herbs


To summarise;


Unless we are gardening on a large scale, its not practical to buy packets of herb seeds. To be honest we do not need a thousand or so plants of a particular variety growing outback in our gardens or backyards. So the sensible route would be to go to the garden centres and purchase these varieties individually like we have mentioned above. They are really inexpensive to buy and each plant would retail at about $3-5, so we could plant all of our requirements for approx $30-40. When planted, just remember to water when necessary, but its important not to overwater, as this would totally rot the herbs. As ever, we are social here at buildingraisedbeds.com and would love to hear your comments via the comments section down under.

8 thoughts on “Raised Bed Herb Garden

  1. Hi, Philip, I have been a backyard garner for some time now and I was always curious about raised beds. But my concern was root development in such a shallow bed. I now know I was not getting the complete and right way to do this. I was told by a guy that used this method but he told me to screen off the bottom.Thank you for the simple and right way to do this.

    1. Hi there Rod,
      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post, its greatly appreciated. There is a little getting used to when starting out on your raised bed adventures and when you get familiar with them, you would find it really hard to go back to our old ways of open ground and row gardning.

      Best wishes and continued success on your gardening exercises and the secret is to keep trying and eventually you will be successful.

      Cheers  PB.

  2. Hi Phil, I have never grown my own herbs, as I am the cook in the house I do like to use herbs and always purchase them. With the price of food these days I really should start growing my own.
    Thank you for these great tips, I only have a small garden so these are perfect.

    1. Hi there paul,

      Many thanks for dropping by and reading this post, it’s greatly welcomed and appreciated. Yes i agree with you 100%, herbs are a great accessory in our cooking exercises and really add flavour and punch to our meals.

      It’s reall easy to grow them and once you start, you will really see the benefits and advantages of just being able to pop outside and grab what ever you want for the kitchen.

      Best wishes and happy gardening

      Cheers         PB

  3. thanks, to this website I wanna keep this! I love Gardening so much but I haven’t had enough knowledge on what particular areas should I need to cultivate and the Do’s and Dont’s for the right plants on a soil – just now reading one of your articles about – the right mix of compost with a sandy texture of soil is perfect for herb cultivation and I tend to buy packet seeds which it really made me disappointed coz it doesn’t really make to grow to what I expected- because I used a plastic detergent container this also made me think that particular plants don’t grow on that type of material, so I guess I need to change course now on what container type should I used in growing herbs, is the raised bed container photo that showing here is for sale somewhere?

    1. Hi there

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post, its greatly appreciated. I can readily identify with you when things start to go against us in the garden, it can get quite frustating. But if we perseve and continue with what we are doing, keep trying, eventually it will get easier and you will see some success.

      Herbs are relatively easy to grow and will thrive in any type of container, provided the soil is good enough. We don’t need to plant a lot of herbs for our needs, just one of each would be plenty.

      There are some great planters and containers to be found online and you can see them here.Thanks again for stopping by, happy gardening

      Cheers   Phil Browne.

  4. I am definitely NOT a gardener – I seem to kill every tomato plant or flower that comes into the house. But I guess I always thought of ‘gardening’ as a huge tedious task…maybe starting with herbs would be a good idea!

    I never really thought about doing herbs on a small scale – but you have some great resources and ideas! Plus, I do love fresh herbs and they are so expensive!

    But I think you’ve convinced me! I really want to go to the store – you make it seem so easy! Thanks for the advice and tips. I think I just might try it!

    1. Hi there Kayla,

      Many thanks for dropping by and reading this post. I agree with you that gardening can be a challenge at times, but its like anything else in life…it takes practice and more practice.

      The longer we work with a garden, eventually we would see things starting to go our way. Its a great past-time and the benefits to be had from the great outdoors are too numerous to mention.

      If you start with just a few seedlings like some herbs, it will give you confidence to do some more and slowly but surely you will see things turning around.

      Best wishes and happy gardening

      Cheers   PB

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