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Raised Herb Garden

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I thought Josh would be finished with projects after he remodeled our kitchen, but he loves having a project. This summer he has been doing a lot of yard work. He planted a huge vegetable garden with our neighbors, built a chicken coop, and last week he made a raised herb garden.

I told Josh I wanted an herb garden, but I was thinking a few pots of herbs. Well, Josh never does things on a small scale. He built a masterpiece raised herb garden. It is amazing! We teamed up with Lowe’s on this DIY project and are thrilled with the results.

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To build the raised herb garden, Josh bought pressure treated 2×4’s, 2×6’s, and 4×4’s. He built the frame out of the pressure treated wood. He used corrugated steel roof paneling to side the raised beds. To trim the sides, Josh used cedar fencing. Josh bought all of these materials at Lowe’s.

Luckily, Josh’s brother Ben was in town to help. They built the raised herb garden in two days. They are machines! I am lucky to have a handy husband and a brother-in-law who likes to work while he is on vacation:)


We filled the raised garden beds with herbs and flowers. We planted lemon verbena, thyme, rosemary, sage, chives, lavender, cilantro, parsley, basil, thai basil, and flowers.


We filled one bed with just basil. I see a lot of pesto in our future! Basil is my favorite herb.


We planted two large rosemary plants. Plenty to make Rosemary Sea Salt Pretzels and Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn.


Love these pink flowers. They are supposed to grow and spread down the front of the garden bed.


I am not sure what all of the flowers are, but I know they are pretty and they make me happy! :)

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I love that the lowest garden bed is also a bench. It is nice to have extra seating along the patio when we have guests. I am so glad Josh added the corrugated metal. It really jazzes up the garden beds. The raised herb garden really adds to our patio space. I love it!

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Hats off to Josh for creating such a beautiful raised herb and flower garden. I can’t wait to put the herbs to good use!

Disclosure: Lowe’s provided most of the materials for us to create this beautiful raised herb garden, but our opinions are our own! 

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78 Responses to “Raised Herb Garden”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 18, 2013 @ 3:13 am

    Wow. What I wouldn’t give.

    Gorgeous!!!Maria! Congrats on this – seriously so beautiful and practical and something to be proud of!

  2. Kristin @Bake Something — June 18, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    Wow! He is handy! That’s amazing that he finished in two days. Very nice.

  3. Wow, that is so beautiful! I love it and I want one!!

  4. Milena — June 18, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    Congratulations Maria & Josh, this is beutiful and very useful!!

  5. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — June 18, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Gorgeous and so useful!!! Love it!!!

  6. Jenny — June 18, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Very pretty.

  7. Margene — June 18, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    My favorite herb is basil too! Lovely boxes!

  8. Eldonna Ashley — June 18, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    Please tell us how much dirt/soil and what kind of it you used. Also, in the taller sections, is there dirt all the way from the bottom? We are needing raised beds, I like this very much. The metal sides make sense to me. I just can’t figure out the right amount and best way to add the soil!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 10:22 am

      Josh used Lowe’s potting soil. Josh put rocks and scrap wood we had to to fill the beds most of the way. He put the soil on top. I hope that helps!

  9. Tina — June 18, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    I love the look of the metal fronts, what a great idea! I may have to steal your idea. I made our raised beds from the wood of our old deck when we removed it from the house. The beds aren’t pretty, but they were free to make. I like yours better.

    • Two Peas replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 10:20 am

      Steal away! I am so glad Josh did the aluminum.

  10. Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — June 18, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    Very lovely garden! Do you have any trouble with critters trying to eat your veggies?

    • Two Peas replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 10:20 am

      We haven’t had any trouble yet! Fingers are crossed!

  11. Kim in RI — June 18, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Wow! Impressive! Send Josh to RI for a weekend please so I can put him to work! Enjoy your garden – it is beautiful!

  12. Heidi — June 18, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    The beds are beautiful…love the seating idea. The flowers that will be trailing down your sides are calibrachoa. The green leafy plant is a ipomoea or sweet potato vine. Unfortunately no sweet potatoes ! For Eldonna, a good mix is 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost & 1/3 vermiculite….you can cheat a little on the requirements. Good luck with all your plants!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks for the info and tips!

  13. Anne [A Squared] — June 18, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    This makes me wish I had a yard! Josh did an amazing job.

  14. Tieghan — June 18, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Amazing! I wish I had this in my back yard!

  15. Gerry @ foodness gracious — June 18, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Loving the metal sides, gives it a nice sleek finish! Good work Josh :)

  16. Liz — June 18, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    Josh has a lot of great talent. Wonderful garden to have and especially when you cook a lot. Beautiful!

  17. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — June 18, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    How great! You’ll have to send Josh to my house next time he needs a project :)

    • Two Peas replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 10:19 am

      He would love to help:)

  18. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 18, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    My husband now has a job for me this weekend! Thanks!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      Ha! You are welcome:)

  19. Saw this on instagram! Your beds are just beautiful!!

  20. Shaina — June 18, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Lovely! I love the corrugated sheet metal on the sides. I need to tell Ole to up his game in the raised garden bed department, obviously. 😉

  21. Kathryn Von Buren — June 18, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    This is on our to do list for this weekend! A bit late in the season to be starting a raised bed… Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. Melissa // The Fauxmartha — June 18, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Love it! So so beautiful Maria! Between you and Erin (Naturally Ella), I’m really craving outdoor space.

  23. Nessa — June 18, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    So pretty! Fresh herbs are the best :)

  24. Christy@SweetandSavoring — June 18, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    How wonderful! We have a pallet herb garden that my husband made, and I’m loving being able to just pop out the door and grab some fresh basil, peppermint and cilantro.

    Josh did an excellent job!

  25. What a beautiful herb garden! Someday, when I move out of the city, I hope to have the space for something similar. I love fresh herbs. I tried growing a few on my kitchen windowsill (…that didn’t work out…).

  26. Lori — June 18, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    Love the containers and the flowers. Your yellow and pink row of flowers are saliva and the tall one the tall one with white flowers looks like it could be foxglove. I wish there was a close up to see for sure. Foxglove is a beautiful plant, but digitalis comes from it. Make sure your little guy doesn’t put any part of it in his mouth. The pink flower in your basil looks like it could be penstamon. Did you know Utah grows more penstamon than any other place in the world? We are the Pestamon capitol.

    A red flag went up after reading some of the comments. Be very careful what you use for your wood for your pallet gardening or any of your containers. Older wood used toxic chemicals to preserve them. Most of the newer pallets use HT (heat treated) wood instead. The other problem is that you have no idea what was transported on those pallets. Any kind of chemical could have been spilled on the pallet and you would have no idea. The US requires all wood coming into the US to either be HT before entering or sprayed with MT (Methyl Bromide). Since the MT doesn’t take the time that HT does, you will find more of them. Older ones used an even more poisonous chemical. Make sure you don’t breath in any of the dust when cutting them.

  27. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 18, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    It turned out beautiful! I love the metal accents. I am putting some raised beds in next year so I want the metal!

  28. Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 18, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    You GUYS. This is so pimp! Nice job!

  29. Elizabeth F — June 18, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Very nice. Did Lowe’s cut the metal for you to the size you wanted or did you have to do that yourself??

  30. Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 18, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    This is just the project Ben needs, too. Josh did a great job!!

  31. Whitney Lichty — June 18, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    Lookin good!!! I am soooo jealous!!!!!

  32. Amanda — June 18, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    Wow! Josh did a great job!! You’ll love having all that basil too! When the basil starts to get flowers on top, pinch them off so the plant will focus on growing the leaves rather than the flowers.

  33. natalie@thesweetslife — June 18, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Josh sounds like Ryan–always some project–Ryan’s have been all outside this year too! That looks amazing–this might need to be next summer’s project!

  34. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — June 18, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Wow – looking good!! I want to steal this idea!!

  35. Love the different sizes and the modern feel with the aluminum, looks great!

  36. Kim — June 18, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    Great project! I have a space I have wanted to put planting boxes in, so I have a few questions. Are the aluminum panels over wood, or are they the actual sides? Did you line the inside of the boxes with anything (like weed block or plastic)? Does Lowes have step by step instructions or is this Josh’s own creation. Could you provide dimensions? Thanks for sharing!

  37. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 18, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    I’ve never seen such a pretty raised garden before! Love it!!

  38. This looks so good! I love the raised look and everything looks so neat and tidy!

  39. Jen — June 18, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    I love the metal sides too! One of my new favorite flowers is nasturium. It will start growing over the edge of a planter, and its leaves and flowers are edible and peppery. You should check it out for the next time you plant!

  40. Sunila — June 18, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Such a beautiful garden ! Love it ! Looking forward to more pics and recipes now :)

    Thanks for sharing !

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