Raised Herb Garden

By Maria Lichty

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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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I woulda never thought to do metal on the sides, I love it! We’re redoing our patios this summer, using that metal as the roofing. Obviously my garden beds need to match the patios, obviously. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!
    Josh, you nailed this one!

    1. We have a huge veggie garden already. We did these beds for herbs and flowers.

  2. Wow!!! Could you send me your husband for a week? Pleeeease! It’s wonderful in Germany at the moment.

  3. Does Josh have any type of plan that he scratched down on paper prior to building this? Just trying to get a better idea of his framing prior to trying to reconstruct the wheel 🙂

    Thank you for posting the pictures, it looks great!

  4. Your gardens look fantastic. The sheet metal sides look really great combined with the timber and they are not only functional but durable as well. Congratulations it looks great.

  5. I just love the project and the results.
    I wish you had shown a step by step tutorial how to build the planters though so others could build them also.

  6. I love this! Would love to build something similar in my yard…although my thumb is not very green! This is the most pinned picture on my boards. LOL! I must get at least 20 emails a day saying someone pinned this! Great job!

  7. I’ve been looking for plans for this ever since my wife and I saw the commercial for Lowe’s highlighting this project, but we can’t find them anywhere. Do you have a link to the plans?

    1. We haven’t seen the commercial! I didn’t know they made one. Thanks for letting us know. My husband designed and built the herb garden. The plans aren’t online, but I will ask him if he can share them!

  8. Are you sure that you used aluminum? Lowes only carries galvanized metal roofing, not aluminum. I have called every Lowes in my area and they tell me they have never carried aluminum only galvanized metal sheets of metal.

  9. I saw these on DIY network, they said I could find the directions to make them on the lowes site. I looked and can’t find them, can you give me the directions and materials list to make these?

  10. Hi! I love this! I am going to try and attempt this in my backyard. Would your husband happen to to have the measurements he used or did he just do it as he went? Also, roughly how much did it cost? Thank you! You have great stuff!

  11. I really love that raised bed. Especially the metal on the sides. Very classy look! Keep us posted on how your herb garden grows!

  12. It’d be great if you could post a materials list & directions — I really want to re-create these in my yard, but have no idea of the measurements, etc. Thanks! 🙂

  13. I am concerned about the pressurized wood and tin used with plants you will eat. They are fine for flowers, but check out the chemicals in pressurized wood considering how long you will use the garden and the breakdown of materials/chemicals needed to pressurize the wood and the tin.

  14. These look great! I love the addition of the metal siding. My husband and I (first time homebuyers) are in the process of installing a concrete paver patio ourselves (goin’ for the cheap!) We want to do make some raised beds like these, but a little narrower to go around the patio. How long did this project take? Are they just laid on top of the original ground, or did you dig a few inches below to set them in?

    Also, a new blogger with a similar theme to yours, I love what you guys do. Great photos, delicious recipes and we get a glimpse of who you are through your writing! Look forward to reading more!

    Lindsay Kittleson
    Tomato Boots

  15. Hety there,really nice job. Where did the 4x4s go? I’m guessing 2×6 on the corners, 2×4 on the top and sides, and the 4x4s somewhere inside?

  16. I love this so much! I’ve been thinking of things to do in our sad little back yard for a while. I apologize if someone has already asked this, but is there any way you can post the plans for this? I sent it to my husband and he’d like to build this but the plans would be super helpful! 

    Thanks so much! 

  17. Good morning, 
    I have a question, is the roofing for decoration only or is it actually holding the soil in place? If it is holding the soil in place do you worry about it bowing out? I have three rose bush/trees that have broken out of their pots they are bulging..LOL Thought about making something like this to build around them.

  18. Thsee boxes are really pristine and beautiful. Brilliant! Any chance you can send along the DIY specs and instructions? I’d like to try it giving you guys the credit of course.

  19. Great planters! Do you have more detailed plans? Also wondering about durability- reviewers on Lowes site [using the galvanized for roofing] complained they dented easily and were rather thin. Now that you have 3 years experience, are the sheets heavy enough or would you have preferred heavier material?

  20. They look great! Are you concerned about the chemicals in the wood that may leach into your soil? Pressure treated wood equates to toxic wood.

  21. Thank you for posting this. My wife wants to do a garden and I’m not willing to do simple flower boxes as I like to sometimes be an over achiever, like lol. I’m thinking about surprising her (or at least attempting to surprise her over the next two weeks. I’m not sure how to build them without her seeing it, but I’m thinking about clearing a space in my garage and sneaking out to do it. 

    I love the idea of the metal (it looks amazing) and I think the three tiered boxes will give her a little different ideas. I will also try to plant all along one of our side walls. It will also play well on the other side of our small/medium back yard across the small walk from my firepit.

  22. If you go to You Tube & watch pruning Basil it shows how we can get double the amount of leaves on each plant, I was doing it all wrong..your garden looks amazing…Bonita

  23. Great job! This is an interesting story. Thank you very much for posting. Will continue following your posts.

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