An important part of clean eating is the use of fresh organic herbs. Here is an easy way to make a planter for those organic herbs.
Here is what you need:
- (3) 6′ cedar dog-ear fence pickets (Cedar is naturally rot resistant and free of any harsh treatment chemicals. Steer away from pressure treated lumber)
- 1-1/4″ exterior deck screws
- Organic Potting Soil
- Organic Herbs (We decided on Cilantro, Basil and Rosemary for this planter). The mint will be added to another planter. Do not plant mint in your flower bed as it will invade and take over!
- Miter saw. A hand saw will suffice but it’s more fun to use power tools!
- Power Drill
Step One: Cutting the fence pickets
Sides: Cut two of the fence pickets 48″. Measure from the bottom as you’ll need the left over pieces with the dog-ears for the sides.
Bottom: Cut the third fence picket 47″. The 48″ pickets will be the sides of the planter. The 47″ will be the bottom.
Ends: Cut two of the left over pickets with dog-ears 7-1/2″.
Step Two: Assembling the pieces
Start with the ends and bottom. align the ends with the dog-ears facing up. Clamp the end and bottom together and pre-drill two small pilot holes for the screws. Skipping this pre-drill step will result in the wood splitting. Once both ends are screwed onto the bottom, move to the sides.
Attach one side at a time. Again, clamp the sides to the ends and bottom pieces. Pre-drill two holes on the end of each side where it aligns with the end pieces of the planter. Then insert screws into those four pre-drilled holes. Once the side piece has been secured to the ends, pre-drill 5 holes to attach the side to the bottom.
Repeat these steps for the other side piece.
Step Three: Fill with soil
Fill the planter approximately 2/3 full with organic soil.
Step Four: Plant the herbs
Before planting, lay out the herbs in front of the planter to see if you like the spacing and order.
Now it’s time to get your hands dirty. Take the herbs out of the plastic containers, break up the root balls and insert them into the soil. Make sure the top of the root ball matches the top of the potting soil. Planting the herbs too deep will choke them out and too high will expose the roots.
Step Five: Water
Take the planter outside prior to watering. The planter is not completely sealed and thats OK. The small gaps allow for drainage and discourages root rot. Keep an eye on the weather and bring in your herbs if there is a threat of overnight frost.
Step Six: Use them in your next recipe!
We couldn’t wait to start using our new herbs. We decided to make a basil-spinach pesto sauce to top the pasta for our Easter dinner. So delicious and fresh tasting! Bon appetite!!!