Building a herb garden

Raised herb beds are a brilliant addition to any garden. Not only do they look great, but with the right herbs they smell great too. Once you’ve watched this video, you’ll know just how easy it is to make your own herb bed. It gives advice on where to position your herb bed, shows you how to dig up turf, loosen the soil and construct the bed itself.

You’ll be given some handy tips on planting and growing your chosen herbs as well as how to put them to good use in the kitchen.

Preparation & Planning

Your herb bed should get at least 6 hours of sun a day so take this into account when deciding where to build it. Don’t mark out the ground before you’re 100% happy with the location.

Make sure the bed will be big enough to accommodate the herbs you want to grow - some herbs need more space than others.


Keep your herbs well watered during hot dry seasons to avoid plant loss. It's always a good idea to add extra nutriance to the soil to help the plants flourish.

Hints & tips

Sealing the cut ends of the sleepers with a wood preserver will help prolong the bed’s life. When attaching the sleepers to one another, keep the corners at a right angle to maintain the bed’s shape.

Gently loosening the roots of the herbs with your hands before planting them will encourage growth.


Wear gloves when handling the sleepers to protect your hands from splinters.

It's also a good idea to wear safety goggles when drilling through the sleepers.