Herbs don’t get fresher than when you grow them right in your kitchen – make your own herb planter!

You will need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill with 8mm drill bit
  • Craft knife
  • Staple gun
  • Paintbrush

  • 22 x 94mm pine planks cut to the following sizes:
    • 17 x 1 000mm lengths
    • 4 x 210mm lengths
    • 8 x 400mm lengths
    • 3 x 1 040mm lengths
  • 32 x 69mm pine plank cut to:
    • 3 x 350mm lengths
  • 120 self-cut screws (4x40mm)
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Plastic lining (or drop sheet)
  • Four PVC spoked wheels (135mm)
  • Four hex screws and nuts (8 x 70mm)
  • Masking tape
  • Modo Non-Drip Satin Enamel – Cactus Flower P065-W4
  • Harlequin Exterior Varnish

Step 1

Place three P1 planks next to each other, and use the measuring tape to space them evenly apart so the outside measurement is 3 580mm. Screw three P5 support beams across the P1s – one on each end and one in the middle.

Step 2

Front and back: Place three P1s next to each other and screw two P2s at a right angle at each end so that there is a clearance of 22mm at one side – this is where the base will fit in. Make two.

Step 3

Screw the sides to the base.

Step 4

Short sides: Attach three P3s to each of the short ends of your box with screws.

Step 5

Legs: Screw two P1s to each corner of the box with the top end level with the top of the box. First screw a P1 to the long side level with the end of the box, then on the short side level with the leg you’ve just attached.

Step 6

Shelf: Attach a P3 to the inside of the legs at the short end, 400mm from the bottom on both sides. Space the P4s evenly on the crossbars and screw in place.

Step 7

Wheels: Drill a hole with the 8mm drill bit in the centre of each leg about 45mm from the bottom. Bolt a wheel on each leg and secure with a nut.

Step 8

Line your box with plastic lining such as a thick drop sheet, securing it in place with staples, and trim the excess plastic with a craft knife.

Step 9

Mask diamond shapes on the front of the box and paint it with two coats of Modo Non-Drip Satin Enamel in the colour Cactus Flower, letting the paint dry between coats. Once the second coat is dry, peel the masking tape off.

Step 10

Seal the wood with three to four coats of Harlequin Exterior Varnish.

Top Tip: If your box is going to live outside you can punch holes in the base of the lining, cover it with draining stones and fill the box with soil, then plant directly in the box. If your kitchen garden is going to live inside, we suggest you keep the plastic at the base intact, and place potted plants in the box.

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