This is the first in a series of outdoor projects I’ll be doing in the coming weeks. I’ll post running updates on simply easy diy.com to let you know how this is holding up.
Going vertical is the natural progression for most people that start a garden and find they never have enough space for all their gardening needs. I started out with one 4×8 raised garden bed and before long built a second one. Raised garden beds number 3, 4 and 5 came not long after the first two. Then I realized that if I wanted to add any more I was going to have to start putting them out into the open yard space that I wanted to keep reserved for the kids to play in. I think its important for children to have a large open area to play, skip and run. Maybe toss a ball around with dad or play a game of pickle. So I did not want to add any more garden beds. This left me trying to find new ways to get more production out the space we already had. Their is one bed that we kept a lot of our herbs in and I had the thought that if I could free up that space by putting the herbs in containers and placing them on the back patio just outside the back door. We could free up some space for more food production. However, I did not like the look of a lot of containers just sitting around the back patio. I thought about building a shelving unit so we could put all the containers in one spot. I finally decided on a hybrid style shelf slash planter box.
I also wanted to be able to move it around the back patio with ease. So I decided to place the whole unit on a frame with 3″ locking casters. That worked out better than I had hoped. I can position the vertical herb garden planter box facing north and south. One side can be for sun loving herbs and the other can be for shade loving herbs. I can also place all sun loving plants on both sides and face the unit east and west. We can roll the unit closer to the door at meal time so that we can harvest what we need for a recipe without having to walk all the way out to the garden. Conversely we can roll the vertical herb garden planter box further away from the house during a rain storm so that it can get more rain than it would closer to the house.
I made my vertical herb garden planter box out of scrap pine that I had sitting in the garage left over from previous projects. You could very easily purchase cedar, cypress or some other weather resistant species of wood to make this vertical herb garden planter box and it would last for decades to come with little worry.
I also made it so that if any part of the vertical herb garden planter box needs replacing I can just remove the screws and replace with another piece of scrap that I have laying around at the time. As a woodworker I’ll probably be tripping over potential spare parts for it.
I would also like to announce the launch of my second YouTube Channel called Simply Easy Homesteading:
If you enjoy the video format I feature here on my main channel along with my sometimes quirky sense of humor and you like all things DIY. Then you will enjoy Simply Easy Homesteading. Granted the channel page is still under construction.
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“Ouroboros” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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