My old herb planter finally deteriorated past its prime, so I built a new one. The photo shows the finished product. I made it for less than $20. If you want to make one, here is how I did it.:
The sides, bottom and dividers are made from 4 redwood fence boards measuring 5/8" thick x 7-5/8" wide by 60" long. The cost was $3 each at the local lumber yard. If you don't live in an area where redwood is readily available, use cedar which is available just about everywhere. The sides and bottom do not have to be cut. To make the dividers, crosscut 8 pieces 7" long out of one of the boards. Then screw the parts together using 1.5" - 2" #6 or #8 self-driving screws. The ones intended for installing wallboard work very well.
The legs are made out of four 3' long redwood 2x2s , but you can use any kind of lumber that you can find. The legs cost $4. I drilled two 1/4" holes in each leg. The first hole was 1-1/4" from the top of the leg, and the second hole about 5" below the first hole. Then I clamped each leg to the box side in its ultimate position and using the predrilled leg holes as guides I drilled 1/4" holes in the box sides. Then I bolted the legs to the box using 2-1/2" long 1/4" hex head bolts. (you can use carriage bolts if you wish). I put washers under the bolt heads and nuts.
Next, using a spade bit, I bored 3/4" holes in the bottom of trhe box, one hole per section. That completed the project. Total cost, less than $20 including wood, screws and bolts.
The planter has room for 7 different herbs. The ones I planted are basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, mint and chives. The seventh section will ultimately contain tarragon, when the weather gets a bit warmer than it is now.
Why did I choose those herbs? Since you asked, I wil tell you. :-) Along with parsley, cilantro and dill, they are the most used herbs in my kitchen. However, those three herbs come from relatively large plants that I don't think are well-suited to small planters. Cilantro and parsley (both Italian and curly) are readily available freshly cut in any market for $.50/bunch. Not worth growing yourself in my opinion. Dill is a large plant that dies after it goes to seed, which it does in a couple of months. You need to keep replanting it to keep a supply going, which is a pain.
One of these days, I'll do another blog post and talk about raising and harvesting the different kinds of herbs in my garden. In the meantinme, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.