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Growing herbs is easy with raised garden beds. While you can grow herbs in-ground at any sunny spot in the garden, the herbs would grow better in a raised bed.

The raised bed protects the herbs from various elements and improves the texture of the soil. Also, it makes your garden look more organized. The best part about raised bed gardening is how easy gardening becomes. It’s an excellent strategy for aging gardeners or growers with mobility issues. We cannot recommend raised bed gardening enough!

You can buy raised beds in bulk (we’ve got several designs here) or make one on your own if you’re quite the handyman. How to create a raised garden bed for your growing herbs? Here are some tips.

Quick and Easy: DIY Herb Garden Supplies Needed For Raised Bed Gardening

Herb Kit: An herb kit consists of seeds and garden supplies required to grow various herbs. Some garden kits come with a single variation of herbs to grow, while others, like the ECOgardener herb kits, come with 5 herb seeds + 2 BONUS in one kit. Our kit comes complete with biodegradable bamboo growing pots, plant markers, and coconut coir discs to give your herbs the best start.

Landscape Fabric: This product can be used for raised bed gardening in various ways. You can install it at the bottom of the raised beds like a liner to prevent the soil from washing away when watering the plants. As a liner, the landscape fabric keeps burrowing pests at bay like moles and gophers while protecting plant roots from extreme temps.

You can install it on top of the soil with holes cut out for the plants to insulate the plant roots during the cold months and protect them from weeds.

Landscape Staples: These are u-shaped hardware that will set the landscape fabric in place. Landscape staples come in different gauges or hardness, and the correct gauge for your garden will depend on various factors. The 8-gauge staples are a standard, and these should do well in most gardens.

Buying Gardening Supplies in Bundles

raised beds and herb kit bundle

If you want to save more money on certain materials, you can take advantage of bundles like the ECOgardener raised beds and herb kit bundles. Gardening supplies can be expensive, so product bundles are the more affordable choice. You can buy a single bundle if you’re only working with a tiny space or go for bulk orders if you have more room for the raised beds.

Our bundles are available in three variations:

Complete Herb Garden Starter Kit

  • 2×8 inches Raised Bed (classic design)
  • Herb Garden Starter Kit
  • 5oz 3×50-inches Pro Garden Weed Barrier Landscape Fabric
  • 11 Gauge Heavy Duty Landscape Staples 100 Pk

Tiered Raised Bed Herb Garden Kit

  • 4×4-inches Tiered Raised Bed
  • Herb Garden Starter Kit
  • 5oz 3×50-inches Pro Garden Weed Barrier Landscape Fabric
  • 8 Gauge Heavy Duty Landscape Staples 100 Pk

Elevated Raised Bed Herb Garden Starter Kit

  • 2 x 4 inches Elevated Raised Bed
  • Herb Garden Starter Kit
  • 5oz 3×50-inch Pro Garden Weed Barrier Landscape Fabric
  • 11 Gauge Heavy Duty Landscape Staples 100 Pk

If you are buying several sets, we suggest measuring the space where you will build your raised garden bed to start. You can check out our raised bed bundles here.

5 Herb Gardening Tips

woman holding herbs

Below are some herb gardening tips from the experts!

Choose small and medium-sized herbs for your raised garden bed

While most herbs thrive in container and raised bed gardens, it’s essential to check the actual size of a fully grown herb to see if it fits the space provided by the raised garden bed. This helps prevent crowding that may lead to potential problems.

We suggest choosing small to medium-sized herbs for your raised garden bed and leaving the bigger herbs to grow in-ground. Our herb garden kit is curated with 7 petite herbs, so all will do well in a raised garden bed:

Do note that even small herbs require enough room to grow, so space each plant out for better air circulation. Adequately spaced out herbs prevent pests and diseases from spreading all over the raised bed garden.

Know the difference between drought-tolerant and thirsty herbs

Some herbs do not need much babying like regular watering and could, in fact, die from excess moisture. Other herbs require regular watering but should only be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. Below is a list of drought-tolerant and water-loving herbs:

Drought-resistant herbs

  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Calendula
  • Mullein
  • Lemon balm
  • Marjoram
  • Borage
  • Nasturtium
  • Chamomile

Thirsty herbs

  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Tea plant
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Saffron
  • Chives
  • Cumin
  • Garlic chives
  • Dill weed
  • Garlic

Whatever kind of herbs you grow in your raised bed, check if they need watering and never wait until the leaves wilts before doing this. It’s best to group water-loving herbs separately from drought-resistant herbs to make watering easier for you.

Choose the right raised bed design for your space

ecogardener raised bed planters

Raised beds come in various designs, and though these structures are quite space-efficient, some designs will work better in specific spaces than others. On our website, we offer three designs: the classic raised bed, elevated raised bed, and tiered raised beds.

The classic raised bed features open-bottom frames made from 100% non-toxic fir wood. The frames are easy to assemble, stackable, and rot-resistant. It’s a great product if you want to plant your herbs in-ground, but you also need a protective barrier against pests, weeds, and the elements.

The elevated raised bed is a compact raised bed fitted with 4 feet on each corner that raises the bed to about 30-inches from the ground. This product is best for small spaces like patios, balconies, and small backyards because it provides a nice place to grow various herbs. It’s also suitable for gardeners with mobility problems like a bad back.

As the name suggests, the tiered raised bed features a tiered design to provide MORE room to grow various herbs. It’s a beautiful raised bed to add to a small to medium-sized garden. Our tiered raised bed provides sturdy, low maintenance support for stability along with a simple slide and lock action for easy assembly. With this raised bed, you can group drought-resistant and water-loving herbs in one raised bed, allowing you to minimize every square inch of space in your garden. This is the best one to get if you want more flexibility in a raised bed.

Start with suitable soil

While regular garden soil sounds like the best idea for a raised bed planter, it’s not a good choice for growing herbs in a confined space. Ordinary garden soil is too heavy, and it retains more moisture. Since herbs are prone to root rot and hate standing water, you need fluffy, well-draining soils like potting mixes.

Potting mix has the ideal texture for growing various herbs. These mixes are also packed with nutrients herbs need to grow healthily in a small space like a raised bed. Just amend the soil with organic fertilizers or compost after every harvest to bring nutrients back to the soil.

Check the sunlight the space receives daily

Herbs need at least 6 hours of continuous sunlight every day to thrive. Some can tolerate shade in the afternoon, like mint, cilantro, rosemary, sorrel, lovage, or tarragon, but most herbs prefer the full sun. If you’re building a raised garden bed on a balcony, you need to check the direction of the space – if it’s facing north, south, east, or west. Balconies facing south are best for growing herbs.

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Our raised bed bundles let you build an herb garden instantly; no tools are needed for assembly. Learn more about these gardening bundles here and start turning empty spaces into green spots for fresh, delicious herbs.

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