I love to use herbs in cooking and in summer time I like to add Borage and Mint to cold drinks. In my garden I grow Thyme, Bay and Chives but my Rosemary and Sage both died a couple of years ago so I have been buying them from the supermarket, I also buy tender herbs to grow on the windowsill during the summer. The problem I find with the supermarket herbs is that they don’t last very long so I have to keep replacing them.
I have always wanted a proper herb bed near the kitchen door but haven’t got the room to spare so I decided to build a raised bed on the patio. After looking around for suitable containers I settled on an ‘L’ shaped one from WoodBlocX.
WoodBlocx are a bit like giant lego made from sustainably sourced timber in Scotland, they are easy to lift and move around and don’t require any drilling, screws or nails.
The components arrived on a pallet which the driver moved into the garage and unpacked for me. My bed is 750mm wide, 750mm deep and 350mm high and I received the following components:
- 4 x 750mm blocX
- 7 x 375mm blocX
- 13 x 300mm blocX
- Capping cut to order
- 75 dowels and wedges
- 6 angle plates
- 2 ground spikes (not needed when placing on a patio)
As I ordered in January I left them in the garage until the weather improved which for me was April.
The pictures below show my progress which was quite slow as I found it quite hard work.
I have planted six different herbs; Spear Mint (Garden Mint) Mentha spicata which I’ve preplanted in a terracota pot to stop it spreading too much, English Mace Achillea ageratum, Coriander Coriandrum sativum, Variegated Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis variegata, Borage Borago officinalis and Golden Oregano Origanum vulgare Aureum.
I meant to buy some Basil and forgot so I will see if I can squeeze some in later. I have also sown some Chive seeds in a terracotta pot and sunk it into the space in the left corner. In the front I have Rosemary and Sage which I’m going to plant into pots so I can move them indoors for the winter.
My patio doesn’t get a lot of sun so I’m not expecting all of these herbs to survive the winter; I will probably have to buy fresh plants each year which means I can ring the changes and find out which grow best.
I am very pleased with my new raised bed and I’m sure I will use it all the time. I will take some photographs throughout the summer so I can show you how the bed develops.