Growing herbs is a satisfying garden projects and you’ll have a bounty of tasty and surprising herbs to experiment with in the kitchen this summer. Check out this step by step guide to building a raised garden bed
1. First work out where in your garden you want your raised bed to be. Think about if you need to access all four sides and whether your bed will catch the sun - ideally for six hours or more a day.
2. Make your raised bed out of three pre-cut sleepers. Work out exactly the area you want your raised bed to occupy, and place the sleepers into position.
Make your bed rectangular - cut one sleeper into two equal halves to make the ends.
3. Once you’re happy with your arrangement of sleepers, mark their position on the ground on the outside of the sleepers using a spade.
Then move the sleepers aside and dig the turf out. Loosen the soil beneath using the spade to a depth of about six inches.
4. To build your raised bed, carefully place the sleepers back onto the newly dug earth, into the position you have marked.
To attach the sleepers to each other, drill two holes through the ends of the long sleepers, and then use two coach screws to fasten to the short sleepers.
Be careful to keep the sleepers at a right angle to each other to maintain the shape. Repeat for the other three corners.
5. Now fill the raised bed with a mixture of soil and peat-free compost to just below the edge of your bed. To plant your herbs, just pick up a few of your favourite herb seedlings or grown herbs from your garden centre.
Work out how you want to position them, remembering that as they grow they will expand.
Check on the packets for instructions on how far apart each row of seedlings should be from the next.
Ours are about 30cm apart. It’s also an idea to label the rows so you can remember what you have planted.
To plant, first soak the seedlings in water to loosen up the roots. Then dig a hole about the same size and depth as the seedling pot. Gently tease out the seedling from the pot, and place carefully in the hole. Pack down the soil around the plant, and water again.
Then let nature take its course.
Information courtesy of Wickes, in partnership with celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin