The instructions said to point one of the corners north and leave room to move around. I placed mine in a SE corner beside the back door near the heat pump which will not interfere. In our climate, even sun lovers need afternoon shade.
Assembly was easy. There are only a handful of parts: three uprights that form a stair-step to hold the 3 shelves. There is a triangular core piece with pegs that fit into predrilled holes in the uprights. A base piece forms the bottom as it fits into the bottom shelf. The only modification we made was to put three countersunk screws into the core piece through the upright pieces. That might not be necessary but it's the way we assemble things.
Everything for the herb garden was already here. I have basil seeds that were never planted. I might sprinkle in a few of these when the violas fade. I had 2 thyme plants rooted over the winter that were in a bed with Daturas -- not a good idea. I lifted them. Four oregano plants that I put into the pots where violas faded were also rescued for this project. A clump of parsley was lifted from one of the butterfly host beds. It promptly wilted but I think it will stand up by tomorrow.
Super Bush tomato cuttings that I rooted when wind broke one of my tomato plants were ready at just the right time to put into the top tier as suggested. Their roots can go right down the center core of soil all the way to the bottom.
Making the planting hole near the center core insures the roots can go straight down.
Planted and watered.
In addition to thyme, oregano and tomatoes, there are 2 Parsley plants, and a rooted rosemary cutting and chives grown from seed on the back side.
Tucked here and there are tiny lettuces from my lettuce project and some violas that seeded themselves into the lettuce boxes. Even a volunteer alyssum from the lettuce boxes, too.
It's exciting to be a winner. I did nothing to receive this gift except to comment on Amy's post with how I'd plant it if a winner. I was not required to make any comments or endorsements. Ben of Eartheasy, who supplied the planter for the contest did ask that I share photos when I finished planting which of course I am delighted to do.
Some of my previous herb garden adventures can be seen Here. Do you grow herbs?