Although gardening can be an incredibly rewarding task, the physical effort required by the art, including weeding, planting and mulching, can take a toll on the body. However, waist-high raised garden beds can make the soil and plants you are working with more accessible. This can be especially useful for young, elderly, disabled, and wheelchair-bound gardeners. By moving the raised bed concept off of the ground and onto a table, you can grow flowers, fruits and vegetables both in the garden or on your deck or patio.
Things You'll Need
- 2 boards, 1-by-8-inch, 5 feet long
- 2 boards, 1-by-8-inch, 38 inches long
- 4 stakes, 2-by-2-inch, 6 inches long
- 1 sheet of ¾-inch plywood, 3-by-5 feet
- 4 posts, 4-by-4-inches, 3 feet long
- Galvanized wood screws
- ½-inch drill bit
- 8 lag bolts
- Landscaping fabric, 3-by-5 feet
- Staple gun
Lay the 5-foot boards on their 1-inch widths so that they run parallel to one another and are spaced 3 feet apart.
Position a 38-inch board at each end of the 5-foot boards to form a rectangle. Align the boards so that the ends of the 5-foot boards are set against the faces of the 38-inch boards.
Drill two screws through each of the 38-inch boards and into the ends of the 5-foot boards at each corner to create a rectangular frame.
Stand a 6-inch stake upright in each inside corner of the frame. There should be a 2-inch gap between the top of the stakes and the upper edge of the frame.
Drill screws through the frame and into the stakes to secure them to the corners.
Set the sheet of plywood over the frame and allow it to slip between the frame boards. The plywood will come to rest on the stakes set in the corners.
Set screws every 6 inches along the outside of the frame to secure the plywood to the frame.
Stand the four posts upright and position one post into the inside of each corner over the plywood.
Drill holes through the frame and posts along the frame's sides where the posts and framework touch.
Slip a lag bolt through each drilled hole and secure the accompanying nut to attach the posts to the frame.
Flip the table right side up and rest it on the post legs.
Drill eight to nine scattered ½-inch holes into the plywood; these will serve as drainage holes.
Spread a piece of landscaping fabric over the plywood and use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the edge of the frame in 1-foot intervals.
Place the garden table into its new location.
Tips & Warnings
- The garden table can hold approximately 6 to 7 square feet of soil or compost.
- "Vegetable Gardening: Your Ultimate Guide"; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
- "Growing Fruit and Vegetables"; Richard Bird; 2003
- Photo Credit Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images
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