How to Construct a Waist-High Raised Garden Bed Table

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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
  • Drill
  • Galvanized wood screws
  • ½-inch drill bit
  • 8 lag bolts
  • Wrench
  • 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.

References

  • "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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