Garden With Waist Height Raised Gardening Beds Without Bending Over

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  • Ana White over at has published easy to follow steps for building your own 2′ X 4′ waist height gardening beds. She includes a list of materials, tools, and cut list your will need to complete your project and 10 simple steps for building the beds.

    Counter Height Garden Boxes 2 feet x 4 feet

    Counter Height Garden box are easy to build and great for those of us that just can't get down on the ground any longer. These would make a wonderful present for your mother or grandmother. You can build three for nearly the price of one so consider 3 family or friends that might want these. I have 6 for myself and absolutely love them. Absolutely do not us Treated Lumber. This will defeat the purpose of having a healthy garden and healthy vegetable. So don't skimp here.

    Author Notes:

    I was inspired to make this project because I love to garden but have neuropathy in my extremities making it very difficult to get off the ground once there. I have made myself 6 of these and am so pleased that I thought I'd share the pattern. perfect cuts are unnecessary as long as you are within 1/4 inch you will be okay.

    Shopping List:
    2 – 4×4 fir or cedar post (fir is cheaper and lasts nearly as long)
    2 – 1x8x8 cedar boards
    2 – 1x3x8 cedar boards
    1 – roll of 1/4″ hardware cloth 50×24″ (make sure to get hardware cloth with 1/4″ holes, 1/2 inch is too large and all your dirt will fall through)
    16 – 2 inch 14-20 hex bolts
    16 – washers
    16 – Threaded inserts (
    12 – 1 1/2 inch brass or galvanized screws

    measuring tape
    safety glasses
    hearing protection
    Miter Saw

    General Instructions:
    Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
    24″ x 48″ x 32″

    Cut List:
    Legs: cut the 4×4's into 4 – 32 inch legs
    Sides: cut one of the 1x8x8 into 2 – 48 inch lengths
    Ends: Cut one of the 1x8x8 into 2 – 24 inch lengths
    Bottom slats: cut the 2 – 1x3x8 into 6 24 inch lengths
    Bottom hardware cloth: cut the hardware cloth into a 24×50 inch rectangle.

    Read on to follow the 10 steps to build your own counter height garden boxes over at

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