How to build a tall garden planter because weeding sucks!

This is a counter-height planter I made for my mom so she could have a garden on her deck. Anyone who has ever endured the back breaking work of having a regular garden will love how easy this is to weed and won’t believe just how much you can grow in only 3×6 feet!

Difficulty Cost Time Age Person Event
$25 to $50
4 Hours
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Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    You will need 2x4s and a piece of steel, my steel ended up 68 inches long and then I just wrapped it up on the inside of the frame I built. As for the frame you will need some decent screws, I used 3” outdoor deck screws. I pounded about fifty holes in the bottom of the steel to create drainage and covered the edge of the steel with a second 2×4, essentially sandwiching the sharp steel between the 2×4 and the frame. In the future I would like to add a 1×4 to the top of the whole thing and cover up the “sandwich” situation but I didn’t have the material to do it at the time and no one seemed to notice or care. Of course, the raw edge bugs me.

  • Step 2

    If you’re wondering if the steel is strong enough to support all the dirt that will be in it the answer is a resounding yes. It is actually steel left over from our garage roof and it is incredibly durable. (I created the 2×4 sandwich because I wanted it extra tough.) The depth of the entire planter is about 2 feet and the piece of steel I had leftover was about 3 and ½ feet. I wanted to make sure it would be deep enough so my mom could grow onions and even carrots if she wanted to.

  • Step 3

    You can see I also raised the 2×4 frame around the bottom of the whole planter about an inch up the legs, so the only thing resting on her deck are the six 2×4 “feet” I figured the less wood actually sitting on her deck the better. Sorry I have no photos of “during” I was the only one doing this so I was the only one available to take pictures so, as usual, you get no pictures of me in action.

  • Step 4

    This was an extremely easy project and took me about an hour from start to finish and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering building one. My wood list was as follows:

    four 2x4s at 72” (two at the top two at the bottom)
    six 2x4s at 37” (the legs)
    eight 2x4s at 24” (two at the top two at the bottom and two at either end to keep the dirt in)
    two 2x4s at 68” (for the inside to sandwich the steel)
    Before we filled the planter with dirt we covered it with black weed fabric so our dirt wouldn’t plug our drainage holes. And there you have it! An easy to weed planter to grow just about anything!


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