Thanks to casters and a built-in handle, this roomy portable planter can be moved around your driveway or deck to take advantage of anywhere you have sun and a bit of extra space. It’s perfect for growing greens and herbs, but the soil is also deep enough that plants that need more space, like peppers or broccoli, will thrive in it as well. What’s more, this great-looking planter can be painted or stained to complement the look of your home and landscape. For best results, use premium quality soil made specially for raised bed growing, such as Miracle-Gro® Raised Bed Soil, and feed plants regularly with a continuous-release plant food like Miracle-Gro® Shake ‘n Feed® Tomato, Fruit & Vegetable Plant Food. On this page, you’ll find a slideshow with instructions, a how-to video, and a link to download a printable PDF guide. If you have tools and experience, feel free to cut the lumber yourself. If not, when you purchase it, ask the folks at your local home improvement store to cut it for you.
Estimated time: 2.5 hours (less if you have wood pre-cut)
Project difficulty: Easy
List of tools
- Miter saw or circular saw*
- Drill/driver with #10 countersink bit and 1½” spade or Forstner bit
- Staple gun
- Measuring tape
* or can have lumber pre-cut at home improvement store per dimensions in Parts List
List of materials
- 7 – 1’ x 4’ x 8’ boards
- 1 – 2’ x 2’ x 8’ board
- 7 – 2’ x 4’ x 8’ boards
- 2 – 2’ x 6’ x 8’ boards
- ¾” galvanized staples
- 1¼” deck screws
- 1¼”washer-head lath screws
- 2½” deck screws
- 3” deck screws
- 4 – 2½”heavy-duty lockable swivel casters
- Galvanized hardware cloth
- Landscaping cloth
- 6 bags of Miracle-Gro® Raised Bed Soil
Parts list (see Cutting Diagram below)
|Post rails||2||1½ x 3½ x 39|
|Posts||4||1½ x 3½ x 27⅛|
|Mid stretcher||1||1½ x 3½ x 21½|
|Long stretchers||2||1½ x 3½ x 36|
|Bottom short rails||2||1½ x 3½ x 27½|
|End stretchers||2||1½ x 3½ x 17½|
|Short bottom slats||2||¾ x 3½ x 36|
|Long bottom slats||5||¾ x 3½ x 39|
|Wide long rails||2||1½ x 5½ x 39|
|Top long rails||2||1½ x 3½ x 39|
|Mid long rails||4||¾ x 3½ x 39|
|Bottom long rails||2||1½ x 3½ x 39|
|Handle supports||2||1½ x 5½ x 35½|
|Handle||1||1½ x 1½ x 39|
|Top short rails||2||1½ x 3½ x 27½|
|Mid short rails||4||¾ x 3½ x 26|
- Use the parts list and cutting diagram as references for part dimensions. Cut the parts as needed for each step. Cut a 45-degree miter on both corners of one end of the handle supports, 1⅜” from the corners. Drill countersunk pilot holes for each screw.
- Position a post rail flush with the ends of two posts and attach using 3” deck screws, as shown in Figure 1. Repeat to create two assemblies.
- Center the mid stretcher between the two long stretchers, as shown in Figure 2, then attach using 3” deck screws.
- Position the mid stretcher-long stretcher assembly 6⅛” from the post rails, as shown in Figure 3, and attach using 3” deck screws.
- Position a bottom short rail on top of an end stretcher, as shown in Figure 4, and attach using 2½” deck screws. Repeat to create two assemblies.
- Position the end stretcher-bottom short rail assemblies on the posts, as shown in Figure 5, then attach using 2½” deck screws.
- Using a spade or Forstner bit, drill three to four 1½” drainage holes in each of the short bottom slats and long bottom slats. Position the slats as shown in Figure 6, and attach to the stretchers using 1¼” deck screws.
- Position the long rails in sequence, as shown in Figure 7, and attach to the posts using 3” deck screws for everything except the mid long rails; use 1¼” deck screws for those.
- Starting on one end, position and attach a handle support and top short rail using 2½” deck screws, and the mid short rails using 1¼” deck screws, as shown in Figure 8. Attach the handle to the handle support using a 3” deck screw. Repeat on the other side.
- Flip the assembly over and attach the casters to the post rails using 1¼” washer-head lath screws, as shown in Figure 9.
- Cut hardware cloth and landscaping fabric to fit the inside of the planter, as shown in Figure 10. Staple the hardware cloth, then staple the landscaping fabric on top. Fill with potting soil.
- Height: 31⅛”
- Width: 42”
- Length: 35½”
Design by Chris Hill.