But, oh, the payoff! Crafted of long-lasting cedar, this beauty deters both weeds and tunneling rodents, thanks to its landscape-fabric and hardware-cloth underpinnings. A strip of copper flashing repels slugs, while a few simple components – drip tubing, pipe straps – render the whole shebang ready for drip irrigation and hoop-house fittings. And at two feet tall, it accommodates plenty of productivity-boosting soil and a ledge that doubles as a back-saving bench. Sold? Let’s get started. Leather work gloves Protective eyewear Tape measure Circular saw* Carpenter’s speed square Tin snips* Scissors Power drill with assorted bits Ratchet with a 9/16″ socket Staple gun Hammer Post-hole digger Using the circular saw*, cut the 2x12s into four 4′-long pieces and four 7’9“-long pieces; cut the 4x4s into six 3′-long pieces; and cut the 2x8s into two 4’41/2“-long pieces and two 8’41/2“-long pieces. Using the speed square, cut the ends of the 2x8s at 45-degree angles so that the ends of the shorter and longer pieces will fit together, as shown opposite, top left and bottom. Using tin snips*, cut the hardware cloth to an 8′ length and cut the flashing into two 4“x 20′ pieces. Using scisso...