Raised garden beds are becoming more and more popular, and for very good reason. Today we thought we’d share some different ideas for raised garden bed designs. These raised garden bed ideas will hopefully inspire you to build your own in your backyard garden, whether you choose to go with a raised bed garden kit or DIY plan.
The Advantages of Raised Bed Gardening
When it comes to gardening, building a raised garden bed has many advantages. One of the main advantages is that it makes it much easier for water to drain. This is a very good thing when you are growing plants that do not do well in overly damp areas.
Another advantage? No kneeling on the ground to pull out weeds! With a raised bed design, you lower your risk of unwanted plants and grasses creeping in. While you’ll still want to use some mulch for different types of plants you might be growing, this can also really reduce the need for a lot of expensive mulch.
Almost any type of plant can grow in a raised garden bed environment. Whether you’re growing garlic or planning a vegetable garden, you are sure to find most plants find this type of environment ideal, especially if you need to use different types of soil for different beds!
You can also build it a way that will help deter many common garden pests and thieves. There are several garden ideas that include fencing around the raised bed, which can help keep away deer, rabbits, and other animals who might find your garden appetizing.
Here are 12 DIY Raised Garden Bed Ideas to Inspire You:
You are sure to find something you will love with these smart ideas for raised gardening bed kits, designs and plans. Stylish, practical and affordable – the perfect recipe for raised bed gardens!
These hardware kits by Ideal Garden Products are brackets which make it easy to assemble your own raised garden beds – you just have to supply the wood! The brackets are heavy duty municipal grade, perfect for any type of backyard gardening or even for a community garden. The hardware is specially formulated to be able to withstand even the toughest of gardening environments without rusting or causing the wood to rot. You just need to have the wood and assemble following the easy instructions and start gardening!
This gorgeous kit is a cedar raised garden bed and has a unique design that makes it for easy assembly and transport. It has an especially clever box design that will make assembly a snap. The corners use a special type of joins called Mortise & Tenon Joinery, which is basically a simple peg system that makes it super easy to put these together – no special hardware or tools required! You can get the one shown here – also available in a number of different styles and sizes!
Wooden Crates as Raised Garden Beds
This is a very nice and simple small raised bed garden. The biggest advantage to using a tall container such as this one is you will not have to bend down on your knees for weeding or for harvesting your vegetables! It is a very small garden bed, so would be ideal for small yards or if you are only planning on planting one type of crop.
This unique U-shaped garden planter by GardenInMinutes is a very clever design which maximizes space and gives you plenty of access to your plants. This also includes a very unique grid watering system, which makes it easy to care for your plants all season long. This is a full kit, complete with everything from the raised bed to the watering system components to even including heirloom seeds. If the idea of a gardening grid watering system intrigues you, they also have a number of additional sizes and shapes available.
Corrugated Metal Raised Garden Bed Plans
These raised garden boxes by Easy Gardeners are absolutely beautiful, functional and perfect for a number of different plants you may wish to grow! The best part? You can get the plans online to build them yourself!
In this example above, a corrugated metal container is used to create a small outdoor garden bed. This is a clever idea if you have access to corrugated metal, or you can purchase corrugated containers to use.
Simple DIY Box Ideas
This simple cold frame raised garden bed makes use of bubble wrap on a wooden frame to help insulate the plants. This is a good idea for if you are planting early. However, keep in mind that you may not want the panels in the summer months, as it could potentially cause some plants to scorch under the hot sun.
This is a very cute and simple garden box we found that would make it easy to have a raised bed garden. We like the added touch of a sign that reads, “My Garden”. How cute!
Basket Weave Twigs
Do you have a lot of fallen twigs and branches in your yard? We just cleaned up a ton today after a week full of storms! This is a great way to use these materials to build a garden bed. To make a bed like this, you would simply place large branches or poles about 1 foot apart and then weave the branches in and out around them.
It may take awhile to build a raised bed garden like this woven branch one, but the cost would be very little and easy enough to do since it would not require any power tools or heavy lumber.
Creative Reuse of Salvaged Building Materials
This raised garden bed idea is a beautiful repurposed old cast iron claw foot tub! While you tend to not get these all that easily or every single day, it certainly gets the ideas spinning for different ways you can incorporate a garden in your yard!
Elevated Garden Planters
This elevated redwood planter is perfect for herbs or small-scale vegetable or flower gardening and certainly is a beautiful addition to your home’s landscape! Be sure to also check out the other items from CustomRaisedGardens – they have many other beautiful items available, such as their cedar potting bench.
Another beautiful design by Timberlane Gardens, you’ll be sure to love this elevated tiered planter for herbs, vegetables, flowers and more! These planters are beautiful, functional, and perfect for small spaces, such as your patio or porch. You can get it here.
I hope these ideas inspire you to start your very own raised bed garden! Whether you decide to build your own DIY raised garden bed or use a raised garden bed kit or elevated planter, it can be a great way to make your gardening life easier and even more fun!
Do you have a favorite of all of these ideas shown here? Any other ideas for raised garden bed planters we should share? We’d love to hear your comments in the comments section below!