28 Best DIY raised bed garden ideas: easy tutorials & designs to build raised beds or vegetable & flower garden box planters with inexpensive materials!
In case you missed part 1, here it is. It covers the important basics of building a productive raised bed, such as planning, material selections, designs and tips on how to fill your raised beds!
Today we will look at some inspiring DIY raised bed projects, such as simple wood raised beds, no-build fabric planters, easy cinder block garden beds, and many creative garden box ideas. ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
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Before we jump in, I do want to share that soil building is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of a great raised bed: soil building!
This book Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling talks about a great method to build soil using readily available materials, without too much hard work!
Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens ( Images: Ecofilms |Millhollow Works | Polivka )
1. Simple raised bed with 4×4 posts
A simple construction of raised bed using 4×4 posts. Cedar and redwood are naturally rot resistant, which would be great choices here. ( Image: Vegetable Gardener )
2. Super easy fabric raised planters
I am always excited to discover new raise bed designs and ideas! Theses fabric planters are so easy to install and you can have a raised bed garden without any building skills! You can also find many size fabric pots from 1 gallon to 30 gallon! Below is a video by High Caliper Growing to see it in action!
3. How to build simple wood garden boxes
This raised bed is made of 2×6 boards and 2×2 braces. The braces are optional supports that prevent the boards from warping or twisting.( Image: BHG )
4. Raised bed garden with hoop house attachments.
A raised bed with a greenhouse tunnel on top! Love the addition of PVC pipes held upright to the inside of the bed with steel tube straps like these. A hoop house can be created using smaller diameter PVC or wires. ( Image: Sunset)
5. Easy DIY raised garden box designs
Add 2×4 or 2×6 caps to give these raised beds an attractive look. (Source: Chris loves Julia | Popular Mechanics )
6. Stacked wood raised garden planter box
Remember these gorgeous raised beds from Part one: All About Raised Garden Beds? They are made from 4x6s. Below is a tutorial on how to make the from 6x6s, which is the same process.
7. Waist height raised planter ideas
Building the raised bed to a counter height of 36″ will make it so much easier to garden for people who have physical discomfort such as back or knee pains.
Two really simple and nice DIY raised beds. I would increase the depth on the first one, and add weed barrier landscape fabric at the bottom to both. ( Source: Instructables )
8. DIY elevated wood garden boxes
3 variations of the elevated planter box: add shelves for storage or casters for mobility. Images: Addicted2Decorating and Instructables.
9 & 10. Portable raised planter boxes
There are lots of attractive garden box variations. You can add wheels or shleves to make them more user friendly. (Source: Ebay | Gardeners)
11. Elevated pallet wood planters
Wouldn’t this beautiful planter at Williams Sonoma make a great gift for a garden lover? If you are thinking about DIY, someone at Instructables figured out how to build these beautiful raised beds using pallets!
Here’s our favorite tool for taking apart pallets – an awesome deck wrecker!
And a detailed guide all about finding and working with pallets!
12 & 13. Raised bed garden with fencing and benches.
Video tutorial on how to build a raised bed with benches!
Add fencing to your raised beds to keep out deer and rabbits! You can also add benches to a raised bed for the perfect place to sit and enjoy the garden, or set tools and snacks for the gardener! ( Images: Bonnie Plants )
14 & 15. Tiered raised bed planters for patio and porch
This stepped wood planter herb garden looks beautiful in a corner space and This ladder shaped tiered planter is great for small space growing.
16, 17 & 18. Use inexpensive or free materials to build your raised bed gardens
Tree logs can provide just the right height for a raised bed. Terracotta pipes become little pots and walls for a raised bed. Or build this chic raised bed with cobble stones and landscape block construction adhesive
19. DIY galvanized metal raised bed
Corrugated metal raised bed looks so gorgeous! Just be very careful- they can be sharp on the cut edges. Use wood trim to cover the cut sharp edges when building! (Via MK Library)
20. Wood and metal raised garden bed
Another great looking variation of DIY metal planter box. ( Source: Aristata )
21. Galvanized metal garden boxes with trellis
Add a trellis structure to a raised planter for added function and curb appeal! (Via Plantlust | Blueberry Hill )
22. Trough raised bed
Isn’t this galvanized tank planter bed stylish? Don’t forget to drill some drain holes!
23. Used tires upcycled into raised garden planters
An used tire can become an instant raised bed garden. These painted tires are so cheerful and pretty! Many gardeners do not think it’s good to grow vegetables and food crops in old tires as there could be harmful chemicals leached ino the soil. But you can always grow ornamental gardens in rubber tires!
24 – 26. Concrete block raised beds
Concrete block (aka cinderblock, CMU ) are great building materials for DIY raised beds. You can make lots of creative designs with them. The first one is by VermiBag on YouTube, see video tutorial below. ( The second image is from Pinterest, original source lost. Please let me know if you find it! )
You can add caps to make your cinder block raised beds more attractive, and double function as a seating bench. ( Via Fab Everyday )
Concrete blocks filled with soil make a sturdy border and additional planting pockets. The key is to take the time and prepare the ground to be level. ( Source: Houzz )
Love these U-shape cinder block garden bed designs! ( Via Instructables | Shelly Michel )
28. Straw bale above ground garden beds
There are two ways to create raised beds with straw bales. The one above uses straw bales as a border. The method below uses straw bales as vessel and growing medium to grow a productive raised bed vegetable garden.
The pioneer of this method, Joel Karsten, wrote an excellent book – Straw Bale Gardens Complete , which gives all the details on straw bale gardening.
Straw Bale Gardens Complete Book ( Images from book by Joel Karsten )
Below is a video on how it works.
If you have been thinking about starting a garden, I think a raised bed garden is a great way to go!
You may also like these 32 creative planters made from up-cycled objects:
And 21 DIY greenhouses with great tutorials.
Or this article on how to find, select and build with pallets!
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