Last week when I posted All About Raised Bed Part 1 HERE, I was thrilled to find many of you who share the enthusiasm for raised bed gardens!
Here’s Part two: 28 inspiring raised bed projects, from simple wood raised beds to many creative variations. ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
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 soil building.
Before we jump in, I do want to share that soil building is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of a great raised bed. This book Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! talks about a great method to build soil using readily available materials, without too much hard work!
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. ( Vegetable Gardener )
2 . Simple raised bed with outside posts and braces.
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.( BHG )
3. Raised bed 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. ( Sunset)
4. Raised beds with cap.
5. Stacked wood raised bed
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.
6-10. Waist height raised bed
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.
11. Stylish wood raised bed 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!
12 & 13. Raised beds with fencing and benches.
Add fencing or even a door to your raised beds to keep out deer and rabbits! You can purchase kits or make your own version. 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! ( Bonnie )
14, 15. Tiered raised bed planters
16-18. Use readily available materials to build your raised bed garden
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, 20. Galvanized metal raised bed
21. Trough raised bed
Isn’t this stylish? Don’t forget to drill some drain holes!
22, 23. Used tires upcycled into raised beds
24 – 26. Concrete block raised bed gardens
Concrete blocks ( aka. cinder block, CMU ) 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: 24 | 25 | 26: source lost. If you know the original source, please let me know! )
27 & 28. Straw bale raised bed gardens
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.
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:
Happy growing! xo