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 durable and 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. For more on growing your own food, check out this complete guide to vegetable gardening for beginners, and 35 creative container vegetable garden ideas!
Before we explore all the best DIY raised garden beds, the first thing to keep in mind is: soil building is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of a great raised bed garden!
Here are some of the best ways to make compost for your garden, and 35 great DIY compost bin ideas. One of our favorite composting methods is to dig in kitchen scraps each week, and they turn into compost after 1-2 weeks!
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This book Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling talks about a great method to build good soil using readily available materials, such as kitchen scraps, cardboard, mulch, yard trimmings etc, without too much hard work!
Now let’s look at how to build DIY raised beds to grow abundant veggies herbs and flowers in our backyard gardens!
Simple raised bed with 4×4 posts
A simple construction of wood raised bed using 4×4 posts and 2×6 boards. Cedar and redwood are naturally rot-resistant, and great lumber choices for years of gardening. ( Image: Vegetable Gardener )
As you can see the hardware cloth keeps pests such as gophers from eating the plants.
Super easy fabric raised planters
I am always excited to discover new & inexpensive raised garden bed ideas and designs! 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!
These small and portable raised beds are great for lettuce, peas, beans, herbs, salad greens, onions, etc. For veggies with deep root system such as potatoes and carrots, you will want to use a raised bed without a bottom or make it deeper.
How to build simple wood garden boxes
This raised bed is made of 2×6 planks and 2×2 braces. The braces are optional supports that prevent the boards from warping or twisting.( Image: BHG )
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)
Easy DIY raised garden box designs
Add 2×4 or 2×6 caps to give these raised beds an attractive look. These open bottom raised beds are good for growing anything, including veggies with deep root system such as potatoes and carrots. (Source: Chris loves Julia | Popular Mechanics )
Stacked wood raised garden planter box
Waist height raised planter ideas
Building the raised bed to a counter height of 36″ will make it so much easier to garden for seniors, and people who have physical discomfort in their back or knees.
DIY elevated wood garden boxes
Portable raised planter boxes
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 wood pallets!
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 )
Tiered raised bed planters for patio and porch
Use inexpensive or free materials to build durable 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
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)
Wood and metal raised garden bed
Another great looking variation of DIY metal planter box. ( Source: Aristata )
Galvanized metal garden boxes with trellis
Trough raised bed
Isn’t this farmhouse galvanized tank planter bed stylish? Don’t forget to drill some drain holes!
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!
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 )
Straw bale above ground garden beds
IMPORTANT: ( Thanks to our reader Jonh for this tip!) If you are interested in using strawbale in your vegetable garden, please make sure the straw comes from a field that wasn’t sprayed with persistent herbicides, which can inhibit plant growth! The best places to get straw bales for gardening is from local farms that practice sustainable, organic, or regenerative farming!
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:
Happy building and growing! xo