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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. )

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. ( 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 for 1 last update 2020/08/06 is made of 2×6 boards and 2×2 braces. The braces are optional supports that prevent the boards from warping or twisting.( BHG )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 )

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. ( 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: 6 )

8. DIY elevated wood garden boxes

3 the 1 last update 2020/08/06 variations of the elevated planter box: add shelves for storage or casters for mobility. Via Addicted2Decorating and Instructables.3 variations of the elevated planter box: add shelves for storage or casters for mobility. Via 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!

Detailed guide all about finding and working with pallets

12 & 13. Raised bed garden with fencing and benches.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Add fencing or even a door the 1 last update 2020/08/06 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 )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 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

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 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 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!

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 one 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 )

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Love these U-shape cinder block garden bed designs! ( Via Shelly Michel | Instructables )

28. Straw bale above ground garden beds

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 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

Below is a video on how it works.

If you have been thinking the 1 last update 2020/08/06 about starting a garden, I think a raised bed garden is a great way to go!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!

Happy building and growing! xo

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  1. Leslie

    I want to try these raised beds for tomoatoes, peppers, and maybe some strawberries. I’m pinning this, it’s a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Angie Angie

    I LOVE these! I want to plant some raised beds so badly. I’ve been thinking a lot about doing the tire ones. They seem easiest if I can find enough old tires.

  3. Jenn

    These are such great ideas. I the 1 last update 2020/08/06 LOVE the raised beds with the benches, what a great idea!! I have 4×4 raised beds in my garden and next year they’ll need to be replaced. I have some great inspiration for some new ones. Thanks so much for sharing!These are such great ideas. I LOVE the raised beds with the benches, what a great idea!! I have 4×4 raised beds in my garden and next year they’ll need to be replaced. I have some great inspiration for some new ones. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Carly @ FitLiving Eats

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    These are gorgeous and I have a dream of having raised beds in my backyard one day. However, I need to go to gardening school first, because for 1 last update 2020/08/06 I’m realizing I do not have a green thumb! Ha!These are gorgeous and I have a dream of having raised beds in my backyard one day. However, I need to go to gardening school first, because I’m realizing I do not have a green thumb! Ha!

  5. Aubrey

    There are some fantastic ideas in this post. The Mister and I have been talking about revamping our beds (though that will probably be in the fall); I’ll have to share a few of these ideas with him.

  6. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for LZ [email protected] The Summery Umbrella

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    YES. I would like one of each please! πŸ˜‰ Gorgeous list of raised bed gardens. I definitely need to invest a little bit of time in a few of them. My plants are getting too big for my pots already. Yikes!

  7. Marny

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE all these ideas. They are great ways yo save a little bit of toil on your back also! Thanks for taking the time to share.

  8. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Ann

    It’s always easier when doing something with for 1 last update 2020/08/06 tutorial! Thanks for sharing it here! I’m trying to make some raised beds for my garden and I hope things work well for me with your guide!It’s always easier when doing something with tutorial! Thanks for sharing it here! I’m trying to make some raised beds for my garden and I hope things work well for me with your guide!

  9. judy

    I like to comment on the instruction on how to build a raised bed. you should never use top soil it meant to be used to fill in hole in your lawn not raised beds you should use either garden soil or potting soil this give you vegetables ability spread their roots. I use a mixture of cow manure and garden soil, 3 parts soil to 1 part cow manure my plants love it.

  10. Marilyn Pryce-Rogers

    Thanks for such inspiring post we will definitely be using some of these ideas for next planting season….we recently converted our planting area to raised beds and vertical gardening and what a year we’ve had! Much higher yield….here in Londo there are lots of places where you can get free pallets, we pulled them apart (mostly the husband lol) save the nails and build raise beds and much more. Thanks again!!

  11. Adam Scott

    Hello Ananda, It’s a great list. My the 1 last update 2020/08/06 favorite number 5. thanks!Hello Ananda, It’s a great list. My favorite number 5. thanks!

  12. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for johnybahi

    Stunning! These contemplations are so cool! Thankful to you for sharing! I wish I could DIY these raised bed garden as they did. There are for 1 last update 2020/08/06 some wonderful musings in this post.Stunning! These contemplations are so cool! Thankful to you for sharing! I wish I could DIY these raised bed garden as they did. There are some wonderful musings in this post.

  13. faisal

    This is so helpful because we just started vegetable gardening! Raised beds are our next projects because they look great and have so many benefits!

  14. julie

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    Affordable, easy & efficient way to create a beautiful and productive garden! Love these raised bed ideas!

  15. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Ray

    This post is very informative, I am inspired to build some raised beds for our vegetable garden this spring!

  16. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Jan

    Wow, What an excellent post on raised bed gardens! We really appreciate all the information on soil and gopher etc, that will help a lot in our backyard!

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