67 Amazing Raised Bed Gardening Ideas

Multi-tier raised beds with colourful flowering plants.

It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or a green thumb gardener, raised beds are an excellent solution for growing fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals, particularly to people with limited space.

In a raised bed garden, you don’t have to bend over to weed or reach the plants. You will surely consider the fun involved in planting and harvesting in your garden with this approach.

Aside from providing natural comfort, especially to elderly gardeners, raised bed gardening is a beneficial and inexpensive activity that can add style to your home.

Some create a homely and charming design that highlights the captivating beauty of growing vegetables, edible herbs, and some flowering plants.

Raised bed gardens differ in design. Some build the structures in large containers, wood, stone and even concrete materials.

So you will find them in many forms. Others showcase them in a freestyle design, and you too can organize them according to your liking.

The cost varies on how you prefer your raised beds. You can set them up based on how elaborate you want it to be, but once in place, you will find raised bed gardening is ideal for people who like to garden but have a limited budget.

Raised bed gardens are economical to maintain compared to traditional ones, and they too offer a lot of benefits.

To help you understand more clearly, you can also check the article How To Build A Raised Bed Vegetable Garden – Everything You Need To Know.

Let’s get to our list! You can scroll through these specific categories below depending on what you might be looking for.



Wooden Raised Bed Gardens

Although wood is one of the most common materials you can use for creating raised beds, some people are hesitant to use them. They are worried about the safety of consuming their edible plants. And we already know that chemically treated wood that leaches arsenic is banned.

However, heat-treated wood is certified safe for organic planting. It doesn’t contain chemical treatment that may leach into the soil.

You can also opt to use untreated wood. It deteriorates much quicker, making your edible plants grow safe, and you have to replace them for about two to five years at the most.

Another option you can also try is cedar and redwood. These types of wood are more rot-resistant and can last longer. But using this type of material will cost you a bit more.


1) Side Yard Raised Bed Garden

Rectangular wooden raised garden bed.

This wooden raised bed garden is spacious enough to cultivate some vegetables, herbs, and ornamental flowers.

The natural charm of the wood blends harmoniously with other surrounding elements, making it the focal point that fascinates every viewer.

This rectangular raised bed garden is built naturally yet with a solid structure that will surely last for several years.


2) Therapeutic Raised Bed Gardens

Wooden raised garden beds in an octagon shape.

These outdoor raised bed gardens are specially designed as a therapeutic garden.

The beds are visually appealing and designed to meet the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the people using the garden.

The technique of using companion planting to invite more friendly wildlife and to preserve the therapeutic effect of these raised beds is the primary focus of the garden’s landscape.

To imitate the idea and let your family, particularly the elderly, experience the therapeutic effect of these raised bed gardens is gift-worthy.


3) Three-Tiered Wooden Raised Bed

Three-tiered wooden raised bed.
Image by: balconygardenweb.com

This three-tiered wooden raised bed garden is ideal with limited spaces. You can place them on a patio or balcony or allocate an area in a small backyard.

Growing vegetables, herbs and ornamental plants in a raised bed planter will allow you to experience the fun of gardening at home and enjoy homegrown produce.


4) Wooden Planters With Chic Backdrop

Three wooden planters with backdrops.
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The three rectangular structured raised beds with a classic wooden backdrop are perfect for holding succulents, flowering plants, mason jars and many more.

You can display your creative arrangement in the wooden planters and showcase the glam of your raised bed, making them the focal point in your garden.


5) Rectangular Colored Garden Boxes

Growing vegetables in rectangular blue wooden raised beds.

The contrasting color of mulch, greens, and brightly painted raised garden boxes can make the backyard livelier.

You can try the idea and pop several planters like this in your open space. You can also arrange to grow herbs and vegetables of your preference.


6) Raised Bed With Built-in Benches

Wooden raised bed with side benches.
Image by: epicgardening.com

This elegant wooden raised bed is designed especially for the elderly. It has built-in benches where you can sit as you weed, water, plants or harvest in your garden.

This idea can be a perfect gift to elderly gardeners or to anyone who loves a stylish and elegant raised bed garden.

If you prefer to build it yourself, it will only take you a half-day to finish the project, especially if you have woodworking experience.


7) When Raised Bed and Traditional Garden Merge

The U shape wooden raised bed merge with a traditional garden.
Image by: homestratosphere.com

The combination of a raised bed and the traditional garden layout makes this idea exceptional.

You can place herbs like rosemary and fanciful flowering plants in the U-shape wood planters while growing bigger vegetables like rhubarb, watermelons, tomatoes, and pumpkins in the conventional in-ground garden.


8) The Mobile Urban Garden

Tomato garden inside the glass frame.

If you live in urban areas, limited space shouldn’t hinder your passion for gardening.

Why not mimic this mobile garden idea. It will allow you to have a movable decorative garden as you enjoy the fun of gardening.

The mobile garden idea consists of an inexpensive hydroponic system at the base of the structure and readily available construction materials. It is easy to mimic its design too.


9) Inexpensive Raised Beds

Two wooden raised beds with a terracotta pot next to them.
Image by: slickgarden.com

If wildlife animals want to enjoy the rewards of your hard work before you do, but you don’t want a fence around your garden, why not try to raise the bed together and make it visually appealing like this.

The raised bed will also help enhance the atmosphere of your backyard, and if you have a limited budget, you can build one by using a wood pallet.


10) Multi-Layered Raised Bed Garden

Multi-tier raised beds with colourful flowering plants.

This multi-layered raised bed will allow you to enjoy the modern look of your garden.

The idea will allow you to customize the shapes and sizes of the raised beds according to your preference.

The creator enhances the colourful garden by adding illuminating lights to showcase the beauty and charm of the garden at night.

Considering this idea can be the envy of many as you socialize with friends in your garden, especially at night.


11) The Rustic Garden Box

Rustic wooden raised bed with growing vegetables.

This rustic wooden box features a natural warmth of wood and an excellent addition to your home.

You can arrange varieties of plants in different forms, shapes, and shades to create a rustic themed backyard.

This raised garden box is also ideal for a nature-inspired garden. Fill the bed with lush greens to highlight the atmosphere of your home.


12) Neatly Fenced Organized Garden Beds

Eight wooden raised beds inside the fence.
Image by: homestratosphere.com

Everyone will surely appreciate organized garden beds like these. Each bed is spacious enough that can accommodate a sufficient volume of vegetables while making weeding and harvesting much more convenient. Also the fence around the garden protects your plants from pesky critters.


13) The Round Plank Flower Bed

The plank round raised bed.
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Another fascinating garden bed idea is the round shape flower bed using the wood plank. It radiates its natural charm by highlighting the beauty of ornamental maple and flowering yellow chrysanthemum along with the sage. The contrasting stalk of green onions and juniper makes the garden visually appealing.


Metal Raised Bed Gardens

Galvanized metal is also gaining popularity as a raised garden bed, but some people may ask, are they really safe as raised beds? 

The answer to such questions is yes, they are. Most garden soils are neutral, and since it requires acidity to break down the zinc coating of the galvanized steel, using them as the raised garden bed has no impact, either to the soil or to plants.

The galvanized steel raised bed is durable, sturdy, and can last for decades. Besides, they can add style and evoke the ranching vibes of the garden’s landscape.

Raised garden beds constructed out of galvanized steel doesn’t get too hot even under the full sun. 

The damp soil inside the bed is the cooling factor making your vegetable garden free from baking, particularly if you water them frequently.


14) Stock Tank Raised Bed Garden

Three galvanized steel raised beds.
Image by: momwithaprep.com

Many people now prefer galvanized -metal stock tanks to be used as raised bed gardens. It requires no assembly, but you have to drill the bottom part to provide drainage holes before adding the soil.

The tank is deep enough to grow bigger vegetables like tomatoes and artichokes. They are rust-resistant that can also add a contemporary effect to your garden.


15) The Combination Of Functions And Beauty

Corrugated galvanized steel raised bed with wooden frame in U shape.
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Many find the galvanized steel raised beds a combination of beauty and functions.
However, you have to consider a few factors if you opt to build a raised bed using the corrugated galvanized steel. But if you have experience in some woodworking, doing it yourself is no problem at all.

Galvanized steel raised bed gardens can last for about 30 long years or more. Unlike Stainless steel that reacts with saltwater resulting in rust, galvanized steel is ideal even if you live near marine environments due to its protective layer against carbon steel.


16) The Half-Moon Inspired Garden

Corrugated galvanized steel raised bed with black flexible hose lining.
Image by: instructables.com

Another impressive design you can try using galvanized steel is the C shaped raised bed garden. It will not only provide you homegrown produce, but it will also enhance the ambiance of your lawn aesthetically.


17) Make Them Exceptional

Two galvanized steel raised beds painted brown.
Image by: mostcraft.com

Another approach you can take for your raised bed garden is by changing the color of your container. It will make the focal point of your garden and make your garden more lively. You can also experiment with different shades according to your preference.


18) The Tunnel Of Greens

Six galvanized steel raised beds accentuated with trellises to form green tunnels.

Another impressive idea you can try is a raised bed of tunnel greenery. You can grow climbing vines, peas, tomatoes, and other vegetables on these trellises. When they grow in summer, it will generate a tunnel of greens where you and your family can enjoy.


19) Brilliant In U Shape

U shape and small square galvanized steel raised beds.

The idea of this corrugated galvanized steel raised bed in U shape will provide you with easier access across the entire raised garden and fewer efforts in reaching weeds and plants.

You can also grow flowering plants or herbs of your choice at the small raised bed to make the most of the space. It helps enhance the appearance of your yard, aside from providing you homegrown produce.


20) Contemporary Self Watering Raised Garden 

This contemporary raised bed in galvanized steel is self-watering. The gardener’s creativity makes the garden able to conserve water and keep the plants healthy all year-round.

It contains a reservoir that provides water for several days, particularly in the summer. It keeps the roots moist and prevents stunt growth throughout the plant’s cycle.

Self-watering raised bed gardens are excellent for conditions where watering is infrequent. It usually happens in situations where nobody is present over holiday periods or during school vacations to water the garden beds.


21) Boat Inspired Raised Garden Beds

A group of corrugated galvanized steel raised beds in a boat-inspired shape.

The raised beds idea above is ideal for spacious yards. It can provide lots of homegrown produce and will help improve the appearance of your backyard stylishly.

The idea does not cost as much as you think. If you are a handy person, then why not try to mimic these raised gardens out of minimal materials.

The corrugated galvanized steel is flexible, and it’s easy to customize them in any shape you wish.

All you have to do is screw each piece together according to the shape of your choice and voila! You now have your raised bed garden ready for the planting.


22) Two-Tiered Circular Raised Bed

Two-tiered round galvanized steel raised bed.
Image by: sunset.com

This round two-tiered galvanized steel raised bed is suitable for several types of plants. The top tier is ideal for growing bigger plants like tomatoes and artichokes, while the one below is appropriate for plants with shallow roots.

You can’t go wrong with the round shape as every tier is spacious enough to grow plants of your choice.

You can also take advantage of the elevated design by arranging visually appealing plants like colorful flowering herbs and many more. The circular raised garden design is fully functional and visually appealing.


23) Two-Tiered Rectangular Raised Bed

Two-tiered square galvanized steel raised bed.
Image by: mif-garden.com

This galvanized steel raised bed can withstand extreme weather. It is more sturdy than wood or plastic alternatives in gardening. It can also withstand termite infestation and animals digging holes like rabbits.

Also, this type of raised garden is very light in weight and easy to move whenever you need to move them from one place to another. You can customize them to blend in with any garden landscape and it is spacious enough to accommodate various flowering plants and vegetables.


Tire Planter Ideas

Every year, as people keep on rolling, there are also a few numbers of tire that wears out and ends as a scrap.

But those scraps can provide an exceptionally growing space. They only need a few tricks of twisting and twirling, and with your unlimited creativity, they will end up adding a style to your backyard where you and your children will surely love.

Gardening using scrap tires is a great way to utilize and convert old tires. It is a lot more beneficial and eco-friendly than letting them end up in the landfill.

If you have limited space, creating a raised garden bed out of old used tires is one of the best ways to make the most of a small garden plot and likely to increase your homegrown produce.


24) Beautify The Garden With Old Car Tires

Colorful tire planters.

You can also use old car tires to enhance the beauty of your backyard. You can paint them to make a more attractive raised garden, and your kids will surely love to grow flowering plants in them.

Some are skeptical of working with a tire, but with a little experiment and choosing the right plants appropriate for them, you can enjoy the potential of old used tires.


25) The Impressive Modification

Tire planter with flowering plants carried by horse structure built out of tire.

The use of old tires as garden containers will not only create a new advantage for discarded old tires. Creative gardeners paint and arrange them to suit their garden’s layout and theme.

If you live in an area where poor soil conditions make it hard for you to garden, you can try to mimic this idea.

You can either grow chosen herbs or plants that help repels mosquitoes away and make your home dengue-free while the raised bed itself helps improve the look of your yard aesthetically.


26) Grow Your Food Inexpensively

Vertical lines of tire planters with growing vegetables. Image by: mcgill.ca

You will find tires to be convenient containers for growing plants. You can fill them quickly with soil and compost, and it is also easy to manage the existing weeds with it.

However, many people worry about the possible chemical leach out of tires that can likely harm people who eat those grown vegetables. But because the growing extent of vegetables is relatively short, the potential leaching from tires is very slow.

It is also best to place your raised garden in partial shade to lessen the chance of chemicals seeping into your edible plants.

Also, the possible risk of leach can be reduced by lining the tires with plastic before filling the soil in. Besides, if you use the tire container to grow flowering plants, there will be no issue of toxicity.


27) Tea Cup Planter

Two pink teacup planters with flowering plants.
Image by: backyardboss.net

The idea of turning your old tires into teacup flower planters can be a focal point of your garden. Its vibrant colors will transform the overall atmosphere of your yard.

In addition to that, it is eye-catching, making your friends and kids love to drop by and be inspired to make their yard gorgeous and attractive too.


28) Attention-Grabber Duck Garden Bed

Tire duck structure painted white.
Image by: lushome.com

With your imagination and a slight modification, you can turn old tires into a beautiful container bed for vibrant flowering plants. You can create them to be an exceptional, eco-friendly, and a perfect tire planter for your garden.


29) Showcase Your Innovative Skills With Tire Planters

Park theme with colorful tractor tires with growing vegetables.
Image by: Valerie Everett-Flicker

Playing a variety of colors available to make your tire planters pop in your garden will give you more excitement to beautify your garden.

Mixing shades and designing your tire planters is a fun activity to showcase your innovative skills and create a unique theme for your garden space.


Cheap Raised Bed Gardens

Are you the type of person who always tries to take an economical approach to life and always on the lookout for smart ideas to save money?

This approach in life can also be quite helpful in your passion for growing vegetables.

If you happen to consider preparing a garden for the coming growing season and are worried about the necessary maintenance and improvements that come along with it, you need not worry. The idea of using wattle works is an excellent way to achieve your goals.

The technique of weaving wattles is an ancient method for constructions. The concept of using them as raised bed gardens is not only practical, but will also make your garden neat and aesthetically delightful.

This environmentally friendly and sustainable source of materials is an excellent way to improve your garden that you can also try.


30) Showcase Refinement And Quality

Sideyard wattle raised bed with the wooden frame structure.
Image by: thesticksmith.co.uk

Another raised bed gardening idea you can also try is the natural and rustic look of this robust wattle raised bed. The project showcases beauty and quality, and all the other details are secured locally with sustainable materials.


31) Make Your Garden Magical

Boat-inspired wattle raised bed.

If you are a gardener with an enchanting theme in mind when designing your garden, a raised bed, built out of twigs woven together is an excellent addition to your yard.

They have a basket-like fashion and an eco-friendly natural look that can make your garden visually enchanting.


32) The Stunning Rustic Wattle

One rectangular and two square wattle raised beds.Image by: insteading.com

If you need a garden makeover, yet your budget is limited, why not try adding a woven wattle to your garden.

Wattle work is relatively easy and inexpensive. By gathering an adequate amount of materials like sticks and branches which are often free, you can create a stunning rustic raised bed. However, it is best to use young willow or any available branches as long as they are flexible.


33) The  Curb Appeal of  Wattle Boxes

Four box shapes of wattles raised beds.

The charming and elegant appeal of woven wattle raised beds is undeniable, and to create them is relatively easy. Wattle can insulate young seedlings by blocking the destructive wind.

Crafting wattles for creating a raised garden is also popular. Once cut, its regrowth is ready to use after two to three seasons, making it a sustainable and renewable resource for free.


34) The Elegance of Wattle Raised Bed

Two square wattles raised bed with trellises.
Image by: raised.glupub.com

To mimic this idea, you’ll need a long and slender pile of willow branches. Next, weave them between the stakes at a distance of about 45 cm from each other to create wattle walls.

When the structure is complete, you can add a burlap covering on the inside to prevent the soil from coming out. If burlap is not available, you can also use a garden cloth as an alternative.


35) Chic And Spacious Wattle Raised Garden

One square shape wattles raised bed with growing lettuce.

The quick-growing willow and hazel trees offer a plentiful supply of natural materials that you can work with in your garden. By weaving the flexible stems, you can create a stunning structure like raised garden beds.

The best part of creating this project is that it can be made free, easy to learn and to do. Even the kids can help with this type of garden project.


Brick & Stone Ideas

The technique of creating raised garden beds out of stacked stones is quite basic, and they’re remarkably easy to build. All you have to do is stack them alternately so they won’t fall over. Here are some bricks and stones raised bed ideas you may want to try.


36) The Stunning Stone Raised Garden

Round raised bed built out of boulders and stones.Image by: homestratosphere.com

Creating a raised bed garden isn’t for the sole purpose of growing food alone.  Attractive garden beds can also have a practical purpose, particularly in urban areas.

In the city, a Japanese garden-inspired raised bed is also one of the many ways to keep your yard stunning and make your viewers happy. Besides, it is a lot easier to maintain a raised garden bed than a traditional one.


37) Field Stones Raised Bed Garden

Simple raised bed built out of fieldstone.
Image by: diynetwork.com

If field stones are abundant and available in your area, you can utilize them too. However, you have to pick flat shapes so they will sit firmly and securely. If you find a lot of gaps in your stack, you can fill them with smaller rocks or add some mortar paste.


38) Spiral Herb Garden

Raised bed built out of boulders and stone with spiral design.
Image by: thespruce.com

To mimic the spiral garden idea, start by cutting a small trench about 1-2 inches deep. Pick an average size stone and arrange them around the perimeter.

Make sure to stagger them all in place one by one. You can add some mortar paste to ensure they are set in place and secure.

You can fill the small gaps later by adding small rocks to secure it more firmly.


39) Brick Raised Garden Bed

Sideyard round raised bed garden.
Image by: farmfoodfamily.com

Bricks are great to work with because you can adjust them in any shape you prefer. You can create them in rectangular, circular, or a freestyle organic structure.

The raised bed garden constructed out of bricks is sturdy enough for planting up to two feet high. Anything higher will require double walling.

Also, it will take time to be familiar and excellent in bricklaying, but the results will be worth the effort. Once you’ve finished the project, you will be proud of your landscaping that will surely last long.


40) The Rock Garden

The round rock raised bed garden.
Image by: insteading.com

If you consider building a rock garden, you have to think carefully about which rocks fit best together and to make them firmly secure. The one to determine this is the natural shape of the rocks.

You don’t have to worry about the rocks falling. The rocks won’t fall unless you pile them teeter-totter style.


41) Freestyle Stone Raised Garden

Combination of red, yellow and green plants growing in freestyle raised bed garden.
Image by: greenandgrowing.org

The freestyle raised garden bed features boulders fitted to create a simple framework for planting. This simple mound garden requires very little watering. You can also arrange them any way you want it and allow your plants to spread across the entire bed.


42) Zen-Inspired Spiral Garden

Spiral shape raised bed with fieldstone and mulch.
Image by: hometalk.com

To mimic the idea of the spiral vegetable garden, you have to mark the pattern first. Next, dig a trench to lay down the foundation with stones available in your area. (Remember that stones are expensive and will cost you a lot if you opt to buy them.)

You can gradually add some dirt while stacking the stones to support the pile. By doing so, you can fill the gap between the rocks and secure the stone to hold in place. Voila! You can now start planting!


43) The Multi-functional Stone Raised Garden

Side yard raised bed garden with growing cauliflower.
Image by: lushome.com

Many people know that raised beds are a beautiful and an excellent addition to many gardens. They add impact to your garden, aside from providing to plants adding protection against harmful organisms.

The structure of this stone raised garden bed provides convenient access, especially to elderly gardeners, when tending the plants. They also become a good place to rest when gardeners are tired of weeding.


44) The Timeless Beauty Of Stone

Three sets of stone raised beds.

Nothing can compete for timeless beauty, strength and the tranquil sense of natural stone.

In the raised bed idea above, the stones harmoniously blend the softer lines and curves of the garden structure. Besides, they incorporate unique colors and textures, making it easy to be naturally stylish and original.


45) The Therapeutic Outdoor Raised Garden

Three sets of oval raised beds with wooden pergola.

The opportunity to relax and enjoy outdoors next to the lush plants with a therapeutic background is a privilege desired by nature-lovers.

To replicate the idea of these raised garden beds structured in natural stone is not hard. They are durable, practical, and contribute a lot of possibilities, not only to improve the garden functions but it also makes the garden aesthetically pleasing.


Log Raised Bed Gardens

The poor soil condition is the number one reason why gardeners opt to raised bed gardening. However, they don’t come cheap. But it does not mean you can’t find a way to address such an issue.

Raised beds from unprocessed logs collected from your land are available and eco-friendly.

Here are some raised bed ideas built out of logs.


46) The Rough-Hewn Logs

Rough-hewn logs raised bed.
Image by: lifescapecolorado.com

Have you tried the rough-hewn logs in your raised bed garden?  To mimic the idea of this simple raised bed will highlight the natural beauty and charm of raw logs in your garden.

In addition to that, it showcases the versatility of the logs by enhancing the charming look of the garden.


47) The Centerpiece Garden

Circular raised bed with log edging.

You will find the log’s versatility in so many forms. They can be a small, attractive raised bed for your favorite herbs and vegetables or can be an elegant design to add in your backyard.

The idea above will showcase how the unique arrangement highlights the creativity of the gardener and makes the raised bed ideal, especially for ageing gardeners with mobility issues.

Also,  with this kind of structure, you don’t have to worry about the water flooding your garden. There are sufficient draining crevices at the bottom of the garden.


48) The Charm Of Drift-Wood

Driftwood raised bed with growing rhubarb.

Did you find the drift-wood to be an attractive raised garden bed? If you are on a limited budget and driftwood is abundant in your area, why not try using them as a raised bed?

Plants will benefit from the gradual decomposition of the wood. They will serve as the constant source of long-term nutrients that will take about 20 years or even longer. The composting wood will also generate sufficient heat that can prolong the growing season.


49) The Log Train

Train structure planter built out of a log.

Gardening isn’t just for adults alone. It is an activity where the entire family can have fun. The log train idea is so fascinating and appears so cute! Mimicking the idea can be an impressive present you can give to your kids.


50) Budget-Friendly Raised Garden

Driftwood raised bed with growing cabbage.
Image by: sustainablegardeningadventures.wordpress.com

There are so many ways to get artistic and use what we have available in our surroundings.
The idea above utilizes tree logs to highlight the look of your garden, which is an excellent alternative for gardening on a budget. With a bit of time and effort, you can create a natural charm in your garden for free!


51) Affordable And Sustainable Raised Garden Bed

Raised bed built out of raw, unpolished logs
Image by: steemit.com

Raised beds are garden containers creatively built from wood and other sorts of materials. They are answers to a lot of gardening issues, making them preferred by many.

However, for gardeners who opt for wood raised gardens, there are a few factors they need to consider. They have to determine if they are sustainable and safe.

Logs are the common alternative of gardeners with a limited budget for creating raised gardens because it’s relatively economical and readily available.

Yet you have to choose carefully to get the one that is eco-friendly to avoid possible soil contamination.


52) Give Your Garden A Curb Appeal

Half-moon shaped raised bed with log edgings.

The wood edging borders are without a doubt, a great addition to your garden. The idea above can create a more hospitable space and attractive backyard.

The diverse colors and unique textures of the log, highlight the delicate aesthetic appeal of your garden.


53) The Two-Tier Log Raised Garden

Two-tiered square raised beds built out of logs.

Due to a variety of benefits of raised bed gardening, it is now one of the most popular and more convenient ways to garden.

The two tiers raised garden made out of logs are spacious enough to give you an ample amount of quality homegrown produce.

These garden beds are efficient in fertilization and water conservation. The structure is also friendly to control garden pests.


Cinder Block Ideas


54) The Refreshing Outdoor Garden

Raised bed built out of cinder blocks with trellises and growing plants
Image by: blog.gardenloversclub.com

Cinder blocks are not just for construction materials alone. It can be an affordable material for raised garden beds too.

The contrasting shade of the cinder block to the lush greens makes the landscape refreshing. The crispness of the garden radiates a sense of vitality in an outdoor garden.


55) The Stacked Raised Garden

High built raised bed built out of cinder blocks with growing onions and lettuce.
Image by: offgridworld.com

The idea of using cinder blocks as the raised garden bed gives a lot of benefits. They won’t deteriorate as fast as other materials, and you can build them quickly just by stacking.

They are inexpensive, easy to design, and they are readily available at any improvement home store near you.


56) Showcase The Elegance Of Your Outdoors

Box shape raised bed built out of concrete in white finish with growing rosemary.

Cinder blocks are also ideal for outdoor projects. They are sturdy and weather resistant. Aside from being affordable, they are versatile and can adapt well to any designs.

As you can see, the concept of using the cinder blocks as your raised garden highlights the elegance of your backyard.

With a touch of creativity and inspiration, you’ll be able to create beautiful raised planters to showcase your favorite herbs or flowering plants.


57) Enhance Your Backyard’s Curb Appeal

 Raised bed built out of concrete with colourful flowering plants

If you are considering growing some herbs, flowering plants, or veggies in your backyard, but don’t want to break new ground, all you have to do is create a raised garden by using either wood or cinder blocks.

However, a wooden raised bed gradually deteriorates as they age, so using a cinder block is also an excellent alternative.

The idea above indicates that a raised garden bed can be a great option if your backyard space is limited and only needs to improve the looks of your backyard.


58) Minimize The Effort Of Watering

Two rectangular raised beds built out cinder blocks with a soaker hoseImage by: organicforecast.org

Creating a concrete raised garden will cost you extra than planting directly into the ground, but if the soil of your area is rocky and quite hard to cultivate, then a raised bed garden will give you lots of benefits, making the extra cost you’ve spent worth it.

And by utilizing cinder blocks as your raised bed will allow you to create a customized garden. You can build them in any shapes and sizes that are suitable in your garden space.

You can also install a soaker hose to minimize the effort of constant watering like the idea above. It is particularly good in the summer when the plants require frequent watering.


Straw Bale Raised Bed Gardens

The straw bale garden acts as the plant’s container and soil in one. This type of gardening is often more convenient, especially if you live in an area with poor soil conditions or surrounded by pavement.

Straw bales raised bed gardens are budget-friendly, and if you need to expand your garden, you can do easily by adding more.

However, there are a few things to remember if you consider using straw bales for your raised garden beds.

  • In the first three days, it is necessary to keep the bales moist by watering them daily. 
  • Place them in a stable area where you don’t have to move them because frequent watering can make them very heavy.
  •  Don’t let the bales dry out.
  • In the next days which are 4 5 and 6, try to sprinkle each bale either with 1 cup of ammonium sulfate (21-0-0) or a half-cup of urea. (46-0-0)
  • Watering after adding fertilizer is necessary. 
  • On day 7, 8 and 9, cut the amount of fertilizer in half. 
  • On day 10, stop adding fertilizer. But don’t forget to keep the bales moist. 
  • On day 11, check the temperature of the bundles, and if you find it is still warm, help them to cool down by watering and keeping it moist.
  • Once cooled down, you can start planting in the raised garden. But if you find it hard to tell whether the bale is cool enough to plant, you can try using a meat thermometer to measure the temperature inside.
  • As the inside of the bale begins to decompose, they will start to heat up, and this is a normal conditioning process.
  • If weeds and other plants like alfalfa, oat grass, and mushroom start to sprout when the straw starts decomposing, you have to remove them and perhaps they are poisonous, so avoid eating them.

59) Give Your Garden A Twist

Straw bale raised bed with growing vegetables at the center.
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Growing vegetables in a straw bale raised bed are now becoming popular. Straw bale is inexpensive and easy to work with materials for a raised bed garden.

Like any other materials used in a raised bed garden, straw bale offers the same benefits.

They also help enrich the soil by rendering nitrogen in some way and provide convenient access across the entire bed without a lot of kneeling and bending. It also helps reduce the issue of pests and plant disease in your garden.


60) The Straw Bale Container Garden

Two small straw bales raised beds with growing plants a trellis
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The idea above showcases why straw bale gardening is an excellent alternative for gardeners with poor soil conditions or no dirt at all.

The use of straw bale in gardening is a technique where the bundles act as natural containers for your plants.

This kind of gardening can prolong your growing season, allowing you to generate a garden in areas with less ideal soil and make planting and weeding tasks lighter.


61) No Soil Gardening With Straw Bales

No soil straw bale raised bed with three drinking glasses on the top.
Image by: gardenrant.com

While some gardeners utilized raised beds amended with organic matter like compost, there are a few others that grow some vegetables in straw bales raised beds without soil.

The straw bale gardening is particularly helpful for elderly gardeners who are less capable of doing the difficult task of traditional gardening.

It eliminates the challenge of cultivating the soil, continuous weeding, and the never-ending battle with insects and plant diseases.


62) Grow Vegetables Just About Anywhere With Straw Bales

Small straw bale raised bed with growing basil and two ceramic planters beside it.
Image by: bhg.com

Gardening is one of the activities enjoyed by many of all ages, and the use of straw bale is gaining more popularity, for both experts and beginners.

Since straw bales are quick to decompose, you can cultivate almost any vegetables without problems. But perennial plants are not recommended because they will disintegrate within two years at the most.

The idea above shows that you can still cultivate a straw bale garden, even if you live in an area surrounded by pavement or in a very small space.


63) Make Them Visually Appealing

Strawbale raised garden bed with chicken wire.

Another idea you can also try is to use chicken wire to shape the straw bales in the garden design of your choice. You can make them visually appealing while enjoying the plentiful benefits it offers.


Mini-Greenhouse Garden Beds

Usually, many garden ideas can make the most challenging time of gardening seasons into an exciting time of the year.

It is often difficult to grow plants naturally during the cold winter months. However, with the help of economical mini-greenhouses, you’ll manage to grow fresh produce even when the ground is freezing in winter. Here are some raised bed ideas you can also try.


64) Fit Them Right On The Top

Wooden raised bed with a hoop house
Image by: thespruce.com

The raised bed in this multi-season vegetable garden allows you to control the growing conditions of your plants.

In addition to that, you can keep them away from the view of hungry animals if you fit the hoop house right on top of the raised bed garden.

Also, the structure’s design is to protect the plants from varying weather conditions when it is too hot during the day and too cold at night.


65) Take Advantage Of The Eco-friendly Netting

Wooden raised bed with black butterfly netting.
Image by: quickcrop.co.uk

If you are considering creating a raised vegetable bed to provide you with homegrown produce a lot easier, the structure above may give you the idea about this poly-tunnel raised bed with removable crop protection.

Most gardeners know that the best way to address caterpillar damage in your plants like cabbage is to prevent reaching your plants. By using the environmental butterfly netting, you can protect your crop from troublesome insects.


66) The Retractable Hoop House

Wooden raised bed retractable covering.
Image by: morningchores.com

The use of a retractable hoop house can be the ideal solution if you want to prolong the vegetable production in spring and fall.

The retractable shields protect the plants from the sun and keeps the soil warm in the colder months.


67) Protect Crops From In-between Seasons

Raised bed with both side opening
Image by: motherearthnews.com

The idea above shows how you can grow a plant in a raised garden while protecting them from varying weather.

By installing this type of structure, you can protect them from the destructing warmth during the day and cold at night throughout the entire season, particularly in-between seasons of fall to winter or winter to summer.


Two Types of Raised Bed Gardens

Lastly, before we wrap up, there are two types of raised bed gardens so go ahead and pick what might work best for you! People find two approaches to raised bed gardens. Some purchase prefabricated beds that are readily available, simple to install and to manage while others prefer to go for a DIY solution.

Prefabricated raised beds can be found in several shapes and sizes. You can pick them readily in the range of your budget.

The DIY solutions, on the other hand, can give you a variety of materials to choose from. You can use any available materials you can find and creatively build them in a structure that expresses your creativity in the most beautiful way.

In this guide, we’ll cover 67 of the best raised bed gardening ideas you can try in your backyard from the most popular materials to the most unique, inexpensive, and artistic designs.


Final Thoughts On Raised Bed Gardens

There are a whole lot of reasons to build raised bed gardens. If you live in a sandy area or with poor soil conditions or are surrounded by pavement, this is an excellent way to grow herbs, ornamental plants, and vegetables.

And to help you understand more clearly, here are a few undeniable benefits of raised bed gardens you can’t ignore.

  • Raised beds enable you to garden and utilize smaller space efficiently.
  • Raised garden beds are excellent for growing herbs, flowering plants and vegetables of your choice in small plots.
  • Weeds exist less in a raised bed that is well tended and mulched.
  • If you maintain the soil in your raised garden, the probability of soil compaction means less and the demand for tilling is very minimal.
  • A well-prepared raised bed provides a better drainage system compared to an in-ground garden.
  • An excellent barrier to pests like slugs and snails
  • Prevents soil erosion during heavy rains
  • Keeping the soil warmer and well-drained making the gardeners able to plant earlier in the season. In addition to that, it allows a longer growing season and better-growing conditions.
  • Raised beds help lessen backache due to constant bending to tend the garden. It is especially helpful for the elderly who loves gardening. 
  • If you build the raised bed well, it will allow you to sit on the edge of the bed while weeding. For others, this is one of the most significant benefits of all.

Creating elevated garden beds is much simpler than it looks. You’ll only need to decide which type of materials to use, how tall you want it to be, and whether you’ll construct it yourself or get prefabricated ones readily available in home improvements near you.

You can choose to use materials that would make your backyard luxurious and elegant by using materials that are a bit costly. These materials can be durable and sturdy materials like cedar and redwood.

On the other hand, if you’re on a limited budget, you can also opt to cinder or concrete blocks, tire planters, wattle works, and straw bale raised garden beds.

Besides, most of the raised bed gardening ideas above can showcase your skills and creativity from mixing varieties of shades to picking the right color and texture. This will also make your garden pop while providing your family fresh and delicious homegrown produce.

About Benita Abucejo

Hi there! My name is Benita Abucejo. What can I say? I truly love spending my days in the outdoors, specifically in the garden. Gardening has always been a strong passion of mine since I was a little girl. It has brought me so much joy and happiness that it is definitely safe to say that I will be a gardener for life. For a period of time, I was able to work with people who are into home gardening and I found it to be quite beneficial to my physical health, as well as my mental well-being. Here at Seasonal Preferences, I am going to share with you my experience and ideas so that you can fulfill yourself with the same satisfaction and happiness. Of course, if you have ideas, I would love to hear those as well! Being creative in the garden can really be quite fascinating so let's share our experiences and be the best gardeners we can be. With that being said, thank you for dropping by and please leave me a comment on one of my posts if you would like to get in touch!

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