For me, square foot gardening is a favorite method of gardening for our home, and I spend so much time online looking at awesome DIY raised bed garden designs to expand the ‘square’ of my gardens. This style works well for our home and our lifestyle.
It allows me to plant considering the amount of light from our yard (certain crops in the shade, other crops in the sun), and also the needs of our different plants. Recently, we start struggling against a vine that was allowed to overgrow the neighborhood. However, this vine has runners underground that we can’t remove. So, it invades everything, along with all the bermudagrass. In order to save our garden and to keep our plants alive, we turned to raise our beds.
No matter how many and different methods are for gardening, today, we’re going to stick with the raised bed idea. So, the following ten designs are some options that I considered before starting building my raised bed garden. Moreover, a section of tips and tricks will wait for you at the end of the article, to give more help.
10 DIY RAISED BED GARDEN DESIGNS
The most compelling evidence that these DIY raised bed gardens are totally a good idea is that there are so many ways to build them. In this article, we listed only ten of them, but you are free to extend your research as much as you consider necessary. However, if one of these DIY raised bed garden ideas is suitable for your needs and preferences, access the links we attached, and start your green project.
Now, with no further introduction, here are our ten favorite DIY raised bed gardens!
1. The DIY Tiered Raised Bed Garden
I love the stepped-up version of this square-foot garden-inspired design. Not only are you giving depth to crops that need a little more depth to grow well, but you’ve got a versatile design to work with your comfort level of movement. Tall plants on the levels, deep growing or short crops on top.
2. The U-Shaped Raised Bed Garden with Cinder Blocks
While we won’t be doing the “u” shaped beds, we are going to test the cinder block raised bed this year. It gives us a little more movement if we need to rearrange the garden next year and spots for small crop areas that may creep (mint, anyone?!) or just fun things.
3. The DIY Raised Bed Garden with Trellis
This raised bed garden design combines a few great ideas. The galvanized steel walls would be great for northern gardens to help bring more heat to the planting medium in your bed. It also looks really awesome for those of you who want beautiful-looking beds to go along with their functionality. They’ve also integrated cattle paneling into the trellis design so that there is vertical space over the walkway.
4. Cattle Panel For A DIY Raised Bed Garden Cylinder
If building a huge wooden bed is not something you want to try, there are other versions that can help you create a bed you can work in, no matter what the soil or surroundings are. This garden bed is made from a galvanized steel mesh (think cattle panel) lined in a textile that doesn’t contain water.
This is a moveable bed system – meaning you can move it around from season to season as opposed to a wooden or concrete/brick construction.
5. The Plastic Drum Raised Bed Planter
This is a clever idea, especially if you have access to these plastic drums. They don’t have to be able to hold water any longer, as that makes a perfect drainage opportunity. These would definitely need to be altered to allow for proper drainage, but I love that they are raised to a height where you don’t have to stoop or bend to work on your garden!
You might not want to plant tomatoes, green beans, or corn here, but this is a perfect place for low-growth crops. Click here for a tutorial on how to create these raised bed drum planters.
6. Hugelkultur DIY Raised Bed Garden Idea
While generally raised bed gardens are prominent in urban settings, the hugelkultur garden is usually thought to be for those with larger plots of land. But that’s definitely an understatement. You can do it in even smaller beds than these! Check out the process at Permies.com!
But what exactly is a hugelkultur garden?
Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. This makes for raised garden beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, air pockets for the roots of what you plant, etc.
As the years pass, the deep soil of your raised garden bed becomes incredibly rich and loaded with soil life. As the wood shrinks, it makes more tiny air pockets – so your hugelkultur becomes sort of self-tilling.
7. Galvanized Steel Watering Tank For DIY Raised Bed Garden Idea
If your DIY skills are lacking, or you just don’t have the time and want something ready-made, you can get DIY raised bed garden kits or use galvanized steel watering tanks.
We use several of these smaller steel tanks for some of our herb gardens right by the back door. They keep out more of the critters that would eat our plants year to year and allow the soil to get warmer during the winter months. And they look good, too!
8. Found Object Reused As a DIY Raised Bed Garden
I love the idea of found objects to raise up your garden beds. However, it is important that the material of the found object be suitable for your future garden. So, make a little research before starting your project. Also, try to consider this technique before all the others, as it is the most nature-friendly. In this way, we recycle all the unwanted objects that would end up thrown away if it wasn’t for us.
9. Straw Bale Gardening
The awesome thing about straw bale gardening is that it is so easy to set up, after following a bit of conditioning, you can grow over the whole structure, and then compost it when it has lived its usefulness to you. Move it around to where you need it, plant small or large patches or use it to line a raised bed and give yourself more growing space. Modern Farmer shows you how.
10. DIY Elevated Raised Herb-Garden Planter
Growing fresh herbs indoors can be a tricky task, but an outdoor garden bed requires yard space that not all of us have. So, maybe it is time to implement an indoor elevated raised garden for all your fresh herbs. “This Old House” compact piece takes up less than 6 square feet and has a few handy hooks to hold your gardening tools. Best of all, it will let you enjoy fresh herbs all season long without back-breaking labor.
RAISED BED GARDENING DESIGN TIPS & HACKS
- This type of garden is the perfect sollution for you, especially if you’re suffering from back problemes. Bending, stooping, and kneeling can all take its toll on your back and joints. However, raised bed garden designs come in a variety of heights to make reaching your crops less stressful on your body in time.
- One problem many have is an invasion from deer. One of my friend experienced this issue and the solution she found was smart and so easy to implement. She just created a wood border for her garden that served double duty – a barrier and a vertical gardening plane. Sure, the deer may eat at your crops through the fence, but when you have a whole fence worth, surely they’ll leave you some!
- If you are interested to learn more about your specific growing areas and challenges your garden may face in the future, check out these 27 advices from Marta Waddell, a Master Gardener in Arizona.
- Another issue that gardeners run into are chickens, birds, squirrels and even cats that get into garden beds. This easy netting hack is a great way to keep them out of your crops. Also, you can use this to put shade cloth over crops that are sensitive to high season light to stretch their time a little longer before being burned by the summer sun.
- Learn how to save 50-80% for your square foot garden with this additional gardening quick tip reading .
You Are The Master Of Your Garden!
Yes, you certainly are! Try to remember this before starting your DIY Raised Bed Garden project. With this in mind, you should build something that is most suitable for your and your family’s needs and preferences.
Last but not least, feel free to ask any further questions about how to build your own raised bed gardens in the comments section. Also, please share your experience, setbacks, and results with all of us. We are excited to find out how this green project of yours will take shape.