Right now, we just plant our seeds directly into the ground, but we have big plans for an extensive raised garden bed system. Why are we moving to raised garden beds? Well, besides being easier, there are a lot of other benefits.


Improved Soil and Drainage
Because raised garden beds never get stepped on, the soil doesn’t get compacted. Also, you can combine the perfect amount of soil, fertilizer, and amendments to make a perfect bed for growing plants. Because you can also use super-powered soil in them, you can also improve the drainage.
Increased Yield
You can plant seeds (even vegetable seeds) closer together in a raised garden bed because the light soil mixture improves the effectiveness of the water and oxygen. This allows the roots to expand easier. A raised garden bed also tends to be warmer than the ground, so you can plant a couple weeks earlier than you could just planting in the ground.
Simplified Weed and Pest Control
By planting densely, you can prevent weeds. Also, a raised garden bed will have less weeds because of its distance from the surrounding grass/weeds.

How to Build Your Raised Garden Beds (the Right Way)

Although raised garden beds are not a permanent construction, you definitely don’t want to move or replace it once you set them on the ground. Especially after you’ve added soil and plants.
That’s why before you start building, there are four things to consider:

  1. Plan where you want to place the beds. Normally, you’d want the area with the most sun. Unless you’re going to plant plants that need shade.
  2. Plan how many beds you’re going to need. One big bed is more cost-effective than several smaller beds. But depending on what you’re going to plant, smaller beds might be a better idea. It’s best to group similar plants and ‘best companions’ in one bed.
  3. Plan the size of your bed. Don’t build a bed bigger than three feet wide; it’s harder to manage. However, it can be as long as you want it to be. If you’re planting smaller plants like herbs, you might not need big beds.
  4. Plan the material you’re using. Most people use woods; they’re cheaper, durable, and light. For even cheaper material, you can use recycled wood from pallets. But if you need a more permanent solution, you can use concrete.

Now, let’s begin with the free raised garden bed plans.

46 DIY Raised Garden Bed Plans:

1. DIY Keyhole Garden

DIY Keyhole Garden
It is called a keyhole garden, and it has a compost bin built into the middle of the raised bed. You can read all about keyhole gardening at Grow Real Food and learn how to create your own! Follow The Instruction ›

2. Tiered Box Planter

Tiered Box Planter
Tiered box planter filled with strawberries is a unique and functional space saver!  Find the directions on how to make this planter over at Better Homes and Gardens. Follow The Instruction ›

3. Raised Milk Crate Garden

Raised Milk Crate Garden
If you’re short on cash or space and want a garden that can easily be moved around, then a raised milk crate garden might be the solution you are looking for! Follow The Instruction ›

4. Self-watering Plastic Bin Raised Garden

Self-watering Plastic Bin Raised Garden
The pvc pipe allows you to water your vegetables from bottom to top which reduces over or under watering. It’s a creative design that works well for lettuces and other greens. Follow The Instruction ›

5. Two Tier Garden Bed

Two Tier Garden Bed
The really cool thing about this design is that you can plant on both levels. So if you have something you want to plant that might be taller then plant them on the bottom tier. Follow The Instruction ›

6. Garden Enclosure

How to make Garden Enclosure
Here is another garden enclosure. Isn’t it gorgeous? It gives your plants and flowers a safe place to grow and adds a bit of rustic charm being built from gorgeous wood. Follow The Instruction ›

7. Raised Bed Planter Stand

Raised Bed Planter Stand
This is a unique idea if you want to grow something fresh or pretty and place it in a smaller area. I could see this working wonderfully on my front porch. What a unique way to display your flowers without having them low to the ground. Follow The Instruction ›

8. Raised Bed With Legs

Raised Bed With Legs
If you don’t like the idea of something be so permanent then you don’t have to worry about that in this case. If you decide you want it somewhere else from year to year you just have to move it. Follow The Instruction ›

9. DIY Raised Garden Beds

DIY Raised Garden Beds
If you are a newbie to building garden beds, this might be a good tutorial for you. Her list of instructions are very easy to read and so is her materials list. You might find yourself having these beds built in no time. Follow The Instruction ›

10. Puppy Proof Garden Beds

Puppy Proof Garden Beds
Do you have a dog that likes to dig? Especially in your garden beds? Yes, me too. I can feel your pain. My dog seems to think that if it is planted in one of the beds then it is her duty to dig it all up. I mean, how else is she supposed to sunbathe and roll in the dirt if those pesky plants stay in her way? Follow The Instruction ›

11. Elevated Garden Bed

Elevated Garden Bed
This is a larger version of our garden bed with legs. It is basically a large box with legs under it. This is a great design because it does make it difficult for pests to find their way into your plants this way. Follow The Instruction ›

12. The Inexpensive Raised Garden Bed

Inexpensive Raised Garden Bed
So if you are looking for a way to add subtle beauty to your backyard while also growing lots of plants then this is a great project to take on. Follow The Instruction ›

13. The No-Frills Garden Bed

The No-Frills Garden Bed
So if you are new to carpentry this might be a good entry level raised garden bed project for you. And it will still add a nice look for your yard, too. Follow The Instruction ›

14. Simple Cedar Garden Boxes

Simple Cedar Garden Boxes
If you have a fenced yard, these boxes will look great against it. This is actually one of my favorite traditional raised garden beds. The reason is that they are two boards high which means gardening in them is much easier on your back. Follow The Instruction ›

15. Landscaping Timbers Raised Garden Beds

Landscaping Timbers Raised Garden Bed
This is simple but unique garden bed you can build in your yard. Follow The Instruction ›

16. Raised Bed With Benches

Raised Bed With Benches
Smart ideas, yes. These are really sharp looking raised garden beds. Beyond the beauty that the wood brings to the picture let’s just talk about the functionality of these raised beds. You can start to make it right now. Follow The Instruction ›

17. Fenced Garden Bed

Fenced Garden Bed
Well, if you have that problem then this garden bed just might be for you. It is three boards high which is great for the ease of working in your garden. But it also has a fence that goes around your garden bed. This might help keep your unwanted visitors out of what you have planted. Follow The Instruction ›

18. DIY Garden Enclosure

DIY Garden Enclosure
Raised garden bed with little fence is genius ideas. it can protect your vegetables from your chicken or other. This is great news for your flowers and plants because the enclosure means that they have less of the chance of being disturbed by any unwanted visitors. So there again, if you have a pest problem then you might want to consider giving this enclosure a go. Follow The Instruction ›

19. Garden Pyramid

Garden Pyramid
This is a very unique design. I love the pyramid shape and how you can simply walk around it in order to maintain your plants or flowers. Follow The Instruction ›

20. The Square Foot Garden Bed

The Square Foot Garden Bed
This garden bed is truly unique. Imagine with me for a moment, that you don’t want an extremely large garden. You just need a small space to grow a few vegetables that you enjoy during the warmer months. Follow The Instruction ›

21. DIY Tiered Herb Garden

DIY Tiered Herb Garden
This herb garden is gorgeous. Again, it is a very decorative way to grow herbs that you will use just without creating an eyesore or taking up much space. Follow The Instruction ›

22. Hoop Garden Bed

Hoop Garden Bed
This raised garden bed has an added feature that makes it extremely cool. So you plant your seeds or plants but then a frost hits. What do you do then? Follow The Instruction ›

23. Tire Garden Beds

Tire Garden Beds
If you are on a budget or just like the look of unique things then this garden bed might be for you. It is often easy to find old tractor tires for little or no money. Follow The Instruction ›

24. Curved Raised Beds

Curved Raised Beds
They place multiple beds together to create a ‘U’ shape. It offers a really neat design while also keeping a lot of your plants closer together which makes caring for them a little easier. Follow The Instruction ›

25. The Ultimate Garden Bed

The Ultimate Garden Bed
The design of this garden bed is a basic one, but they also show you how to add a protective cover for frost or birds which is always handy to help give your crop a fighting chance. Follow The Instruction ›

26. Planter Box

How To Make Planter Box
This is a basic but gorgeous design for a planter box. They placed their box right up against their fence. It is a good height which makes caring for your plants a little easier for you. Follow The Instruction ›

27. Pallet Planter

DIY Pallet Planter DIY
This planter is higher off of the ground which makes using it easier. But it also has a great rustic look that adds a little extra charm to the yard it is in. Follow The Instruction ›

28. Herb Planter

DIY Herb Planter
Another benefit of having herbs in an elevated bed is the elevation. It makes working in your herbs fun and no longer backbreaking work. Follow The Instruction ›

29. Raised Garden Bed Benches

Raised Garden Bed Benches
Would you like to add raised garden beds to your yard while also adding some extra sitting space? If so, this design is for you. Imagine sitting in your yard being fully surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants. Follow The Instruction ›

30. Balcony Sized Raised Garden Bed

Balcony Sized Raised Garden
This person took an old wine box and converted it into a raised garden bed. It was a perfect size to fit on her balcony as she likes to grow things and lives in an apartment. Don’t ever think that lack of space can stop you from growing your favorite foods or flowers. Follow The Instruction ›

31. Cement Block Raised Garden Beds

Cement Block Raised Garden Beds
This is very simple to make you only need to arrange cement blocks. lol Follow The Instruction ›

32. Natural Wood Garden Bed

Natural Wood Garden Bed
This is very cheap and you don’t need woodworking skills. You only cut the wood and arrange them. Have you recently done a project that required clearing some land? And now you have a ton of extra twigs and limbs left over? Well, don’t burn them or throw them away. Follow The Instruction ›

33. Dresser Herb Garden

Dresser Herb Garden
The different ways to use the unused thing from your house. Well, this herb garden is no different. They just pulled out the dresser drawers and added dirt. Then planted herbs in them. It offers a very unique look but is really neat too. Follow The Instruction ›

34. Raised Garden Beds For Vegetables

Raised Garden Beds For Vegetables
This tutorial is all about creating inexpensive raised garden beds to help your family grow more of your own food. Growing your own food is an important part of living a more self-sustained lifestyle and saving money. Follow The Instruction ›

35. DIY Timber Raised Beds

DIY Timber Raised Beds DIY
Ultimately, I like the look of these DIY garden beds. They have a rustic feel while also providing a nice touch of elegance to any yard. Follow The Instruction ›

36. Elevated Raised Garden Bed

How to make Elevated Raised Garden Bed
What I like the most about elevated garden beds is the ease in using them. If you’ve ever grown a large garden then you know why ease is such a great thing if gardening in raised beds. Follow The Instruction ›

37. Mini Elevated Raised Garden Bed

Mini Elevated Raised Garden Bed
Then they placed them together so they could have a garden just above the ground and not have to deal with much weeding. A very good idea, if you ask me. Follow The Instruction ›

38. Recycle Masonry Herb Garden

Recycle Masonry Herb Garden
This is a very interesting raised bed herb garden. The reason is that he took old masonry parts and put them together to create a unique shape. Follow The Instruction ›

39. U-Shaped Raised Garden Bed

U-Shaped Raised Garden Bed
The u-shape allows you to get where you need to be to care for your plants much easier than if you had to reach over larger square garden beds. Follow The Instruction ›

40. 2×2 Planter

How to make 2 2 Planter
This planter is a petite raised garden bed. But not everyone needs large planters. Follow The Instruction ›

41. The Adjustable Planter Bed

The Adjustable Planter Bed
The person that wrote this post brought up a very valid point. They said that if you buy a prefab kit for a garden bed it isn’t always adjustable to fit your specific area. Follow The Instruction ›

42. Decorative Raised Planter

Decorative Raised Planter
Another great feature about this planter is its size. It appears to be large enough to plant quite a variety. So if you are looking for a unique grow space this might be it. Follow The Instruction ›

43. Reclaimed Wood Garden Beds

Reclaimed Wood Garden Beds
If you have extra wood just lying around, don’t let it go to waste. Create a beautiful raised garden bed that has a great rustic charm to it. Follow The Instruction ›

44. $10 Cedar Raised Garden Beds

10 dollars Cedar Raised Garden Beds
These garden beds are not only gorgeous but also very affordable to create. So if you are on a limited budget consider giving these plans a shot. Follow The Instruction ›

45. 4×4 Raised Bed

4×4 Raised Bed
If you are looking for a medium sized raised garden bed, this garden bed might fit your needs. It is a good size for someone that wants to grow a little something but not a ton of their own food. Follow The Instruction ›

46. Herb Wheel Garden Planter

Herb Wheel Garden Planter
This is a unique shape for a raised garden bed. If you are someone that has a nautical theme in or outside of your home, this planter might go hand in hand with your other designs. Follow The Instruction ›