8 Awesome Raised Bed Ideas

Working with limited space or just want an easier way to grow delicious vegetables? A raised bed is just the ticket!

I am a raised bed convert. With very little sun in our backyard, I've been forced to do a front-yard vegetable garden to seek the sun. Fortunately, my neat, handsome Farmer D raised beds keep my veggie garden neat and tidy (a picket fence also helps hide the garden from passerby) and hopefully inoffensive to neighbors who may not think a front yard vegetable garden is visually appealing.

Compact Raised Bed

Compact Raised Bed

The perfect fit for a small space, the CedarCraft Elevated Planter is ideal for balconies, patios, decks, anyplace where you might want to plant but don't have a great deal of growing room. These planters are high enough to keep back strain to a minimum (and keep pests away) and handsome to boot, with thoughtful design elements. Constructed of lovely—untreated—Western red cedar, so you can safely grow edibles, they are also easy to assemble.

Photo by: Image courtesy of CedarCraft

Image courtesy of CedarCraft

But there are lots of reasons to choose raised beds. Among them:

1. Better Soil

With a raised bed, you control the soil and make sure it's healthy, balanced and ready for optimum growing.

2. Easier Gardening

The right raised bed on a good surface can eliminate bending for those who can't easily move about, and can allow for wheelchairs to navigate, making raised beds ideal for the elderly and disabled.

3. Pest Control

Even raised beds that aren't especially high can remove your lovely edibles from trolling pests.

HGTVGardens editor Felicia Feaster's raised-bed garden.

HGTVGardens editor Felicia Feaster's raised-bed garden.

My front yard raised beds. The picket fence does a fairly good job of hiding them from the neighbors and the jasmine growing on the fence is a kind of natural screen as well.

My front yard raised beds. The picket fence does a fairly good job of hiding them from the neighbors and the jasmine growing on the fence is a kind of natural screen as well.

4. Small-Space Ready

If you have a small, or no yard at all, there is almost always somewhere you can use a raised bed; on a deck, a patio, or even a fire escape if you are very clever. Raised beds on legs are especially useful space-savers because you can store all of your supplies, like watering pails, potting soil and tools beneath.

Raised Bed Options

African Key Hole Raised Bed

African Keyhole Garden Bed

African Keyhole Garden Bed

 Treat a cutting-edge garden fan with this smart African Keyhole Garden Bed from Vita which limits water use and incorporates composting into your container. Find out more about the benefits of keyhole gardening here .

Photo by: Image courtesy of Garden Media Group

Image courtesy of Garden Media Group


Keyhole gardening comes from parts of drought-stricken Africa. This keyhole bed has a tunnel in the center, which operates as a built-in composter, so you can compost kitchen scraps directly in the bed to help provide moisture and nutrients to your plants while saving 70% of the water you would normally need to keep your produce well-watered. The beds are made from a food-grade, BPA-free polymer extrusion. For every 4 beds sold, Vita Gardens builds one of these high-performance keyhole beds in Rwanda, so you're doing good on two fronts: supporting sustainable architecture in Africa while limiting your water usage in your own garden. Beds come in various configurations and sizes, as well as color choices—depending upon what suits your space—with a natural wood-color and a pretty bright white perfect for a cottage garden. I recently added the handsome Urban-style African keyhole garden to my own Atlanta yard, which blends beautifully in the one sunny gap in my otherwise woody backyard and has a substantial amount of growing space. The bed was super-easy to install (unless there is any leveling of the ground needed, which can entail a bigger time commitment): 10 minutes from the box to the backyard.

Learn more about keyhole gardening here.

CedarCraft Raised Bed

Compact Raised Bed

Compact Raised Bed

The perfect fit for a small space, the CedarCraft Elevated Planter is ideal for balconies, patios, decks, anyplace where you might want to plant but don't have a great deal of growing room. These planters are high enough to keep back strain to a minimum (and keep pests away) and handsome to boot, with thoughtful design elements. Constructed of lovely—untreated—Western red cedar, so you can safely grow edibles, they are also easy to assemble.

Photo by: Image courtesy of CedarCraft

Image courtesy of CedarCraft


The perfect fit for a small space, the CedarCraft Elevated Planter is ideal for balconies, patios, decks, anyplace where you might want to plant but don't have a great deal of growing room. These planters are high enough to keep back strain to a minimum (and keep pests away) and handsome to boot, with thoughtful design elements. Constructed of lovely—untreated—Western red cedar, so you can safely grow edibles, they are also easy to assemble. I keep mine on my deck right outside my kitchen door where I grow small pepper plants, herbs and other compact edibles that I can take from "farm"-to-table in a snap!

Farmstead Raised Garden

Farmstead Raised Garden Bed

Farmstead Raised Garden Bed

Handmade from Vermont white cedar, this Farmstead Raised Garden bed kit is based on a 17th century design. A slot and peg assembly holds the boards more securely than nails or screws. Use the 8-inch high beds separately or stack them for an elevated working surface. Stacking also lets you grow plants with very long roots. 

Photo by: Courtesy of Eartheasy

Courtesy of Eartheasy

Handmade from Vermont white cedar, this Farmstead Raised Garden bed kit is based on a 17th century design. A slot and peg assembly holds the boards more securely than nails or screws. Use the 8-inch high beds separately or stack them for an elevated working surface. Stacking also lets you grow plants with very long roots. 

Raised, With Fence

Raised Bed with Fence

Raised Bed with Fence

A 13-1/2" high fence surrounds this 20"-high garden bed , helping deter dogs and rabbits. The front fence panels are hinged, so you can get into the 3'X6' bed to tend or harvest your plants.

Photo by: Courtesy Eartheasy

Courtesy Eartheasy

A 13-1/2" high fence surrounds this 20"-high garden bed, helping deter dogs and rabbits. The front fence panels are hinged, so you can get into the 3'X6' bed to tend or harvest your plants.

WallHugger

VegTrug Wallhugger Raised Garden

VegTrug Wallhugger Raised Garden

Ideal for small spaces or gardeners who can't do a lot of bending or stooping, the VegTrug Wallhugger works as a raised garden bed. The V-shape design lets you grow plants with long roots. Use it in front of a fence or trellis for plants that need support, or tuck it into a narrow spot. Available in a kit, the trug is made of sustainable, plantation grown fir.

Photo by: Courtesy of Eartheasy.com

Courtesy of Eartheasy.com

Ideal for small spaces or gardeners who can't do a lot of bending or stooping, the VegTrug Wallhugger works as a raised garden bed. The V-shape design lets you grow plants with long roots. Use it in front of a fence or trellis for plants that need support, or tuck it into a narrow spot. Available in a kit, the trug is made of sustainable, plantation-grown fir.

Seed 'n' Feed

Modular Metal Trough Garden Bed

Modular Metal Trough Garden Bed

Some gardeners use galvanized troughs as raised beds. This modular trough is made of long-lasting, coated Zincalume steel. Sold in a kit with 10 panels, the bed can be assembled into one of four shapes. Use one or more beds to fit your available space.  

Photo by: Courtesy RaisedBeds.com

Courtesy RaisedBeds.com

Some gardeners use galvanized troughs as raised beds for a cool, industrial look. This modular trough is made of long-lasting, coated Zincalume steel. Sold in a kit with 10 panels, the bed can be assembled into one of four shapes. Use one or more beds to fit your available space.  

Plant-a-Bar Garden

Garden Bar

Garden Bar

Take the garden to glass trend right to the cocktail bar with this clever wooden bar featuring a built-in raised bed.

Photo by: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

A raised bed with a little something extra, this very on-trend Plant-a-Bar raised bed allows you to grow the herbs, edible flowers and produce that will deliciously ornament your cocktails. Two tastes that taste great together: mixology and gardening are even better together!

Build Your Own!

How to Build a Raised Bed and Trellis

How to Build a Raised Bed and Trellis

Raised beds drain more efficiently, give the gardener more control over the location and soil quality, and can help keep out pests like moles and rabbits.The best part? You can build one in an afternoon. This raised bed and trellis combo uses rough-sawn cedar, which weather-resistant, insect-resistant and looks good, too. Click on to learn how to build this sturdy bed that will last for years.

Tackle the ultimate DIY project and build this handy raised bed with trellis to more easily grow tomatoes, beans and other edibles in need of additional support.

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