Building a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

Sometimes gardeners purposely build a raised bed vegetable garden and sometimes raised beds are just wicked little plots that happen!

Maybe you've been given some garden boxes, maybe you have recycled wood, rocks or other edging to use, or possibly you want to define your garden areas.

Now you decide is the time for building a raised bed vegetable garden.

All the information you need to know can be read here Raised Vegetable Garden.

Whereas THIS page gives you a mix of photos and ideas that other gardeners have used... raising your hopes that you can build your own raised garden too!

First, some larger scale ideas if you have the space. Look at these tried and tested successes...

  • Straw bales make excellent surrounds for raised gardens, as well as using the bales as the growing medium as described in Straw Bale Gardening
  • Roll up a few old tyres (or tires) into your yard and either make an enclosure with them, and/or fill the tyres with soil and plant away. Some people even paint their raised garden tires... eek, pink tires, no don't!
Bath as raised garden bed growing mustard cress

For smaller gardens and those that are neat'n tidy, here are some ideas that might cut the mustard for you... speaking of which, here's a raised garden bath with mustard cress growing in it.

Helpers and pupils of Richmond High School construct 6 wooden planter beds. Each wooden bed spans 32 feet in length, 4 feet across, and nearly 2 feet deep!

Raised bed boxes at Richmond High

These are ultra neat and tidy, although I tend to think that boxes like this are an example of huge resources used when once a big garden used to be on the ground

But if you only have a small area, or it's on concrete or stony ground, then some nice neat garden boxes are an excellent way to enclose your garden.

Raised garden bed for vegetables

Here's a good sturdy home vegetable garden that does the trick nicely.

Raised garden vegetable bed with stone edging

Another way to edge a slightly raised bed. These stones keep in the soil and define the garden.

raised stone vegetable garden

And these even larger stones have been cemented in place to make an attractive raised garden.

raised brick garden

Super tidy and built to last raised brick garden.

raised brick garden

An old wheelbarrow past its usefulness as a workhorse, is now used as a seed tray. Lawn clippings are being put on as mulch.

Don't forget to check out this main page with all the tidbits you'll need to know on Raised Vegetable Gardens

And more ideas...

Straw Bale Gardening
No Till Gardening
Lasagna Gardening
Sq Ft Gardening

What's YOUR raised bed vegetable garden like?

Do you have a great photo or ideas, methods, materials on building a raised bed? Share it!

We can't promise to publish all contributions, but would love to see good examples that would inspire and encourage other gardeners.

What Other Visitors Have Sent in

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Using wood chips on our raised garden bed 
We scavanged some wood chips to keep birds and weeds at bay. Our spinach plants are doing just nicely!

Muscle carrot growing in raised garden 
In our raised garden bed (constructed of bricks) we planted carrots. One of the seeds somehow fell between the bricks and grew. It's amazing that its even …

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