Planting on raised garden beds brings many benefits compared to planting on the ground. But the most crucial one is you can grow a garden even in a contamined soil area.
Also, if you have back problems, raised beds can be the perfect solution.
But there’s one disadvantage: you have to build the bed before you can start your garden. While garden bed is a simple construction, it’s still an extra work.
So, to make your work easier, we’ve collected 42 raised garden bed plans that you can easily build. If you need some ideas or instructions, this list will definitely be helpful.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 more permanent solution, you can use concrete.
Now, let’s begin with the free raised garden bed plans.
20 Free DIY Raised Garden Bed Plans:
1. Two Tier Garden Bed
This raised garden bed has a very unique style. It is actually two tier. Meaning it has a stair step appearance.
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.
Then you can plant smaller plants or flowers on the second tier, and they will still be visible and get lots of sunlight.