Well Being

Unique Raised Garden Beds

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Raised garden beds can be square or rectangle for sure and sit nicely in your garden but if you're looking for something a little more unique, you can have that too. Raised garden beds are super versatile, have many benefits, and you can buy them in kits or even make them yourself with very little building know-how.

Here are some unique ideas for inspiration…


These long raised beds above have been a favorite of mine for years. When I see cool pictures in magazines I tend to cut them out and keep them. This one I found in the 90s I believe, but old or not, it's such a cool set-up. The garden is in Port Orchard, Washington, and the article in Sunset notes, “Kirk and Teri Doughty wanted to make room for a productive vegetable garden without losing the lawn their children love to play on. Landscaper David Tubberville helped them develop a series of raised beds that step down the slope. All are made from pressure-treated 4-by-6s. The timbers are held together – and staked into the ground – with lengths of rebar pounded through 1/2-inch holes drilled into the ends of each piece. Posts support overhead trellises that will eventually carry fruit like grapes and kiwis. In summer, twine strung between posts supports vining crops like pole beans.” I love the idea of having the garden frame the yard.

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lib-butterfly-6Butterfly Landscape-in-a-box

The two above are more boxes than well raised beds, but I'm a sucker for pretty. If these were a little higher they'd be perfect. Both are Landscape-in-a-box kits and come with all you need to set up a cute little garden plot, including, curved composite timbers and stacking joints, eco-friendly curved composite wood grain timber made with 40% wood fiber and 60% recycled polyethylene, a durable rot-proof frame, an optional solar light kit, and the whole deal is toxin and splinter free. Available at Composter.com.


This Four Level Pyramid Raised Garden Bed would rock for herbs, or maybe something like strawberries or cascading flowers.


The garden above belongs to the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Radio Show and it's very cool. It's a sunken bed but they've lined it with recycled bottles which helps hold soil and plants in.


In other cool bottle news you can even build a bed out of wine bottles! A totally awesome reuse project that makes for a green and unique garden. Resource Oregon had this nifty garden wall posted, but you can DIY with instructions.