Unique Raised Garden Beds

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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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.

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    • Cristina

      Does anyone know if the raised bed attracts slugs, ants or other pests the same way that rocks or wood does? I would love to create one, but I already have slugs living under my rocks.

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    • motku

      Hi Christina,

      I’ve never had slugs in my raised beds yet. I have had ants… Pesky things, but industrious, so I can’t really knock them.

      The best trick I’ve learned for slugs control is one I learned from my Dad;

      Take a small dish, like the aluminum tin pot pies like to come in.
      Set this dish in the garden bed you are having slug trouble with.
      Pour a bottle of beer into the dish, you’ve just made a slug trap.

      Over the next few days your slugs will be attracted to the chemical smells of the fermented beverage. They’ll sidle on over and engorge themselves on the alcohol. This has a side benefit of drowning them in the beer. So now you just need to clean out and refill this dish now and again, and your slug troubles should be gone. Hope this helps you!