Growing season is creeping nearer, and we all are looking at our garden beds from last year in the harsh light of winters lack of plant cover…and possible being disappointed by their condition. Have you considered using raised beds this year? Raised beds are great for veggies and herbs, and can be the perfect solution for flower beds when the soil is poor, or when a gardener just needs an easier way to maintain their garden space. Easy to put together, raised beds are nothing more than a box with no bottom, filled with good garden soil. Plants that are grown in raised beds are healthier, weeds are easier to control, and watering and fertilizing is concentrated right where you need it. Gardeners that have trouble bending over find raised beds easier to work in, and you can make them any height that works for you. Plus, they just keep the garden neat! If you want to try raised garden beds this year, check out these tutorials for DIY raised garden beds. Our featured project, above – Gardenista shows us a homeowner with a brilliant idea – using water troughs as raised beds! I love this because it looks like art in the garden, yet tall enough to make working the beds easy for an older gardener, or someone like me who has trouble with her knees… Love this!

This raised bed has minimal side, but it’s an easy way to organize the vegetable patch. They used simple lengths of re-purposed steel rods as edging.



Just need a basic raised bed tutorial? This Old House shows you how…



Project Alicia created this unique raised bed from tin roofing and some lumber… They give complete directions on how they made it, and their son helped!



I Save A 2 Z created this budget friendly raised bed from cinder blocks. I like how they lined the bottom with cardboard to prevent weeds from growing up into the bed.



Life on the Balcony created this project that is a cross between a raised bed and a garden container… but it serves the raised bed purpose, and you have to love the vintage charm it gives the garden. Heres how to create a wine box raised garden bed.



Lastly, I’m throwing this one in because we love it for inspiring small gardens to having raised beds as well!


Create a basic garden bed, or a unique DIY raised garden bed like the ones shown here… Think of how much healthier you could eat, for less! (Oh, and EASIER!)

Image Credits: I Save A 2 Z, Gardenista, Landscaping Network, This Old House, Life on the Balcony, Flickr


  1. Amanda Tesch March 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    We have the uglest planter boxes. I’m totally going to do one of these ideas in the spring! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Mary March 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    How do you keep the cats out of your garden ? I really need some help on this. Thanks for any information. you can give me.

    1. Kathy Woodard April 9, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Thats a tough one Mary, outside getting a dog! Laying down rock as a mulch can help, and some people have had luck with using coyote urine products you can find at your local home improvement store. Anyone have a good home remedy for cat invasion?

      1. madeline September 9, 2014 at 3:02 am


      2. sbc September 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        try placing chicken wire about 3-4 inches above the soil…they cant find a way to dig a hole and will leave

      3. kerry April 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm

        I’ve seen people bury plastic forks close together in the soil with the tines sticking up. Not very attractive, but effective!

    2. Susan van Lierop January 6, 2015 at 4:47 am

      Some cats really don’t like coffegrounds, as it sticks on their paws and tastes awefull. After making coffe don’t trow away the used grounds, but spread them in those places cats like.
      If it’s a case of 1 cat returning time and again. I’ve used a supersoaker in my holiday to lay in wait. Fun to do with the kids, and the cat doesn’t get hurt, but after a squirt or 2 (or 3 or 4… depending on how stubborn the cat is) it managed to keep the cat away for a long time! ;)
      Also, if you know the cats owner, it’s a good idea to talk to them. A lot of owners are not aware their cat is causing trouble and may even help with finding solutions. Sometimes it’s as simple as keeping the cat indoors for certain hours of the day/night. Also you can talk about sharing costs for keeping their cat out of your garden (as buying new products can get expensive).

    3. Bert Kinchen March 8, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Motion sensor sprinkler. I love to watch them jump! And it works on all critters.

    4. Juliet Hayward March 18, 2015 at 7:57 am

      There are several things that keep cats away from a garden. There are pellets which are widely available, some I have seen are called Scoot. There is an ultrasonic appliance that omits a sound that cats hate and there is of course Lion poo which apparently works brilliantly. Good luck!

    5. darlene burch March 2, 2016 at 10:45 am

      try moth balls, the smell is offensive to dogs, cats, and other animals that have sensitive noses…

    6. Tammie March 31, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Just plant a few plants of catmint. The cats will be so focused on it that the rest of the yard doesn’t really appeal to them.

  3. kel February 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    We use either long bamboo skewers or wooden chopsticks in our garden beds to impede kittehs’ intended behaviors. Place them about 6-8 inches apart either in a symmetrical grid or a random scattering. They’re organic, in keeping with the beds’ appearance, easy and cheap to replace every season, and do not inhibit plant growth. Takes me about 10 minutes to “poink up” our two 4×8 raised beds every spring, and No More Kitteh Souvenirs, lest they want a sharp poke in their bums.

  4. Charlize Theron October 21, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Very good post. I’m facing some of these issues as well..


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