No garden? No space? No problem. Raised garden beds are the perfect way to get the garden you’ve always wanted without sacrificing too much square footage in your yard. Raised beds are also a good idea for those who may not have the flexibility or energy to constantly be bending over or kneeling down to work in their garden.

There are several ways to create raised garden boxes without breaking your back or your budget. Here’s just a few ideas to get you started.

Ana White to the rescue again! She has simple plans to create counter-height garden boxes with easy step by step directions and full photo tutorials. These are a great option for those who aren’t interested in gardening on the ground.

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If you have critter problems in your area, consider a covered bed using chicken wire and PVC pipe. You can use these same plans to create a drip watering system for your plants.  

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Raised beds make a great frame for your existing deck or patio. Integrating them into your landscaping makes it easier to care for them and use your fresh vegetables in the next backyard barbeque.  

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You don’t even have to spend the effort to build your own raised beds. These wine boxes make the perfect container to get you started. Line them up and you’re ready to go.

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Large plastic bins also work great for raised garden beds. This tutorial from Instructables gives you step by step directions to build this self-watering veggie table.

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6.Even in the smallest yard you can create raised garden beds by lining them up against the fence.

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Cinderblocks also make a great solution for raised garden beds. Fill the inside with your vegetables and line the outside squares with herbs or flowers.

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This raised bed is made from a pallet, which gives natural rows to organize your plants.  

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Making your raised bed garden in a U-shape makes it easy to tend to all your vegetables in one place.  

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This is the best of all worlds combines. It’s raised high enough to save your back, includes a fence to keep out critters, and it comes in a pre-made, ready to assemble kit that is shipped right to your house. That’s a win win win!

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