Unlike in-ground gardens, raised beds — also known as above-ground garden boxes — have a much longer growing season. They also don’t require the excessive tillage that can come with a traditional garden, and they’re easier to implement than an in-ground garden. The best part? These raised bed ideas are pretty easy to build yourself, whether you go for a wood, metal, or brick design—or something more imaginative, like reusing an old pallet.
To get you started, we spoke to gardening and landscaping experts who share their tips for building an affordable, well-performing raised bed.