Raised beds are a great way to get into gardening, you get all the benefits of fresh veggies, but skip the toilsome bending over to pull weeds and harvest the crops. They also help keep some pesky critters away that would love to eat your produce. I built three raised beds in my front yard. The design is super basic just a rectangle with 4x4s in the corners, and 1x4s running along the sides. I made my raised beds about six by four, and around thirty inches tall.