I love to garden in a raised bed. I can control the makeup of the soil, it’s easier to weed and tends to compact far less than beds directly in the ground. This bed is one of my favorite designs and is what I’ll be basing a 8′ x 8′ raised bed space on. The fencing keeps the critters out of your veg and by simply putting a tall fence version in the back, it acts as a trellis for climbing beans, cucumber and other plants that vine.
This simple raised bed is narrow so I don’t have to reach as far and being in a “U” shape, makes far better use of limited space. Pretty pricy using redwood or cedar.
Here’s another example in a brand new bed. The narrow long beds with a slot up the middle maximizes garden space while minimizing stretching across a standard 4 foot bed width.