Make your own raised beds using basic lumber and hardware you may already have on hand. You can even create raised beds with attached trellises made from pieces of fencing to grow vining crops like climbing beans, cucumber or Malabar spinach. Line the bottom of the raised bed with hardware cloth if gophers or ground squirrels are problem pests in your region.
Build a trellis. Using sturdy materials like 2 x 4’s and hardware cloth, you can fashion trellises for all of your climbing and vining edibles, making more room in the ground for vegetables and herbs that tend to bush or clump. Small pumpkins, summer squash, cucumbers, peas, and green beans will love scrambling up the trellis, and they’ll be easier to maintain and harvest when their long vines are elevated.