Whether you’ve decided to create a pot or kitchen garden next to your back door for vegetables and herbs, or you want a dedicated area for flowers for a cut garden, raised beds are the answer. They have many advantages including the fact that they offer a place high off the ground to save your knees and back or to accommodate those with mobility issues. Plus, they keep your veggies away from hungry bunnies!
Raised garden beds also offer improved drainage if the soil in your area is heavy clay or too sandy, as you fill the bed with the exact soil mix you want. They also warm up faster than garden beds, which helps you maximize the number of growing days per year if you live in a cold climate.
Raised beds can be constructed from many different materials – including cedar, metal and brick pavers – and will suit any garden, no matter how large or small. Most raised beds are between 6 inches and 3 feet deep, allowing them to accommodate a variety of flowers and vegetables, from shallow-rooted species like lettuce to deeper-rooted veggies like tomatoes.