More and more amateur gardeners indulge into this trendy new option: raised garden beds.
Smart, convenient and cost-effective, elevated garden beds boast many advantages and are quite easy to implement.
And they look dashing, too!
Let’s look everything up about raised garden beds.
Different types of raised garden beds
There are actually many types of elevated garden beds. Indeed, whenever the ground surface inside the bed is higher than the surrounding soil level, this qualifies as an elevated growing bed. Nonetheless, there are two main categories of elevated vegetable patches:
- Ground-based raised growing beds: this simply means preparing wide ridges or casings that make it possible to upraise the growing plot;
- Hanging or growing tables: this is when stands or sturdy tables are used to recreate a layer of soil at waist height. This makes it possible to tend your vegetable patch while standing upright.
This latter category can be further split into two sub-categories: simple elevated planters on one hand, and full-blown growing tables on the other. They’re quite different. Elevated planters are garden boxes, usually made of wood, which are filled with earth and of a relatively constant, small size, up to 3 feet (1 meter) wide at most. Growing tables are long tables used for more intensive planting, as in greenhouses. Atop these tables, you place your pots and plants and garden boxes.
This modular solution is best for persons who have a large garden or greenhouse, because it takes up quite a lot of space.
What are the advantages of elevated vegetable patches?
Raised gardens and vegetable patches have many advantages, whatever the solution you select.
First of all, you won’t need to bend over anymore – this will protect your back and joints – but, more than that, elevated growing surfaces are beneficial for your plants, too.
- Since you’re not walking on and around the beds anymore, the soil is looser, more broken down. Roots of the plants are free to wiggle around in their quest for nutrients. Your plantations are more beautiful and your harvest increases.;
- Since you don’t need to go around through the plants for weeding and such, you can plant more densely and increase productivity: you’ll harvest more for the same surface;
- The soil drains better, warms up faster in spring, and lets air through more effectively. The result is that you can start planting earlier and finish later: the growing season is extended ;
- Last but not least for those who are organic through and through: if ever the soil in your garden is polluted (and there is a high risk of that being the case), growing in elevated raised beds will ensure you can source organic soil of the best possible quality. You can also easily amend it later on. Your vegetables will be 100% organic!
Not only is an elevated growing bed very elegant, original and pleasurable to tend, it also makes it possible to grow vegetables without destroying a landscaped garden, and even grow produce on your balcony or deck!
How to build or make a raised vegetable patch
You’ve got several options for setting up an elevated growing bed. Those who aren’t much of a doer and those who don’t have the space to make it can purchase one ready-made. Many suppliers now offer this type of produce as kits to assemble. They’re often reasonably priced.
For those who have an itch to grab a saw and screwdriver, it is very easy to do it yourself. Nothing tricky there:
- A few boards for the siding,
- stands or legs at least 2 inches (5 cm) across,
- a drill, screwdriver, hacksaw and stainless steel screws will bear the load.
A few hours later, you’ll have a great raised planter!