When we talk about efficiency, arrangement and saving space, the best results were achieved with the raised garden beds. No matter if you are an experienced gardener or an amateur, raised garden beds will significantly improve the growth of your crops and save some time, space and money.
Besides that, raised garden beds are the perfect solution for the heavy, infertile soils and will improve the appearance and accessibility of your garden.
Better than classic gardening
Raised garden beds are perfect for growing vegetables and flowers on small parcels or inconvenient land. They give a good drainage and stop pests, in the spring they warm up faster, have a better air circulation, protect the plants and keep the roots out of the dirty soil.
Raised garden beds are excellent for older people, persons with back injuries or disabilities because the soil level is raised and there is no need for bending over. With raised garden beds, you will have a clean garden without rocks, pests and weeds.
Do not confuse raised garden beds with planters, because raised garden beds have no bottom which permits the plant roots to go further into to ground in search of nutrients.
Raised garden beds are quite easy to make. First, pick the wood and decide how tall you want your bed to be.
Because f its natural resistance to decay, cedar is the best kind of wood you can use. Also, the Juniper is an excellent choice. Again, how long the wood will last depends on the type of wood you use and weather conditions.
In general, quality garden beds will last up to 10 years.
As for the bed dimensions, we recommend these dimensions:
- Width: less than 4’ across, to be easy to reach the center of the bed from either side.
- Length: as long as you want; the longer the bed the best, if you have garden space, but install supports to prevent bowing.
- Height: up to 36’, the most common height is 11’.
Fill the beds with organic fertilizer, compost and high-quality soils. We recommend you to put steel wire at the bottom of the bed to prevent possible entrance of moles and mice.
For raised garden beds you will not need special tools, just ordinary hand saw, square, mallet, level, screwdriver, hacksaw and drill.
Initially, you will have to invest in the material.
Raised garden beds hardly retain moisture and are very demanding regarding watering and if you want to move your beds, there will be a lot of work.
Raised garden beds are a great solution for a small garden, they provide many gardening opportunities, are decorative and can be installed anywhere, including concrete.