Advantages of Raised Beds

Advantages of Raised Beds

Lets talk for a moment about the advantages of raised beds, which may I add, are numerous. After we have created and constructed a raised bed frame, we will be feeling pretty chuffed and and happy with a job well done. To be honest this is only the beginning, as we now begin a journey of self-discovery and self-fullfilment in the horticultural world. This is a step-up from the conventional traditional style of gardening as we knew it, to a more advanced, scientific method of over-ground gardening. This new found gardening hobby or pastime is now a lot more like a labour of love, rather than the chore it used to be and thus it becomes much more enjoyable.

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Advantages of Raised Beds;

 

  • Extended growing period,
  • Less maintenance and less weeding,
  • Higher yields return,
  • Build once – lasts for years,
  • Good drainage and ideal soil aeration,
  • More order to our garden,
  • Different bed sizes.

I could also add ; Plants are much happier in this envoirnment, we have better pest control, we can assemble the bed shape, size, and design to our own liking, locate the beds where we desire, the beds are accesible to wheelchair users if needs be and we can easily create and construct a cover for these raised beds.

 

Disadvantages of Raised Beds;

 

None that I can think of at the moment except we may need to do a little extra watering during a dry period/spell. However this task can be easily off-set by erecting and installing a sprinkler or watering system.

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This is something that we must try, I have a lot more to say that could be added to the advantages list, but we would be here all day going over them. Once we get organised and have the first raised bed in place, we are on our way. Again I must repeat that whatever we decide to plant in our raised beds, be it vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs etc, the type of soil-mixture ratio is of utmost importance. Our local friendly garden centre will advise us accordingly. We don’t need a degree or a masters to make raised bed gardening a success. After all a raised bed frame is just a large planting box, however, we will be awesomely surprised by how easy it is to achieve progress with this method. This success will motivate us to become more engaged in this new found system of above ground gardening. We can push the boundaries here and the sky is the limit, in so far as, how far we  we want to go with these raised garden beds.

Happy gardening to all…..

Cheers……….Phil Browne.

 

” The garden suggests there might be a place

where we can meet nature halfway.

— Michael Pollan “

 


 

10 thoughts on “Advantages of Raised Beds

  1. I like raised beds too. Every time I have moved in the last 6 years I have built a new set of them. It takes a lot of time in the beginning, but then you don’t have to do it again vs. beds straight in the soil that you have to upkeep all year and make new every single year. I have always lived in short growing seasons too, so the raised bed is definitely a winner in warming up the soil earlier in the year. What materials do you use for the structure?

    1. Hi there, Elisa

      Thanks for your kind comments. I mainly use timber planks for the frame of my raised garden beds. There are other possibilities….depending on the amount of space and materials to hand. Old building bricks/blocks, a bed could be built of large stones arranged nicely to give you a square or rectangle space for gardening. The options are endless. Thanks again

      Cheers…PB

  2. My father is a planting fanatic. For almost twenty to thirty years, he’s been constantly growing his own vegetables on the roof. He tried everything like tomatoes, grapes, longan, watermelons, chives, scallions, mint, smelly grass (chinese herb), and others. He hasn’t tried the concept of a raised bed yet. You are right about the work, but it seems to be worth the extra effort. It is used to control the type of soil, and maximize the water usage in the group of plants that you prefer. It also raises it off the ground level so you don’t have to constantly bend over to deal with your plants. Nice recommendation. I am going to tell my father so he can give it at try.

    1. Hi there Blame,

      Thank you for your great comments and observations. I know that the ‘Raised Garden Bed’ system is a great idea and will definitely help people with their gardening issues. I am happy that you are going to refer the ‘raised bed’ idea to your Dad, so hopefully it will be of some assistance to him. There are a lot of benefits and advantages to growing our vegetables, using this system

      Best wishes to you and have a great 2017,

      Cheers…….Philip Browne

  3. Hi Phil
    This is such a great website with so many ideas. My boyfriend and I have been considering having raised beds in our garden, mainly because we have a LOT of slugs in our garden and they attach our veggies. I heard that raised beds are harder for slugs to reach. Do you use anything special (preferably something natural) to keep them away??

    1. Hi there Ayako,
      Thank you for your interest in Raised Garden Beds, especially the subject of slugs in your vegetable patch. In response to your enquiry, may I say that this is a problem that we encounter, almost every week without fail. There are a number of solutions that I can recommend to you.
      1) You can purchase copper wire strips at any garden centre for this purpose, which are then placed along the frame of the raised bed. This is a great prevention as when the slugs come into contact with the copper…it gives them a shock which deters them from going any further into the beds.
      2) Non-toxic slug pellets are also available at all garden centres, which are harmful to the slugs, but non-harmful to wildlife..birds, pets, etc
      3) There is a product called, ‘Coconut Shell’ which is also available at all garden centres. This is a mulch-type product that is scattered over the garden beds and slugs don’t like trying to negotiate this as it irritates them greatly.

      Hoping this info. is beneficial to you,
      Happy gardening….
      Cheers………..Phil Browne

  4. I enjoyed reading about your raised garden beds. I am very new to the world of gardening, and I only ever imagined having a single layered garden bed -however this opens up a world of possibility in terms of design, saving space, and simply not having to bend as far down for watering! Hah
    Do you find that certain crops are best on the bottom level whereas others are better fit for the top? What about competition for sunlight, how do the hights affect this?

  5. Hi there Gina,
    Thanks for your comments and site page feedback. I’m happy that you have enjoyed reading about raised beds and hopefully the site was of assistance to you. In relation to crop positioning, I would suggest you plant those that will grow the tallest at the back of the raised bed and those that don’t grow that tall at the front. With that system both tall and short crops will be able to take advantage of the sun. Hopefully that will explain the plant positioning for you,
    Thanks again for stopping by,
    Cheers…..Phil Browne

  6. Raised beds are so awesome! I love the idea of doing a garden this way. Your information has given me a lot to go on, so thank you. Looking forward to spring to use some of your suggestions.

    1. Hi there Merry,
      Thanks for comments and hopefully the information was useful. Yes for sure, Spring is just around the corner and soon we all will be very busy. Thanks again for stopping by,
      Happy gardening,
      Philip Browne.

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