Raised Bed Gardens- Review

Raised Bed Gardens- Review

For the professional, semi-professional or novice gardener, we are probably aware that raised beds will take the dredgery, hard labour and stress from our gardening chores. These raised beds will reduce a series of issues related to gardening and remove that hard digging that we always associated with outdoor gardening in general. No longer is the back-breaking exercise of firstly, having to dig or till the garden and then come along some days later and attempt to break-up the soil with a fork or rake. Raised bed frames-review, will attempt to untangle the non mysteries of this horticultural hobby and make this account of raised bed gardening as simple as we possibly can.

Like the job description that we are so well accustomed to reading online from time to time…’no experience required’ can be easily applied to this exercise. It’s safe to say that anyone who has never attempted to grow a garden previously, could not and should not fail at gardening by using this system, ie raised beds.

For starters building a raised bed is not an overly difficult project, with a little planning and assistance one can assemble this in less than one hour. The material that is required is very little and perhaps we may have this lying around at home in a garage or shed. One could always get this at our local hardware store or failing that, these raised bed frames are available for purchase online and come  in flatpack form. Basically, what we are looking at is four planks of wood, nailed or screwed together to form a rectangle, giving you a confined overground gardening space of 4ft. x 8ft. approx.




Getting a head start;


With raised beds in place, we have a much more organised envoirnment for our planting and the previous gardening challenges that we would have encountered, have dissappeared into the mists of time. The initial advise for a novice or beginnerer gardener would be to start with one bed frame and work upwards and onwards from there. Its like any other job or walk of life, we need to start at the bottom and work our way up from there. The scientific research shows and tells us that plants and vegetables are much happier in this envoirnment and its so easy to see why. They have little or competition from weeds, so all the nourishment that exists in the soil is allocated to our vegetables, thus giving an improved harvest in the end.

In a raised bed rectangle measuring approx. 4ft x 8ft, its really simple to manage and take care of, indeed, one could say it practically takes care of itself. Watering is just one task that needs to be looked at frequently, especially in the early days afer planting and depending on where we live and what type of climate prevails. As soon as the plants and veggies mature, their leaves form a canopy over the frame and reduces moisture loss. The moisture is also contained within the frame and is an extra chore or task that cab be easily eliminated by integrating an irrigation system.



Location, location, location;


Needless to say that location of the raised beds is paramount and so important to the healthy growth of our vegetables. Always select a sunny area, orientate the beds in an east – west direction for optimum sun benefits and critically ensure that the bed frame is on level flat ground. As a raised bed is considered the most productive and also deemed an attractive accessory to our back yard or back garden, the one critical element of this whole equation is the soil. If we discover that we have poor soil in our back gardens, which invariably is the case, this issue is easily resolved by adding some well rotted farmyard manure ( if available ) or some good quality compost. After adding some of the manure, compost or good grade topsoil, fork in and mix with the existing soil and we are ready for planting.





Raised bed advantages;


If again we are completely new to the world of raised bed gardening and we are wondering what is all the fuss about this system of gardening, let’s look at some of the advantages of using this method of gardening. Within the raised bed frame, we have for starters good quality growing conditions which will result in very early positive yields. The fact that the soil is well prepared and well drained, this gives an added advantage over the old system that we used. The fact that the bed soil heats up earlier than before is also beneficial to the plants and vegetables and this creates an  oven type envoirnment, which will help growth and also extends the growing season. We also can plant our vegetables closer to each other, so as to maximise the range and amount that we can plant. One other important element of this system is that the fact that our raised beds can be 8-12″ higher than normal, this will assist with not having to bend or stoop while attending to the maintenance of our raised garden beds.



Plant and harvest;


Once we have all of the above established, its now time to go ahead and plant up our raised beds. Naturally we will have thought about what we are going to plant and one piece of advise that I would offer, which is, plant vegetables that are easy to grow and cultivate. These would be some salads like lettuce, rocket, spinach and the like. The vegetables that grow very easy and with little or no maintenance are onions, spring onions, strawberries and maybe baby potatoes and so on. These will return yields within 4-6 weeks and that’s pretty fast in the growing gardening world. Once we have seen how easy these exercises were, that should give us confidence and motivation to continue with this great outdoor hobby.

We have all learned and read about the chemical and pesticide sprays that are frequently used in food production, how many hundreds of airmiles the produce has travelled and so forth. We can now change all of this by setting aside some time to concentrate on growing our own and moving slowly towards becoming more self-sustainable and self-sufficient in providing for ourselves and our families. What we have just reviewed takes very little time from our busy lives, if we can afford say 1-2 hours out of our daily schedule, then this exercise, will have been time well spent.

Here’s hoping and trusting that you have found this information useful and beneficial, if so, remember that we are very sociable here at buildingraisedbeds.com. Please join in the conersation and feel free to leave comments in the contact section down below.

Happy gardening to all out there,

Cheers         Phil Browne.


“As far as Frances was concerned,

gardening was simply

open-air housework.”

― Sarah Waters,


6 thoughts on “Raised Bed Gardens- Review

  1. I love raised bed gardening. I actually have one on the side of my home. It was there when we bought the house and we have been enjoying growing Creole tomatoes and bell peppers along with hot peppers.
    Our raised bed is made out of some sort of plastic. It looks like it was just snapped together.
    I think the wood ones looks better though. If I were to place another one,I would consider wood. Do you have plans?

    1. Hi there,

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post. First off, I agree with you that raised beds make life very easy for us in the garden and makes life more enjoyable in that area.

      Secondly as far as what type of raised beds you should use is entirely up the people themselves. Its a case of personal selection and preference. I would personally suggest the timber or wooden raised beds as they make up approx 90% of the choices out there today.

      I have done some reviews about these on this website and you can check those out here.

      Thanks again for dropping by and happy gardening

      Cheers        Phil Browne

  2. Thank you for taking some of the mystery out of the raised bed garden thing. Some of my friends are talking about this and I wasn’t sure what it was all about. After reading your article I am now ready to commit to starting a garden in my backyard for the first time to grow some of my favorite vegetables. You have described it very well and I can now see easy and rewarding it will be for me to make my own raised bed garden.

    1. Hi there DaveM

      thanks for stopping by and reading this post. I agree with you that raised beds are a great way tostart gardening, if we are thinking about it for the first time.

      This method of gardening will make life very easy for us and there is little or no maintenance once we are up and running.

      They look very appealing and attractive and if located in an appropriate area of our back garden or backyard.

      Thanks again for your comments and happy gardening

      Cheers   Phil Browne

  3. Hi Phil,

    Lovely article about raised beds. I love seeing raised beds as I drive through the city, as it is a great option for folks with limited yard space. You also presented several aspects I hadn’t considered with raised beds, such as the lack of weeds.

    I’ve often wondered if weeds were a problem with raised beds. I supposed I know they wouldn’t already be there as the soil is placed in the bed. However, I didn’t know if they could transport themselves into the beds or not as the season goes along. Can this be a problem?

    Thank you,


    1. Hi there Jaemio

      Many thanks for dropping by and also for reading this post. I agree with you that raised beds look very attractive and also look very organised. They are a great solution for people who are interested in gardening and have little or no room, as you rightly pointed out.

      On the question of weeds and maintenance, yes, weeds will appear out of nowhere and will take over the garden unless we pay due diligence to them. But as our vegetables mature and start to grow a little taller, the weeds are then crowded out, which is a big help.

      Thanks again for stopping by and happy gardening

      Cheers   Phil Browne

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