Planting a Raised Bed Garden

A raised bed garden takes your garden above the ground. You grow plants in a wooden frame (brick, stone, metal, or concrete also work well), and fill it with fresh, store-bought soil. It's a great way to garden, but there are some considerations to note, too.

Raised Bed Garden Bed Benefits

Raised beds are great if you live in an area with poor soil. And, because you can elevate the frame to any height, they make gardening easy if you have limited mobility. Here are more benefits:

  • You can grow a lot of food in a small space, and when placed in a sunny location with trellises, you can grow almost anything you like.
  • The soil quality is under your control.
  • They extend the growing season, since raised bed soil warms up earlier in spring and stays warmer later in the fall than the soil in in-ground gardens.
  • The fresh soil helps minimize daily garden maintenance—you'll likely need do less weeding.

Raised Bed Garden Considerations

Raised bed frames can be as simple or fancy as you like, and either built by you or bought as a kit. Make sure you're handy with a few tools and consider these other necessities:

  • You need a level site in full sun, away from trees or other objects that provide too much shade.
  • When thinking about size, remember you'll want to fill it with high-quality soil for a strong start. Setting a budget will help determine how big you can go.
  • Make sure the bed is deep enough to support the plants you want to grow (tomatoes, for example, do best with at least 20 inches for proper root development).
  • If you build a wood frame, you may have to redo it after a few seasons.


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