Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford
A raised garden bed is a vegetable patch that is elevated off the ground and is usually divided into squares. Similar in appearance to a planter, these beds are set up in the garden in the hopes of growing vegetables. What's more, these grids can be an attractive addition to your garden decor as they can provide a wide variety of shapes and colours.
1. The vegetables are not planted directly in the ground, which means you can choose the type of soil and compost that will be used inside the vegetable patch. This way, you will know for sure that the soil has never been treated by pesticides, making it an ideal solution for organic vegetable growers keen to look out for their health.
2. Raised garden beds take up very little space.
3. Raised garden beds are extremely basic structures that will allow you to grow a wide variety of crops and save water in the process.
It should be fairly straightforward to choose the right raised bed for you as there are only a couple of features to consider. These beds are made up of wood that has been treated (by autoclave or impregnation). Pay attention to the following features:
You don't have to be a skilled DIYer to build your own raised bed. Before you get started, you need to keep in mind that you are trying to build a structure that will be easy to work with. You can use materials such as wooden planks, round timbers or even garden edging. If you are using wood, you need to make sure that it has not been pre-treated with unsuitable chemicals. In order to build your own bed, you simply have to:
Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford, 51 guides
From a background in waste transportation, I became a farmer specializing in organic market gardening. A graduate of a professional baccalaureate in Agronomy and Horticultural Production, I tried for several years as a young farmer to settle in the beautiful region of Oxford. After many disappointments, I finally started a small-business in home services, specifically in gardening, assisted by my loving, dear husband. Passionate about nature and wild edible plants, I am very attentive to ecological solutions and respectful of our environment in all aspects of my daily life. From the vegetable garden to the flower beds, from seed to harvest, I have all kinds of advice up my sleeve. Do not hesitate to ask me your questions.