Raised beds have many benefits, not least they are a perfect way for people with limited space to enjoy a garden.
Some people even put them on their patios which is fine for plants that don’t need much root depth, like lettuce, broccoli, celery, or onions.
Raised bed frames can be built from timber, bricks or concrete blocks, filed up with good
soil and plenty of organic matter.
The solid frames give them a well-defined look. The beds can be as high as you’d like them and prevents soil runoff during rain.
Raised beds are narrow, giving access around them without having to walk on the beds, which prevents the soil from being compacted.
They are also easier to water and harvest, so are especially good for people who have trouble bending over. Usual height would be 400 - 600mm but they can be built to a height to suit a particular requirement.
They can be ideal for mobility challenged gardeners as they can be spaced to accommodate the movement of wheelchairs. A hard surface would be needed between each bed to allow access.
Raised beds are suitable for both vegetables and flowers alike.
A great advantage of a raised bed is that the soil gets excellent drainage and in Spring, the soil warms up earlier allowing more growing time because you can plant sooner.
Raised beds can save time because plants are more closely spaced making it more difficult for weeds to find space, resulting in less weeding!
Efficiently spaced rows, enables more room for all your plants or vegetables giving more yield in a smaller space!
A raised bed can also help deter some animals, like rabbits who don’t usually want to leave the ground and climb up to the garden.