There are many significant reasons why you should consider raised garden beds. Compared to the traditional ground garden plot, a raised garden bed can offer substantial advantages. If your garden bed was one of our Raised Vinyl Garden Beds, there is virtually no maintenance, allowing you more time to enjoy your garden. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits your raised garden bed brings your way.
1. Pest & pet barrier
Don’t let those creepy crawlers destroy your hard work and keep the family dog from eating your tomatoes (true story). The frame on a raised garden bed can offer a natural barrier against pests that seek to devour the plants you toiled so diligently for. Adding a liner at the bottom or sides of the bed or mesh netting can help deter any potential trespassers. Any potential problems can be easier to spot when your precious vegetables, fruits and flowers are closer to eye level! The quicker you spot any problem, the sooner you can deal with it.
2. Better soil & watering control
You control the soil condition more easily and stay on top of weeds. No more quackgrass/couch grass growing in from the lawn. A sandy-based soil will allow for better water drainage, a clay-based one, for better water retention. Picking the soil lets you create the exact environment you want for your preferred seed. This can help you control many types of bacterial or fungal diseases that would try to steal your harvest.
3. Extended growing season
Especially important in regions with a shorter growing season. If you deal every year with the concern of planting and harvest dates then take a look at the raised garden bed. Being above ground lets them thaw quicker and warm up quicker in the spring and fall. Ease those time constraints and enjoy your gardening that much more.
4. Less risk of soil compacting
A raised bed may eliminate all chance of your soil being compacted by your pets or even your own two feet. But it will definitely lower the chance the ground being trampled on, possibly even damaging your hard work. And when those rains come, the improved drainage will help disperse the moisture additionally reducing soil compacting. Those sightly weeds will also be easier to deal with in your raised bed. Less compacting means they put out easier and break off less frequently. Removing compacting problems means less worry and stress and greater results.
5. Great for those with limited mobility
If you have ever spent extended periods of time bent over in the garden, tending to its various needs, you know how back breaking the work can be. Raising the level of your work area eases the strain on your body–making it easier to fertilize, weed and plant your garden. Your favourite hobby just got a little bit easier. No more breaking your back and paying for it later. Simply sit on the edge of our standard raised garden bed and prune your plants or pull out those annoying weeds.
With our 2×4 Raised Garden Bed (seen below), you can actually garden while standing! A great addition for those with limited mobility or those who wish to garden on their apartment deck or concrete patio.
6. Grow where you want
Place the beds wherever you want. Use them to design an environment of your own choosing. Make your yard, not just another garden. Decorate your area and personalize your space. Their portability allows you to even move them. What versatility! Make a raised garden bed part of your yards renovations and architecture. A raised bed will also bring the plants higher, allowing more hours of sun exposure where fences and man-made structures would cause shade on a traditional ground garden.
7. Increased yields
Who doesn’t want to see greater rewards! Those vegetables and fruits you have been tending to will love growing up in this environment. Not only will they enjoy the sun shining down from above, but they will love the extra warmth from the direct light on the sides of the bed. Couple this with aforementioned points like proper soil, less compacting, and pest and disease control, your effort will bring back greater rewards.
Working with a raised garden bed is a great way to enhance your horticultural experience. It will help you create lush gardens with fresh, healthy produce that will leave your neighbours in awe. Be ready for lots of looks and questions about where you purchased your raised garden beds.