So you want to plant some veg but you don't have much space or you want to keep them in a neat area. Today we’re going to look at how to make the most of a tiered vegetable planter.


Why a raised bed?

Raised beds give you more control over the growing environment. If you’ve got heavy, clay soil, planting in a raised bed means you’ve got better drainage and it also means you can grow plants that might need a specific soil, for instance blueberries in ericaceous soil.

One of the biggest advantages though, is that a raised bed gives you better access to your plants and veggies. If you have mobility issues, a dodgy back, creaky knees or just want an easier life, gardening with a raised bed makes everything easier. 

Another feature of a raised bed has to be the fact that they help to tackle the perennial pest problem. It’s much easier to control access to beds that sit away form the main garden, and you can add copper tape to the sides, beer traps around the edges, and make the paths particularly loathsome to slugs.


Why a Tiered Bed?

Having three tiers means you can organise your vegetables and get started with a good system of crop rotation. Plant taller veggies at the top and low growing salad plants at the bottom will mean you have really good access to both during the growing (and eating) season.


Filling your bed

You will need to do a bit of earth turning to break up compacted earth before you install your bed. Follow this with a good layer of medium-sized rubble or stones, then fill with a decent amount of topsoil. Finish this off with some well-rotted compost and your bed is ready for action. Raised beds can lose nutrients more quickly than the rest of the garden so make sure to feed weekly with a liquid fertilizer and regularly top it up with good quality compost.

 

Top Tier

Vegetables like broccoli and potatoes work well in the highest tier as not only will they will block out light to other plants if they’re in the bottom, but they also have deep roots.


Middle Tier

Try courgette plants, strawberries, garlic, and anything from the onion family. The middle tier is slightly shallower than the top but still offers great space for vegetable plant roots.


Bottom Tier

This is where you want all the plants that you will need easy access to. Salad leaves, lettuce, and herb plants will all do well in the lower tier and you’ll find it really easy to nip out into the garden and chop a few bits off here and there without wading through the taller plants.

So, we can’t recommend a tiered raised bed enough. Not only do they provide easy access, they can also make gardening easier for those who struggle to get around. Of course, you don’t have to plant vegetables in your bed, you can also have fun designing brilliant displays of all your favourite plants. Get out there and get digging!