Investing in a quality set of raised beds is one of the best decisions you can make as a gardener. Not only are they perfect for your own home allotment, but they can also make an attractive architectural feature that adds interest to larger gardens, or decked areas. We’ve got some great raised beds in stock, all made to the highest quality and from responsibly sourced European pine – these beds really are built to last.

 

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.

 

One of the biggest advantages though, has to be the fact that raised beds 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.

 

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.

 

Vegetables

You can grow all kinds of veggies and fruits in a raised bed. In fact, many people choose to locate their soft fruits in a raised bed because of the opportunity to control the growing environment and so that particularly vibrant growers, like raspberry canes, can’t run amok around the whole garden. If you want, you can operate a mini farming-style crop rotation to get the most from your raised bed. Raised beds also make it easier to install any cane rows for growing taller crops, and even to erect your own home-made poly-tunnel for growing tender veg.

 

Plants

Herbs grow well in a raised bed thanks to the specialist conditions you can create – and to the fact that the soil warms up sooner come the spring. You can also add a pergola or trellis section and get going with some climbers. Some gardeners like to grow plants for cut flowers and farm their crop with the aid of a raised bed.

 

Raised beds give you all sorts of options and make a practical garden idea too.