Raised beds are an increasingly popular garden trend at the moment. Not only can they look like a great modern garden feature, but they come along with benefits to your plants too!
Why it improves yields…
We’ve been growing everything at ground level which with some crops is always a gamble being easy to access for some of the most persistent pests, paws and feet. I’ve worked in several vegetable gardens over the years and without a doubt, one sure fire way of improving yields is the use of raised beds.” – Tom Attwood
It may not be full proof at dissuading nature at interfering with your lovely herb/vegetable garden, but it does definitely reduce it and that is what matters here
For some people, having a raised bed makes it easier to manage the plants and weeds if they have a bad back.
Me, I prefer to use it to rest my beer on the edge.
If the other two reasons don’t help your plants, this one certainly will! As much of the country is deprived of soil, let alone soil rich in the nutrients and minerals required to make your plants thrive. With raised beds, you decide which soil goes in and how deep you want it so you can choose the best soil based on the plants you are growing.
“The material you choose to make your raised beds from can be extremely varied as can the price tag depending on what choices are made. You need to think about how you wish to incorporate the beds into your garden. If they are completely out of sight and are a purely functional structure then the aesthetics are less important. Timber is a good solution but like all wood, it will have a shelf life depending on the condition, size and whether or not it’s been treated. I used to run past a gargantuan site of allotments when I lived and studied in south-west London and beds built using corrugated tin were the order of the day for many of the allotmenteer’s; there is, however, a time and place for corrugated metal. Old scaffold boards are surprisingly long lasting and are good when your resources are limited.”
If you are planning to make one yourself,
I would definitely recommend making one now. There’s typically not much to do in the garden at this time of year. So if you make it now, by the time of year comes to actually plant your herbs or vegetables, for example, you already have it set up.
Leaving it to make until then makes you procrastinate and then we all know that it won’t get done at all!
Information provided by: http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/15039213.GARDENING__using_raised_beds_improves_vegetable_yields/