Raised garden beds
Increasingly popular across the USA, raised garden beds and vegetable garden beds, work by lifting the garden above ground. A number of benefits including improved access, makes gardening a lot easier. They can also be used to improve drainage. Many different materials and designs can be used in construction. Dimensions, including height and width need to be carefully considered.
Citrus trees and other fruit trees can be grown in raised beds, especially in areas of poor draining soils.
Raised garden beds can be built as an integral design element in the garden. In colder climates they can warm more quickly after a cold winter, the growing season may be extended.
They may be constructed as either be temporary structures, garden beds that may be moved if required, or permanent structures, garden beds that are fixed such as stone, brick or masonry (see image below).
Materials for making raised garden beds.
Materials available in kit form vary greatly. Raised garden beds should be constructed of non toxic materials, commercial raised garden beds come in a wide range of materials including:
- Metal, Galvanised, Corten or Colorbond.
- Pressure treated lumber
- Recycled plastic
- Brick and masonry
- Concrete blocks
- Poured concrete
Raised Garden Beds are particularly popular in the following states : Oregon, Idaho, Vermont, Montana, North Carolina, Washington, Maine, New Hampshire, Utah, Massachusetts,New Mexico, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Missouri and Colorado.