Raised beds are not a new craze; they have been around for years. With a loyal fan base in the gardening world their popularity does not come without good reason. They are a common feature in many gardens and there is no reason why they can’t be in yours.

 

raised bed and lovely veg

All the raised beds in this blog article are made from our Timber Sleepers.

As trends shift, more of us are keen to pay more attention to where our food comes from, and this has lead to increased popularity in growing your own fruits and vegetables. Raised beds are perfect for growing your own; below we explore just why they are so popular.

Garden with ease

Planting within raised beds eases the gardening process.  Taking away the need to bend down or kneel, timber sleepers can make gardening more accessible.  By creating manageable sized beds you take the difficulty and full body work out you may have previously got from gardening which is often a common deterrent.  Make sure you put thoughtful planning into location and the size of the beds, as you want to be able to reach the centre without having to stretch too much.

raised bed with trellis 

Grow a happy crop

If your soil quality is poor within your garden, raised beds allow you to fill with specific soil that suits the plants that you’re growing.  Raised beds help take advantage of full growing seasons as soil within a raised bed also warms up quicker which stimulates growth earlier. They can also allow for better drainage which most plants need to thrive and can also allow you to plant earlier as the soil dries out faster in the spring.

Raised Bed

Deter the garden pests

Raised beds can be a long climb for slugs and this will slow them down, allowing you to monitor and catch them en route to your tasty plants. We’ve got a great blog on tips for effective slug management which can help you manage these garden pests. Raising your crops up also stops the likelihood of dogs or similar animals urinating over your hard-earned produce.

Raised beds increase aesthetic appeal

Creating distinctive areas for plant growth that avoid pathways make gardens look neater. Instead of plastic plant pots everywhere, having natural timber within the garden can restore a natural elegance to your garden.

Timber sleepers 
Grow a variety of crops

Using different soil in each raised bed can widen the variety of crops you can grow as you can change it within each bed to suit the different crops. Raised beds also help you maximise space and grow vertically making use of every inch which is crucial in smaller gardens.