As the cost of lumber rises, we continue to get more questions about whether raised beds. The added expense, material costs, and soil to fill the garden bed may seem like a waste.
But listen to us when we say, that is absolutely not the case. Raised garden bed kits are an affordable solution. Many of our own Hydrobuilder staff have their very own Vego Garden Raised Beds and love them!
Unless you're lucky to live in an area with the perfect soil for growing fruits and vegetables (which doesn't really exist), you'll find that raised garden beds will drastically improve your productivity, enjoyment, and overall success in the kitchen, too.
Why Use Raised Beds for Gardening
Raised garden beds are practical, but they also add an aesthetic beauty to your backyard. Raised beds allow us to maximize our growing space, enhance drainage, improve productivity, and more easily tend to our plants.
Using gardening raised beds offers several benefits that can make gardening more efficient, productive, and enjoyable. Here are some reasons why someone might consider using a raised garden bed:
- Better Soil Control: Raised beds allow you to control the quality and makeup of the soil more easily. You can fill them with a mix of soil and amendments exactly to the needs of the plants you want to grow.
- Improved Drainage & Watering: Raised garden beds have better drainage than in-ground gardens. This can help prevent root rot, especially in areas with poor soil.
- Easier Maintenance: This is a BIG one for us! Raised beds provide a defined space, making it easier to manage and maintain your garden. You won't need to worry about stepping on the garden soil and compacting it. And the smaller space makes it convenient to water, feed, and tend to your plants.
- Accessibility: Raised beds are high off the ground, which is a huge benefit for people with mobility issues. They reduce the need to bend over or kneel, making gardening more comfortable.
- Reduced Weeds: The elevated nature of raised beds can help reduce weed growth. This is because it's harder for weed seeds to find their way into the bed. If weeds do show up, it’s easier to spot and remove them.
- Pest Control: Raised beds can be fitted with barriers such as cloth or netting. They help to protect plants from common pests, like rabbits, rodents, and insects. Their raised nature also helps keep bugs away. This can reduce the need for pesticides.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Raised beds enrich the visual appeal of your garden. They provide a neat and organized appearance. And you can choose materials that complement your overall landscaping.
- Maximized Space: If you have a confined space, raised beds allow you to make the most of what you have. Raised garden kits are especially awesome for small apartment patios or balconies. They really make great use of the limited space.
- Better Soil Aeration: The soil in raised beds is less compacted than that in traditional gardens. This enhances root growth and allows for better airflow around plant roots.
- Longer Growing Season: Depending on your climate, raised beds can extend your growing season. They allow you to create microclimates that offer protection from cold weather, frost, or rain.
Raised garden beds offer a range of advantages that suit various gardening goals. They also will give you more flexibility in how you can garden. Whether you're a long-time gardener or just starting, they provide an easy way to cultivate plants in a controlled setting.
Raised Garden Bed Kits
By now it is clear that a raised garden bed kit is not only convenient but they are also very affordable. Thanks to raised garden bed brands such as Vego Garden, we are sure you will be able to find the perfect raised bed kit for your space.
DIY Raised Garden Beds
If you are a DIY’er at heart, you can buy the individual lumber, hardware, and all other materials needed to create your own custom garden bed. After growing in a raised bed kit, such as the kits from VegoGarden, we know there is no reason to build your own.
For those of you that still want to build a raised garden bed, we have some helpful tips. Before setting up your own raised beds, consider the purpose of gardening in a raised bed. Make sure to determine the size you want and use the best materials to build your raised bed.
When it comes to the main part of any DIY garden bed, don't cheap out! You must use pressure-treated wood, not just any untreated wood.
This is because pressure-treated wood is rot-resistant. If you use untreated wood, be prepared for your bed to rot and break down after just a year or two. That would be a HUGE waste of time and money!
Raised Garden Bed Irrigation
To further complement the ease of using a raised garden bed, we have a huge selection of raised garden bed drip irrigation kits. These kits include all you need to provide to water your plants each and every day.
You can buy individual parts such as soaker hoses, drip lines, fittings, and more, but the simplicity of a pre-packaged kit is really the best route.
If you have just a small raised garden bed, it may make sense to just hand water your garden daily, or as your plants need it. However, hand watering is time-consuming. We all have things to do every day and they can be easily forgotten about. The last thing you would want is for your plants to die!
Drip irrigation systems for raised beds are the way to go. This easy-to-install drip irrigation kits are the best watering system for any herb or vegetable garden.
Final Thoughts On Raised Graden Beds
By now you probably realize you want to try your own raised planter box, so be sure to check out our favorite brand, Vego Garden!
If you need help selecting the right planter box for your needs, give our experienced growers a call at 888-815-9763, and we will be happy to help answer any questions you may have.
Looking for more information or want answers to the commonly raised bed FAQs we get asked? Take a look at our blog post on Raised Garden Beds: Everything You Need To Know. This ultimate guide will have all you ever need to know about these awesome additions to any home garden.