Raised Bed Garden by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Benefits of a Raised Bed Garden

Having a raised garden bed is a cheap and easy way to grow your own plot of flowers or vegetables. You might think it’s better to just throw a handful of seeds into a random patch of land on your backyard, but the initial investment you make in buying and setting up a raised vegetable garden will give you better results in the future. Here are the reasons why it’s better to get an elevated garden bed:

Great for Starters

Elevated garden beds are a great way for children and gardening amateurs to grow into the hobby of gardening. If you have absolutely no experience with gardening, this is the way to go. Believe it or not, this raised garden bed requires no set up AT ALL. Simply lay it down on the area where you want your portable garden to grow and start adding soil. They delineate between the garden and the yard – especially helpful if you have children.

Better Gardening Conditions

Raised flower beds allow you to control conditions to ensure that your plants get the best care from you. Some raised bed gardens have their own animal barriers so that any pests coming in from the ground or above ground are kept away. You can also provide weed barriers between the raised planter boxes and the ground to prevent weeds from creeping their way into your plants’ spaces. They also provide good soil drainage, even with our vertical garden cells, and prevent soil compaction. If you choose to use a raised garden bed with cover, you have even more barriers between pests, the weather and weeds from your plants.

Basil Growing in Raised Bed Garden by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Basil Growing in Raised Bed Garden Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Good for Seniors Too

Gardening is not easy. You have to spend hours upon hours bending and crouching while tending to your beloved plants. That doesn’t sound so good for seniors who love caring for their plants but suffer the aches and pains of hunkering down to the ground so much. With raised flower beds, you don’t have to bend at all. If you love gardening but hate the backaches that come with it, try a raised bed garden.

Raised Garden Bed with Cover
Raised Bed Garden Construction with Roof by Isaac Smith on Unsplash


 

Red Chard Growning in Raised Bed Garden by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Red Chard Growing in Raised Bed Garden by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Bring Your Garden Everywhere

 
You can place your portable garden beds anywhere. They are perfect for small backyards and apartments. You can even place them in sunlit corridors, patios, rooftops and balconies for decoration.

Raised Bed Gardens – Questions and Answers

Are there any benefits to using planter boxes?

If you are wanting to craft a raised bed garden, then using raised gardens or planter boxes are ideal. Raised bed gardens have a many benefits. Placing your flowers, herbs, or vegetables in a raised garden creates a controlled environment for them to grow in. In a controlled environment your plants are going to have less competition and will be able to better absorb the nutrients that you feed them. Planter boxes will also make gardening easier on you because it will be less of an area that you will have to deal with weeds. Having less weeds mean less work and you will have the time to truly make your flower bed or garden great.

Is it better to have a ground or raised vegetable garden?

If you are wanting to grow all of your vegetables organically then you should probably invest in a raised vegetable garden. Having a vegetable garden directly on the ground can create many issues for your vegetables. They can collect water easier directly on the ground and this will lead to root rot. Having a ground level vegetable garden will also make it more susceptible to insects and other pests. It will also give you little choice but to use harmful insecticides that can affect the taste of your vegetables. In the case of using a raised vegetable garden, even though it may not be able to complete rid you of any pests, it can make managing pests, insects and disease much easier.

Raised bed garden
Raised bed garden

What is the most famous elevated garden?

The most famous elevated garden in history of man would have to be the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, though it is not known if they ever actually existed. Considered one of the wonders of the ancient worlds, these hanging gardens were first described around 290 BC by Berossus, a Babylonian priest. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Hanging Gardens in Babylon is that out of all of the Wonders in the Ancient World, it is the only one that the location remains unknown. Some scholars even debate as to whether or not that Babylon was even the correct home to these gardens. Some scholars think that the gardens were actually located in an ancient city known as Nineveh. Whether it was fact or poetic fiction we will never know until we have the technology to excavate all of the possible sites that may hide the ruins of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Do you have a raised flower bed?

Yes actually. For me raised flower beds seems to work out the best. It is much easier to take care of than a traditional flower bed directly on the ground. One thing that I have noticed during my time of using a raised flower bed vs. a flower bed directly on the ground is the amount of pests that bother my flowers. It seems that most insects and pests do not want to take the effort required to get the flowers if they are in a raised flower bed. Another great benefit of that I have found is the ability to easily keep from over watering my flowers.

Lilacs.  You can plant flowers in a raised bed garden
Plant flowers in a raised bed garden

For a long time, my flowers would always die. I could not figure out why for the life of me until I actually took the time to pull some of my flowers up by their roots. It was then that I realized that the roots and rotted completely from holding too much water. Once I started using a raised flower bed, I never had this problem again. To test the theory I even pulled up one of my flowers to inspect the roots because it was dying. Thankfully, it wasn’t to root rot, the actual reasons was just nature.

Where can I find inexpensive raised garden beds?

If you are trying to find inexpensive raised garden beds you can start by looking here at Simply Love Gardening. You are sure to find plenty of cheap raised flower garden beds that will come already assembled or that can be easily assembled. However, the person that is truly looking for an inexpensive raised garden bed will just build their own. Looking at their basic design, it really is not that hard. The only things that you need are some wood, nails and a little bit of creativity.

How easy is it to make low cost raised garden beds yourself?

Believe it or not, it can actually be quite easy to create a raised garden bed yourself. Granted, not everyone has the innate ability to build things from scratch. However, it shouldn’t be very difficult to build a box with some wood, put a few hooks in your ceiling or whatever else, and grow away. Building your own raised garden bed or flower bed truly is something that anyone can complete.

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