The only thing better than fresh vegetables, is fresh vegetables harvested from your own garden. Unlike a traditional vegetable garden, a raised vegetable garden requires surprisingly little maintenance and can help you save a lot of money in the long run. It provides you with a stable source of food that you can be proud to say is home grown.
What is a raised vegetable garden?
A raised vegetable garden is essentially an elevated garden bed where the soil is placed in a container 3-4 feet above ground. As with all raised garden beds, there are plenty of designs to choose from. Unlike raised flower beds or other decorative planters, a raised vegetable garden’s main design-focus should be for it to be easily serviceable and harvest-able, as opposed to the main focus being aesthetics.
What are the benefits of a raised vegetable garden?
There are plenty of reasons to build a raised vegetable garden. We have compiled a handy overview of some of the most important ones.
Due to the fact that the raised vegetable garden sits above ground in a container, it acts as a barrier between your crops and potential pests. This leaves your vegetables healthier and avoids the need for pesticide. In a normal vegetable garden, snails and insects may have an easier time of grabbing a free meal.
Since there is no risk of stepping on the garden bed (either by you or by animals or children) the soil will not become compacted. This ensures good drainage, which is important for healthy growth of your crops.
An important factor when growing vegetables, herbs, flowers or just about anything is the type of soil they grow in. With a raised vegetable garden, you can choose the soil yourself. It will will not become mixed with the ground soil over time. Using high-quality soil is recommended when growing vegetables. The nutrients in the soil will eventually be absorbed by the crop. Put simply, a raised garden gives you more control over the environment in which your vegetables grow.
Servicing and tending to your vegetables is easy
Since the vegetable bed will be raised above ground, servicing and tending to your crops will be much easier. Bending over to harvest your crops is a thing of the past. This is especially good for older people or people with back and joint problems. It even makes vegetable gardening wheelchair accessible!
Weeds can be a real pain to deal with. They can ruin your crops entirely and take a lot of effort to get rid of. In a raised vegetable garden, weeds are unlikely to ever spread into your bed since it’s essentially insulated from the soil beneath it.
Using a portable planter design, your raised vegetable garden can become portable. This allows you to move your entire harvest around your property to optimize it’s exposure to the sun. If you are experiencing an especially warm summer, you can relocate your garden temporarily to an area with more shade.
With the benefits of all of the points above combined will lead to a much more productive and efficient vegetable garden.