Why use raised beds?


Maybe you’re thinking about adding a raised bed to your garden. Maybe you’ve built one, but you’re not really sure why. Either way, discover the top benefits of raised beds, and get building and growing today!


Raised bed full of vegetables


Raised beds are brilliant. And not just because they allow you to grow a wide range of fruit, veg, perennials, and herbs. They come with these three major benefits, too:

Improves drainage

Because the soil is raised above ground level, it allows for better drainage. This is great for reducing the risk of waterlogging.

It’s important to note, however, that this can be a disadvantage in times of drought because they need more water.

In this case, it might be a good idea to set up a community gardening schedule. Many hands make moist soil!


Introduces different soil types to the garden

If your garden isn’t equipped to grow everything you want, raised beds are a great solution. They add versatility to your community garden.

For example, you can have one raised bed filled with acidic soil, for ericaceous plants like Rhododendron, Azaleas, and Heathers. And another filled with clay, for growing veg like Lettuce, Chard, and Green Beans.

As you can imagine, this is great for community gardens. The means to grow a wider range of fruit, veg, perennials, and herbs, minimises the potential for disagreements. Basically, raised beds can help create content, cohesive gardening communities.

Improves a garden’s accessibility

Communities come in all different shapes and sizes. And with that come people with different levels of physical ability. Whether you’re older, unwell, or simply new to gardening as a physical activity, raised gardens are a great way to create an inclusive community garden.

Higher raised beds reduce the need to bend down and stretch. This makes them the perfect solution for those with mobility issues. You can also include lower raised beds, as a great way to encourage kids and wheelchair users to get stuck into growing!

And think about it, when you’re the ones building them, you can customise the raised beds to the specific needs of your communities. It’s this that makes the perfect addition to any community garden.


So, why not add a raised bed to your community garden, today! 

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