If you’re ready to embark on a container gardening adventure, level up with a raised garden bed. Not only can you fill it to the brim with top-notch soil that’s perfect for your plants, it’s much harder for pets and wildlife to get at your plants and with no need to walk on a raised bed, soil won’t be compacted over time, which equals better drainage. Discover our great range of garden beds instore, which are easy to install and made from anti-rust powder-coated steel.
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There are plenty of great reasons to choose a raised garden bed so come in-store to explore our great range and get advice on what’s best suited to you and your garden. They are easy to install yourself (or with help from a Flower Power expert) and are made from anti-rust powder-coated steel or treated timber so they’ll last and last.
Are raised garden beds better?
There are lots of good reasons why a garden bed may be a better choice for you than planting straight into the garden including:
It’s easier to control the quality of the soil. Instead of having to improve drainage or moisture retention, checking the pH balance and adding nutrients to your existing soil, you can use a high quality potting mix. It can also be easier to improve the soil in following seasons by adding compost or fertiliser to the top few centimetres and forking through.
If you spend a lot of time in the garden, always out pulling weeds, pruning and harvesting, you may find that constantly bending over garden beds causes you back pain and maybe knee pain. A raised garden bed takes the pressure off your back, especially if it’s up on legs, and can be a more comfortable way of gardening.
Raised beds look neater. You may not necessarily be striving for neatness, but if that’s a priority in your garden, they offer a way to create order in your vegetable garden.
They help keep out unwanted visitors. Raised beds will slow down slugs and snails – some people even claim slugs won’t crawl over copper flashing – make it harder for dogs to pee on your plants, and might even halt destructive toddlers. Many also have covers that you can use to not only provide shade from harsh sun but also keep out flying pests.
They can improve drainage. If you live somewhere with a clay soil, or boggy, constantly damp soil, this is a way to give your plants better drainage by using a high quality soil.
They help keep weeds at bay. Pesky weeds will have to work a little harder to get into raised beds as they won’t be able to spread across as easily to take root among your vegetables.
You can get a longer growing season. Because the environment can be better controlled through your soil and a cover, a raised garden bed can retain optimal growing conditions for longer.
They can be temporary. If you’re renting, or you change your mind about your garden layout often, portable growing trays or garden beds are a great way to get a beautiful or edible garden growing, without the risk of having to rip it all up in a couple of months.
They are great for beginners. For many of the reasons listed above, raised beds are a great way to increase your chances of success when you’re just getting started.
It gives you the option of wicking beds. These are raised beds that water the plants from below rather than above, by use of a well underneath the soil. This lets the plants draw in water as they need it, reducing the chance both of overwatering and forgetting to water.
What to use for raised garden beds
We have a great range of raised garden beds in a variety of materials and sizes, perfect for any project. Our range has both larger and smaller sizes, plus options on legs or wheels, so you can fit them into any garden space. We also offer a range of covers and frames, to protect your plants from harsh sun or frost, birds and other pests.If you like to upcycle, old wheelbarrows and kitchen trolleys are also popular options – just make sure there is adequate drainage in the bottom.
Need a hand? Get expert help in building a custom garden bed as part of our Flower Power services. We’ll build you something strong and long-lasting, so you can create the garden of your dreams.
How to fill a raised garden bedIf your raised garden bed will be sitting on pavers or concrete you’ll need to first add a layer of gravel and some agricultural pipe to ensure excess water can drain out a side hole before filling. If your garden bed sits on soil, you can simply fill with a quality organic garden mix.For the first season of use, how to fill a raised garden bed is simple as an organic garden mix will have the qualities and nutrients needed. For future seasons or plantings, you’ll need to improve the soil again by adding organic material such as compost, blood and bone and/or garden lime. For advice on how to improve the soil in your garden bed, ask one of our horticulturists in-store today.To buy your own garden bed, for help in building a custom one, or advice on what to use for raised garden beds, visit us in one of our 10 convenient locations today.