Rise Up! Raised Bed Gardening

A cornucopia of ideas for creating raised beds.

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Raised Bed Basics

Raised beds can be thought of as containers, in a sense. Though they can't be moved, they do give you some control over the quality and composition of the soil.

Raised Beds Lift Plants Above Ground Level

Raised beds offer plenty of benefits for a garden. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, raised beds improve drainage, reduce the pain of bending down, and make it easier to control the soil. Elevated planter boxes look great in a landscape design.

Wide Range of Crops Grown in Raised Bed Gardens

The perfect raised bed is just the thing for summer veggies, herbs, and flowers. A raised bed makes gardening easy. Filled with soil mix, they provide the excellent drainage needed to grow picture perfect vegetables and flowers.

Reclaimed Railroad Ties Used for Raised Bed

There are a variety of materials that can be used to make a raised garden bed, such as reclaimed railroad ties that can be built up layer by layer.

Bricks Used for Raised Garden Bed

There are a variety of materials that can be used to build a raised garden bed, such as bricks. Remember to to include drainage channels.

Raised Bed Put Flowers and Vegetables at Eye Level

Raised beds are a great feature for a backyard garden for those with reduced mobility and for putting flowers and vegetables at eye level.

Raised Beds Give Backyard Height and Add Privacy

Raised beds give height and a head start up for climbing vines on wall mounted trellis. A relaxing color scheme was chosen for the space.

Controlling Cultivation

A raised bed is a good option where conditions alternate between dry and wet, making cultivation difficult. Raised beds can be made from brick, timbers or stone. Fill with topsoil mixed with organic matter for drainage.

Raised Garden Beds Give Easy Access

Raised garden beds provide easy access planting and welcome changes in levels for a flat area. These raised beds also allow for interesting trailing plants to add color and interest.

Easy Raised Bed Gardening

Building a raised bed planter in the backyard will make it easier to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables from a family garden or grow and maintain flowering plants or shrubs.