A raised bed provides a great option for planting a vegetable garden. The soil stays warmer longer than the ground, which extends the growing season, and you can choose any type soil that you want. A planter can be made out of any material, including a galvanized trough or stone, but if you make it from wood, consider rot-resistant cedar or redwood. Chris Lambton demonstrates how to build one from redwood.
Raised bed vegetable gardening takes very little space and allows vegetables to be grown closer together. It's also a great solution for areas with poor native soil. Discover how to make the best use of your raised beds.