Raised beds are a great way of growing a wide range of plants, and are particularly popular for growing fruit and vegetables. They are a good way of boosting drainage and can be used to introduce a different soil type to your garden. Weeds can be kept at bay with weed control fabrics and ground sheets. Raised beds are also a useful way to garden if you have restricted mobility, as they reduce the need to bend.

Raised beds are suitable for...

  • Soft fruits - such as strawberries, currants, raspberries and blackberries
  • Vegetables - almost any vegetable can be grown in raised beds
  • Herbaceous perennials - raised beds are a good idea for establishing a cutting garden for cut flowers
  • Polytunnel growing - raised beds can be fitted inside your polytunnel for growing all year round

Raised beds can be used to:

  • Improve drainage: Soil is raised above the surrounding ground level. However, this can be a disadvantage in droughts as more watering may be needed
  • Increase soil temperature: Soil in raised beds is better drained, so warms up faster in spring
  • Enhance root health: Filling the beds with good topsoil enriched with fertiliser and organic matter gives excellent root zone conditions
  • Improve ease of management: Raised beds have a bigger soil volume than containers, so are easier to manage with watering
  • Match the soil to the plant: By filling raised beds with acid soil, for example, ericaceous (lime-hating) plants can be grown even where the underlying soil is alkaline
  • Improve ease of access: Raised beds are easier to manage for gardeners with mobility problems
  • Sustain temperatures: By combining a raised bed with a cloche, you can protect plants from frost 

We have designed our wooden raised beds specifically for both garden and allotment growers. The advantage of using a raised bed is that any area of land can be turned into a fertile growing environment. Simply order two or three raised beds and stack them up. Our unique corner and side bracket system allows you to stack raised beds on top of each other, creating a raised bed as tall as you like (each individual bed is 15cm).

By combining a hoop kit with your raised bed you can also create a mini polytunnel environment that can be removed whenever it’s not needed. During the summer months, the polythene can be removed and replaced with anti-Insect mesh or anti-bird netting (available separately). Our hoop kits have been designed to be easily attached and removed from your raised bed with our unique fixing brackets. They will also fit to any existing 4ft or 6ft wide raised bed.

If you're interested in finding out more about our Raised Bed and Hoop Kits, please click here.