Raised Vegetable Beds & Planters

A vegetable bed or raised planter is a great way to grow vegetables, perennials, and any plants that need regular tending or extra protection. Boxes like these make garden management easy by helping you organise your plants away from weeds and garden paths, and they give you complete control over soil and fertiliser without the need of digging into the ground. There are two main types of boxed garden beds - raised beds and raised planters - and they both are great options for your garden.

Raised beds are also called garden boxes and they are exactly that: wooden boxes that rest on ground to bring the soil level higher. A deeper raised bed with more soil capacity is ideal to grow your own root vegetables, but standard beds are suitable for growing a wide variety of other vegetables. You can add a plant membrane to keep pests and weeds out and well-fertilised soil in, making ideal conditions for growing.

Raised garden boxes such as Haxnicks raised vegetable beds are particularly popular for growing small fruit and vegetables. The raised soil greatly improves drainage, and this ensures the soil is a little warmer than ground soil. This means you can start planting earlier in the spring. Raised beds are also great for growing alpines and other small trees that need additional drainage.

Raised planters take garden beds to the next level by bringing the bed completely off the ground with stilts or legs. Attractive planter boxes make great display tables for your garden, and they're the perfect place to grow herbs and perennials or to establish a cutting garden for cut flowers. Raised planters also serve as the ultimate barrier against pests by taking your plants off the ground and away from slugs and snails.

Raised planters can also be called trough planters or manger planters, with deep enough soil space to accommodate many different vegetables. These planters are ideal for wheelchair access, and they can greatly reduce back strain because they eliminate the need to bend or kneel on the ground. Raised planters are also great to use at schools, with easy access for kids around all sides of the planter.

Forest Garden raised planters and beds make attractive showcases for prized plants and a great way to organise a vegetable patch in gardens of any size. Zest 4 Leisure deep root planters are also great for growing vegetables and any other plants higher off the ground.

Use a bed cover or garden cloche on your garden bed for even more protection for seedlings and other sensitive plants.

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