Gardeners are increasingly embracing raised bed gardens, and for good reason. Opting for raised beds instead of an in-ground garden can enhance overall yield and productivity, not to mention beautifying the garden set up as well.
Let’s consider the key benefits of using raised beds in your garden. First, you can start planting with the best soil, without having to adjust the soil in your garden to get the right quality for growing vegetables. Planting in raised beds gives you more control over soil quality from the beginning, and adding compost will also ensure the best conditions for your veggies to thrive.
Since raised garden beds warm up quicker in spring, you can start planting your vegetables earlier in the season. With better drainage and more depth for plant roots, you can significantly enhance your garden productivity compared to growing in-ground or with containers.
They are also more comfortable to work with and especially advantageous for people with disabilities or mobility issues. The elevated height of raised beds minimizes the need for bending over or kneeling, making gardening easier and more productive. The extra height also acts as a barrier against weeds from infesting your garden.
With different shapes and customizable designs, incorporating raised beds makes your garden look better in general. They can add definition, structure and organization to your outdoor space, elevating its overall visual appeal.
If you plan to install raised beds yourself, your costs will come down to the raised bed material you use, hardware, and the soil to fill the beds. And delivery costs should also be considered if there are materials delivered.
Wooden Raised Beds
Typically, wood is the most affordable material to construct raised beds with, costing on average between $25 to $50 per square foot. If you prefer to have your wooden raised bed constructed and installed for you as well, your budget should be around $100 per square foot.
Apart from DIY installation, many affordable wooden raised bed kits are also available for purchase, while they are often less durable compared to their steel counterparts.
Steel Raised Beds
The next most affordable option is steel, and especially galvanized steel garden beds have grown in popularity for their durability, rot-resistance, and a more polished appearance. Steel raised beds are also easy to install and typically last for decades. This means you will have to pay less to replace them over the long term.
For steel raised garden bed kits, expect to pay around $100. They are low-maintenance, easy to install and require minimal assembly.
Are Raised Beds Worth it?
Including raised beds in your outdoor space will allow for more sustainable gardening over the long term. After just a few seasons, you are likely to be rewarded with harvests of freshly grown veggies, and also more variety of produce in your kitchen.
This will also help you save a surprising amount of money, with fewer trips to the grocery store needed for fruits and vegetables.
Even with the initial investment needed for materials and construction, many gardeners find that the overall benefits of raised garden beds outweigh the costs. And for those with limited garden space, specific soil conditions, or looking to change their garden design, investing in raised beds can result in exceptional gains.