Raised Garden Bed Buying Guide

5 min read|Last updated at: April 14, 2022

In the past few years, the popularity of raised garden beds has grown immensely due to their many benefits and styles, making them a favorite element in any garden. Available in a wide variety of innovative and imaginative styles, raised beds can be configured into various shapes and sizes.

Firstly, it is important to understand what a raised garden bed is and how you can use it to transform your garden. Usually, a raised garden bed is a kind of trough or container that has been filled with soil above the standard ground level to grow plants and or vegetables. Raised garden beds offer many benefits including weed and pest deterrence, reduced soil compaction, and improved drainage. Additional benefits include improved fruit blush color, more even fruit maturity, and an increased total yield. A raised garden bed can add distinctive style to your garden and help define your backyard space, especially in areas that are deemed eyesores. It can also help brighten up a patio or the porch.

 

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Build Raised Garden Beds

Normally, people build raised garden beds to fit particular dimensions or repurpose old wooden furniture into a raised garden bed. Alternatively, you can purchase a garden bed online. Various online vendors distribute large, creative and well-built raised beds that you can purchase to brighten up your garden. You can find a wide variety of options in online gardening stores that will help you bring your garden to life, augment your mobility, and give your plants a healthy environment to flourish.

If you are debating whether or not to buy a garden bed, read this article, which explores the pros and cons you need to consider before making a decision. Once you have decided to purchase a garden bed, it is important to keep in mind several factors when narrowing down and selecting your options. This ensures that you get good value for the money spent and that you do not regret your choice.

Factors to Consider when Purchasing a Raised Garden Bed

Size: Before starting, you need to decide on the size of your raised garden beds. In most cases, these beds have a width of three to four feet, while the length may vary from six to eight feet. You should not construct your garden bed too big, as it can be difficult to support plants and obstruct access from both sides. Choosing the right size allows you to work comfortably and reach your plants. Easy reach into the bed from all sides makes it comfortable to dig, harvest, and weed your plants. 

Height: Height is also an important aspect that you need to consider depending on the type of plants you choose. Plants have differing depth requirements depending on their root systems. When it comes to vegetable beds, the bed must be approximately 12 to 18 inches deep to ensure adequate depth for the roots of your plants. Deep rooted crops like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, artichokes, and watermelons do best with 24 to 36 inches of depth. This is especially important if your raised bed is placed on cement or the patio, which will inhibit roots from growing deeper. If you experience back problems, you may also want to purchase a taller bed so you do not have to bend down. 

Location: You should choose a spot in your garden that receives at least six hours of sunlight to situate your garden beds. Keep in mind that you do not need to restrict yourself to the backyard as you can choose your driveway or front yard as well. Raised garden beds can be placed anywhere – the backyard, front yard, patio – even the balcony and rooftop. If you are purchasing multiple garden beds, you should plan their layout beforehand to prevent the hassle of moving them later. 

Irrigation: When placing your garden beds in your yard, it is important to consider the water source, as both overwatering and underwatering can have detrimental effects to your plants. When spraying your plants, make sure to aim for the base instead of the leaves, which can cause damage and promote the spread of disease. For more efficient watering, you can consider using a soaker hose or an irrigation drip system instead of a sprinkler, which tends to waste water and cause problems like to fungal diseases.

Materials used: Raised garden beds can be constructed from a wide variety of materials, with the most common options available being wood and metal. Wood is a traditional option due to its widespread availability, making wooden beds comparatively easy to find and purchase. A common complaint of untreated wooden beds is their impermanence, requiring replacement every couple of years, depending on the climate. Pressure-treated woods can last longer, but may contain chemicals unsafe for growing vegetables. We suggest you purchase metal raised beds at Vego Garden if you seek a high-quality, durable option. Unlike traditional metal beds, our beds are corrosion resistant, and will not rust or deteriorate. 

Modular Design: Modular raised garden beds allow the gardener the flexibility to alter the configuration of their beds to suit their gardening situation and backyard space. If you cannot find a configuration that matches your ideal size or scale, this can be fixed by purchasing additional kits that allow you to expand upon the basic design.

Vego Garden's metal raised beds are modularly designed with flexible configuration options to fit any back or front yard space. Check out our 6-in-19-in-1, 10-in-1 and round beds for details. 

Ease of Assembly: Due to the size of raised garden beds, it is likely that you will have to assemble them once they arrive. Correct assembly is important to ensure optimal results in growing your plants. For an effortless experience, you should purchase a bed that is easy to assemble. Vego Garden bed kits offer easy set-up and assembly, requiring no prior construction knowledge or skill. Should you require additional help, our friendly and knowledgeable customer support is available 7 days a week to answer any questions you have.

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Style and Design: With changing times, there are numerous variations and distinct styles of raised garden beds available on the market, ranging from utilitarian ground-level boxes to design forward planters. The most common materials used for raised garden beds are wood, metal, assorted plastics, vinyl, laminates, resin and certain fabrics that can withstand the elements. Vertical planters are great for those who prefer to garden while standing up or seated, rather than bending down or kneeling. 

Some planters contain extra attributes, including ones with self-watering systems, greenhouse covers, storage shelves, and locking wheels. Keep in mind that they may be costlier than garden beds without these features. You may want to purchase a planter with moving wheels attached if you seek a light-weight, mobile option. 

17" Tall 9 In 1 Modular Metal Raised Garden Bed Kit

$249.95 $199.95

The classic of the classics, this is the first raised garden bed kit we launched. The 3.5' x 6.5' and 2' x 8' configurations are among the most iconic designs for anyone who is new to garden beds. The height is also great for easy, quick access when gardening and assists in keeping slugs and pests at a minimum too. Great for growing herbs, succulents, veggies, or flowers.…

No matter which variety of raised garden bed you prefer in your home, there are endless options available on the market at affordable prices. Vego Garden offers modular metal raised garden beds with 20-year lifespans. Our garden bed kits feature high quality paint, easy assembly, rounded corners, no soil contamination, and a rubber safety strip over the edges. Since they are modular in design, you can use your creativity to alter the garden bed dimensions according to your preferences. As long as the requirements are met, you can plant anything you wish in your planters, and by using your imagination, you can bring your garden to life.