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What is a raised bed?
You might know them better as a metal planter, wooden planter or even a growbed but a raised bed is essentially any garden bed that is built above the ground, typically with sides made of wood, stone, or metal.
Raised beds offer many benefits to gardeners, including improved drainage and aeration, easier access to plants, and increased yields. In addition, raised beds can be used to create a more aesthetically pleasing garden design.
There are a few things to consider before building or buying a raised bed, such as the size and location of the bed, the type of materials to use, and the type of plants that will be grown in it. With careful planning, raised beds can be a great addition to any garden.
Here’s our guide to all things raised beds!
In this blog post, we'll cover:
What are the benefits of a raised bed?
There are many benefits to growing in a raised bed. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that you can control the quality of the soil in your raised bed. This is important because the quality of the soil has a direct impact on the health and productivity of your plants.
Another benefit of raised beds is that they offer good drainage. This is important because it helps prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi, which can damage plants. In addition, raised beds provide excellent air circulation, which is important for promoting healthy plant growth.
Raised beds are a great way to deter naughty garden critters, such as slugs which will have to go to a lot more effort to scale the sides!
What can I grow in a raised bed?
A raised bed is an excellent environment for growing a wide variety of plants, including vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even small fruit trees. Some popular crops that do well in raised beds include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, carrots, basil, and strawberries.
To get the most out of your raised bed garden, it is important to choose plants that are well-suited to the growing conditions. For example, if you live in an area with a short growing season, you will want to choose plants that mature quickly. Alternatively, if you live in an area with a long growing season, you will have more flexibility in terms of the types of plants you can grow.
If you are looking to create a wildflower meadow with your raised bed then check out this insightful blog by the Norfolk School of Gardening.
What material should I use for my raised bed?
Depending on budget and personal taste, raised beds can be built using a variety of materials such as wood, stone, metal or even plastic. If you're on a limited budget, wooden planks are a popular choice for raised beds because they're easy to find and inexpensive. However, if you want your plants to live longer than a season, then consider using stone or aluminium which is more expensive but also longer-lasting. For more details into choosing the right material for your raised bed, take a look at The Norfolk School of Gardening's Essential Guide to Raised Beds.
Plastic is an option if you're looking for a raised bed that's easy and inexpensive to maintain, however it doesn't provide the best drainage or insulation for plants. That being said, many gardeners use plastic as a base layer in their wooden beds to prevent rotting and increase drainage.
If you're interesting in building your own raised beds from wood then check out this blog post from Flowers On The Farm.
What size raised bed should I buy?
There are a couple of guidelines on size we would recommend: first, don’t go too wide – you want to reach the middle easily for weeding, pruning and harvesting; and second, don’t make it too long – or you'll be tempted to walk across it, compacting the soil and damaging plants. Other than that, it is down to you.
How high do you want the beds? Ideally beds should be at least 40cm deep, especially if they are built on paving or compacted soil. But you may want much deeper raised beds if you want to grow plants with deep roots, or to avoid bending down too much whilst gardening. If you buy a kit, you may want to get two, or even three tiers instead of one.
Does a raised bed go inside or outside of a greenhouse?
There is no hard and fast rule for this, as it will depend on the size of your raised bed and greenhouse, as well as other factors such as available sunlight. It's generally best to place your raised bed either inside or just outside of your greenhouse, so that it gets plenty of exposure to sunlight and does not become overheated.
Why choose a Rhino Raised Bed
Most metal raised beds are made from galvanised steel for durability. Metal raised beds can come in a wide range of designs and finishes to fit in with the design of your garden. Aluminium raised beds are an ideal choice for the urban gardener, because they’re lightweight, easy to move around and won’t collapse in harsh weather conditions. They’re also very easy to clean, which makes them a great option if you’re looking for low-maintenance raised beds.
Our Rhino raised beds are a great example of high quality metal raised beds in the UK and can be finished in the same colour as your Rhino greenhouse. The kit is well designed and easy to assemble.
Why not check out the full range of Rhino Metal Raised Beds?