There are several reasons to use raised garden beds in your home garden. They are easy to install and can be placed over any surface, including concrete.
Raised beds versus planting right into the ground can bring you numerous advantages, other than saving your knees and back from aching. Spending hours bent over like that, even for someone in good shape, will eventually tire you out. A raised bed lessens that pain but it also does so much more!
What is a raised bed? Most are built out of untreated wood so there’s no risk of chemicals leeching into the soil and therefore your food. They can be built as a simple rectangle or square box on the ground, or be fancier with them being raised up off the ground completely. You can use scrap wood to make some really interesting styles, too!
Don’t have scrap wood laying around? You can even purchase raised bed bags and take the construction right out of creating them.
Raised beds actually extend your growing season because they are raised. The temperature is higher and the soil can be worked and seeds can be sown earlier in the season. They are really great for growing greens after the harvest because of the higher temps. There are many other reasons given in the article but my favorite one is there is far less weeding involved when you use raised beds. It can also help keep pests at bay, or at least lessen them!