Raised-bed gardening is a great way to grow vegetables – especially if the garden soil is poor or compacted or has poor drainage. And there’s no bending over to pull weeds or harvest vegetables.
The soil in raised beds warms up more quickly in spring so planting can be done earlier. And if the bed is narrow, 3′ or less, there will be no need to step on the soil and thus it prevents compaction. It’s much easier for roots to grow in loose soil.
It offers perfect drainage, protection from pests, and easy access to crops. And it’s just the thing to turn your backyard into the farm of your dreams.You could also use concrete blocks or bricks. Remember that concrete will increase the pH in soil over time.
Some people use railroad ties; however, we would advise against this. Though the very old ones may be fine, newer ties use creosote-treated timber, which is toxic.Almost any crop can be grown in a raised bed. Vegetables are most common, but fruit and even shrubs and trees can be planted, too. Remember that some plants will hang over the edge, so try to think about where you are planting what.