Raised garden beds are excellent for growing small vegetable or flower gardens. They not only keep the garden looking tidier, but they make weeding a lot easier and provide a useful barrier to garden pests (and pets) helping to keeping them out of the garden. They can also become a very attractive center piece, whether you decide to make your own, or purchase a ready made kit.
Raised garden beds can be made from a number of different materials – usually wood, sometimes galvanized steel, and often times a robust fabric that you simply fill with soil in much the same way you would with a planter bag. There is no real advantage or disadvantage to either material (although wood and steel will generally last longer), so what you decide will depend entirely on your preference.
One thing to keep in mind when you’re deciding on the type you would like is that it needs to have a minimum soil depth of 6 inches and ideally 12 inches or more. This is to ensure there is enough room for the root systems of the plants you plan to grow. If you’re not interested in building your own raised garden beds, here are some of the best selling kits that are worth considering….
The Greenes Raised Garden Bed comes in at 4 Ft. X 8 Ft. X 10.5″ deep and provides 32 square Ft. of growing space for your vegetables or flowers (there are different kit sizes available too). This gives you ample size for a decent sized vegetable garden. It is made in the USA and being made from untreated cedar it is naturally rot and insect resistant as it contains a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent.
The actual garden bed kit is make from rough sawn, untreated and unfinished cedar, so it has a more rustic look rather than a smooth polished finish (something which a few previous customers seem to have been a little confused about). To put the kit together the boards simply slide into the corner posts to create a secure garden frame.
You can also stack two garden kits together (need to be purchased separately) to create a deeper garden bed of 21″ in depth – useful if you plan to grow plants with deeper root systems or would simply prefer a higher raised bed that’s easier to work in. With more than 700 individual customer reviews, this is a very popular raised garden bed kit. As previous customers have said…
“I purchased 3 of these raised beds in the summer of 2014 and even after going through 2 pretty tough winters they still look great. They were easy to put together and so far have held up very well. Everyone who comes over to our house comments on how nice the raised beds look. If I had more sunny areas in my yard I’d buy a few more…”
“…perfect for small garden areas. We have three in a line, easy to assemble…”
“Good price for cedar beds. Some of the boards are a little flimsy but overall it’s exactly what I was hoping to get…
The Smart Pots Big Bag Bed is made from a weatherproof porous fabric and this particular model comes in a circular shape although there are other shapes (rectangular) and different sizes available. This particular one provides you with 13.5 square feet of gardening space and the material is designed to dissipate excess heat and encourage excess water to evaporate.
Being made from fabric, it is a slightly cheaper option than a raised garden bed made from wood or steel, and to setup, you simply unpack it and fill it with soil. This model is 50″ in diameter and 12″ deep. The bed comes with a built in bottom so you simply need to place it in the garden or it can also be placed on a deck or patio. As previous customers have said…
“I’ve really enjoyed growing lots of basil in this fabric pot this summer 🙂 It was super convenient and easy to set up…”
“Works great with tomatoes, herbs, & more! Looks a little dinky when you first open it up, but once filled and overflowing with plants you forget it’s a fabric bed…”
“This is the second year with these soft sided planters and the plants are very happy. We have beans in one, cucumbers in another, and squash in a third…”
The Victory 8 Fabric Raised Garden Bed is a smaller garden bed at 2 x 2 Feet which provides 4 square feet of growing space although there are larger sizes available too. The fabric is made from a highly durable UV resistant non-woven fabric that helps to aerate the soil and root systems inside the planter bed and also allows for excess moisture to easily drain away. There is no assembly required, simply unpack and fill with potting soil (it holds 4 cubic feet) and get planting. As previous customers have said…
“Just as great as I hoped it would be. I have 2 zucchini and 1 yellow squash in this 2×2 and it couldn’t be easier. Fill it and plant. I’ve already picked a bunch of squash and have many more coming. I also have the 1 foot square cubes with cucumber, dwarf eggplant, cherry tomato and green pepper in 4 of those and they are doing great as well. I have all of them on tables on my deck so no bending over, no weeding and no bugs so far. Highly recommend!..”
“This is such a beautiful little on deck garden! I live in an apartment that has little to no space for gardening, but this raised bed allowed that to happen…
The Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit is 4 by 4 feet providing 16 square feet of growing space and comes in a pack of 3 separate beds. It is actually made from UV protected high-density polyethylene so will not root, crack or peel giving you a very long life raised garden bed. Although made from polyethylene, it has an imprinted wood like finished so looks a little more natural than one might first think.
The dimensions of this particular bed are 44.5 in. L x 44.5 in. W x 9.0 in. H (103 cm x 103 cm x 22,9 cm) and they can also be stacked together to create a bed of 18″ / 22 cm in height. It is easy to assemble with interlocking parts that simply snap together and comes with a 5-year limited manufacturer warranty. Although on first consideration it might not sound as appealing as a raised garden bed made from wood, more than 70% of customers that have brought this have rated it 5/5 stars so it’s pretty popular. As previous customers have said…
“Worked perfect for our garden so we didn’t have to dig into the grass but still on the ground. We were able to plant a lot with the size of the 3 boxes…”
“We love these raised garden beds. Easy to assemble and very sturdy. The right height to use for your garden…
“These things are great. I have bought two sets of these and I love them. They were a breeze to put together and I am growing all kinds of herbs and vegetables in them now…”
The Greenes Tiered Cedar Raised Garden Bed is divided into 3 separate tiers, with the top two tiers being ideal from growing larger plants with deeper root systems. The first tier being 7″ deep is ideal for smaller plants like lettuce and other greens, although it will comfortably suit most vegetables and herbs. The overall size of the garden bed is 4 Ft. X 4 Ft. X 21 In. deep.
The bed is easy to assemble by simply sliding the boards into place with the dovetail joins and then filling with soil to secure everything together. It is made in the USA and being made from untreated cedar it is naturally rot and insect resistant. Overall the garden beds will require 19 cubic feet of potting soil to fill it. As previous customers have said…
“Easy to build, quality product. I just wish it was bigger. (I built this and planted in mid-May) Quick shipping and excellent customer service. I would purchase from Greenes again…”
“Love this little bed, I may buy another and put them back to back. Easy to assemble and lots of room for planting in a small space….”
“If you don’t have much space, these are a perfect solution. I grew the following: parsley, bell peppers, potato leaves, okra, cabbage, spicy thai chili peppers, lemongrass, kale, cucumber, and radish. I’m sure that there’s no limit, but just in case you want some ideas…”