Raised Beds for Easy Vegetable Cultivation

Not only do raised beds bring interesting height and structure to a garden design, they also elevate the level of the soil to make cultivation and harvesting your vegetables much less strenuous.

Simple Raised Bed Filled With Fresh Salad Fixings

Simple Raised Bed Filled With Fresh Salad Fixings

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Vegetable Gardening and

Raised Bed of Salad Crops 

A simply constructed raised bed that has been filled with good quality topsoil, improved with plenty of compost, is the perfect place for growing herbs and unusual leaf crops, such as mustard 'Red Giant' and red orach. These cut-and-come-again crops can be cut with a pair of scissors and then rushed back to the kitchen for the freshest leaves.

Simple Raised Bed Filled With Fresh Salad Fixings

Simple Raised Bed Filled With Fresh Salad Fixings

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sun-Lovers' Paradise 

For many gardeners, not having to bend or kneel to weed and harvest crops is a real bonus. Building a substantial raised bed against a sunny wall or fence, as illustrated, means that heat-loving crops, such as tomatoes, will thrive and require less watering than those growing in pots.

Raised Beds Make Harvesting Crops Easier for Some

Raised Beds Make Harvesting Crops Easier for Some

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Easy Pickings  

These high brick raised beds would suit less mobile gardeners and make an attractive, permanent feature in any garden. This bush tomato variety has ample space to grow over the edge of the bed, where the fruit will create a colorful display and be at the perfect height to pick with ease.

High Raised Brick Bed for Less Mobile Gardener

High Raised Brick Bed for Less Mobile Gardener

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Weeding in Comfort 

The decorative edging on this raised bed doubles as seating, making weeding around the densely planted lettuces, carrots and onions a relaxing, sit-down job rather than a chore. Cordon tomatoes trained up the fence make great use of a small space and give a lush feel to this area of the garden.

Raised Bed with Decorative Edge Doubles as Seat

Raised Bed with Decorative Edge Doubles as Seat

Photo by: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening , 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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