Raised garden beds are trending up this spring, which begs the question: Why isn’t the, ah, garden-variety ground-level garden not as cool anymore?
To be sure, it’s not that traditional gardens aren’t cool – all gardens are cool – but talk of raised gardens has been percolating in plant stores from coast to coast. Here are a few reasons why this gardening trend is blooming:
1. They’re a cute and stylish landscaping feature.
People have been putting decorative borders around things forever, and a raised garden offers us one more opportunity to indulge in outdoor décor. It’s an easy way to bring an additional pop of texture, color and style to any kind of landscaping.
2. They keep critters at bay.
This is an actual design feature; one of the main purposes of a raised garden bed is to keep varmints out of your veggies. And, it works very well, especially if you spritz the outer edge of your bed with an organic repellant.
3. They make gardening easier.
This is debatable, of course, but an elevated platform can make gardening easier for a lot of people, particularly when it comes to weeding.
4. They protect plants from your mower.
How many times have you accidentally mowed over your flowers or veggies because they grew beyond the border, or because you slipped over the line? Raised garden beds make that far less likely to happen.
5. They can improve plant health.
A raised garden bed, which has a specific volume that can be measured, makes it easier to manage soil composition and health. Better soil means better growing, especially for picky plants, or in places where soil needs more care.
Try a raised garden bed this year for your flowers and plants and see what it can do for the look and use of your yard space.