Using raised beds offers a way of gardening where soil is enclosed in containment units above the ground, usually made of wood, rock or concrete. They can be used to grow different plants, including berries and other fruits, almost any kind of vegetable, and small trees and shrubs. Using one in your garden will provide good drainage, preventing weeds from affecting the soil, and serving as a barrier against pests like slugs and snails. By being elevated above ground, they are also ideal for gardeners with limited mobility, saving you from having to bend over to tend to the plants.
Our stylish range of raised beds includes bases made from either wood or plastic in a variety of sizes — either be single, double or triple. The wooden models are 22mm thick, and made with FSC-certified sustainably-sourced materials. Meanwhile, our plastic raised bed range is generally 25cm in height, and perfect for those with limited space who might wish to make their balcony or patio greener. Explore the diverse collection of raised beds available from Original Organics.
What should you put underneath a raised bed?
Raised beds are bottomless, so the ground underneath will need to be prepared before a base layer of organic soil is laid, preventing grass and weeds from growing through the bed. You could also lay durable landscape fibre, which has holes for drainage and water transportation. You could even use old newspapers and magazines, which will still prevent the growth of weeds. Cardboard is another good, more durable option, and will be better for the soil when it decomposes, improving the structure and introducing air pockets. However, if you’re placing your raised bed onto a hard surface like concrete, you should add at least 8cm of drainage material like coarse gravel, stones or hardcore.