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Raised Garden Beds
No matter if you have acres of land or just a small patch to work with, raised garden beds make planting your favourite botanicals a whole lot easier. Keep your plants safely above the ground away from pests and give them the specific conditions they need to flourish with the help of OnBuy's raised garden bed range!
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A nifty way to create more dimension in your outdoor space and encourage drainage, raised plant beds offer a ton of versatility when it comes to looking after your botanical family. Luckily, OnBuy's fabulous selection has an array of materials, sizes and shapes to get you started. Opt for lightweight plastic raised beds that are easy to move around your garden (perfect for indecisive horticulturists!) or strong and sturdy metal raised beds that'll stand the test of thyme (we couldn't help ourselves!) - they're a superb choice for fruit, vegetables and flowers alike!
Often the choice of green-fingered gurus, raised beds not only improve growing conditions for your botanicals if the overall soil in your patch is not quite up to scratch, but they're also a great solution for mixing up the soil in your garden if certain plants require a different variation. What's more, their lifted design makes tending to your crops easier with less strain on your back - all while ensuring your plants stay protected from the footsteps (or paw-steps) of any unruly inhabitants. So, ready to make your space blossom with our bulbs and seeds?
How tall are raised flower beds?
Many raised garden beds act almost as a mini-garden that sits on top of the ground, whether it’s on your patio, lawn, or even just on some poor quality soil. The raised walls, which are usually between 30-60cm tall, are then filled with the soil to create the raised bed for your flowers and growing fruits and vegetables. As well as being a great way to add some texture and variety to your garden, this can help to keep critters from munching away all your hard work - OnBuy can also support your garden with a wide range of garden pest control products.
If your main motivation is finding an easier way to exercise your green fingers while going easy on your back and knees, higher raised flower beds will be perfect for you. Stood up on legs and sometimes with wheels for extra mobility, these flower beds can be tended to either while seated or while standing, as they’re around a metre off the ground. Perhaps it would be a perfect gift for an elderly, green-fingered relative who loves getting out in the garden, but whose most mobile days are behind them.
What can I grow in raised garden beds?
You can grow absolutely anything so long as it fits in the bed, although don’t expect to be able to grow a 20m oak tree, obviously! You can create a fabulous floral display to compliment your lawn or and a splash of colour and nature to decking and patio areas. Likewise, raised garden beds can be exactly what you need when it comes to building a thriving vegetable patch without waiting months for a patch at the local allotment. It has the added benefit of deterring pests from chewing up your budding green beans, or adventurous pets from rummaging through the soil.
Why not get a head start on your growing and take a look through OnBuy’s range of seeds. We have diverse ranges for flowers, fruits, cereal, and vegetables, so all bases are covered. Of course, you’re also going to soil and compost to get your raised garden beds growing. You don’t need to be on Alan Titchmarsh’s level to start either, as OnBuy has all the tools you’ll need.
Raised garden beds FAQs
Should I line my raised garden bed with plastic?
Avoid lining your garden beds with plastic, as this prevents drainage and could drown your plants' roots. If you have a weed and pest problem, consider installing a combination of metal mesh and fabric or hardware cloth and cardboard to get both benefits at once.
What are the benefits of raised garden beds?
First, you have total control over the soil mix you wish to use, eliminating soil contamination and disease issues caused by poor soil conditions normally found in dirt. Second, you don't need a vast arsenal of gardening tools to grow and maintain raised garden beds. Lastly, as you can use a rich, fertile soil mix, you can get much more production from this type of garden bed - the plants don't have to compete for the minerals and essential plant foods not found in typical earth beds.
Do you need a solid bottom for a raised garden bed?
No! As all garden beds need good draining, it's not advised to install a solid bottom. If your raised bed does come with a bottom, it needs to be sturdy enough to withstand the weight of the soil but permeable enough to let the water drain through.
What do raised flower beds need that ground-level flower beds don't?
Raised flower beds need more frequent watering in times of drought and slightly more frost protection. A raised bed has two advantages over in-ground planting: they're easier to get to and they drain better, so if your garden is on heavy clay soil, it's easier to build up rather than dig in. Therefore, they may need a little more watering in drought areas.