Raised Garden Beds have several functions in the fruit and vegetable garden. First, they cut out a lot of the hard work of digging – which is why we like them so much! But second, if you are a little less mobile, have back problems, or simply don’t like bending down, you can make your raised beds quite high, so that you can still enjoy the thrill of growing your own without all the strain.
Raised Garden Beds for the Garden, Patio or Allotment
There are now raised garden beds in all shapes, sizes and materials to suit the space that you have
To help you enjoy the thrill of grow your own (we are big fans ourselves), we’ve thought of everything you might need for your own vegetable or fruit garden, found the best suppliers and the best prices – so you can concentrate on the good stuff. Enjoy!
Raised Beds are enjoying a boom in popularity as gardeners around the country wake up to the many benefits of Raised Bed Gardening and our selection of elegant and robust Timber Raised Beds, complemented by the easy to assemble, low maintenance plastic Link-a-Bord kits, will certainly bring these advantages home to your garden.
Raised beds are a real favourite of grow-your-own vegetable gardeners in particular; they allow you to grow in otherwise unsuitable soil or locations; they offer improved drainage and soil structure; you can work at a comfortable height (especially handy for wheelchair users and those with back problems); soil compaction is greatly reduced if not eliminated and the close planting creates a micro-climate – leading to healthy plants and bigger crops.
And it’s not just the raised beds we supply; there’s the soil to fill your assembled beds, courtesy of the the country’s leading topsoil supplier in Rolawn; we’ve hoops and frames, designed and manufactured in-house; there’s fitted mesh covers with elasticated hems – no more wrestling with unwieldy pieces of netting in a gale and no more pests; irrigation kits specially made for raised beds and even elegant cloches for early and late season growing.
So whether you’re completely new to raised bed gardening, or you’re experienced in this simple, easy and highly effective way of growing, there’ll be something for you here…
Timber Raised Beds
Timber Raised Beds – our range of Timber Raised Beds is for you if you’re serious about your gardening and want your beds to look almost as good as your home-grown vegetables and herbs. We’ve researched, designed and manufactured a selection of beds to suit every garden and every budget; from our money-saving Allotment version – where prices start at a rock-bottom £12 – right up to our A-list Superior beds, which form a garden feature in themselves. Don’t take our word for it – just ask the RHS, who have installed the Superior beds at their gardens in Wisley and at Harlow Carr.
We’ve even considered the lack of gardening space which plagues many would-be gardeners and introduced our Corner Raised Beds – now even the tightest, neglected section of the garden can be used in style for producing fresh, home-grown vegetables and herbs practically bursting with flavour!
And when you consider the quality and thickness of the wood our beds are made from; the effective preservative treatment we use (following consultation with Garden Organic) and the simple but highly effective designs we’ve come up with, we’re sure our raised beds will elevate your growing – and garden – to another level.
I have eight Harrod Horticultural raised garden beds and here’s what colleagues in gardening press say about their quality raised beds:
Harrod Horticultural are already well known for their range of quality FSC timber raised beds, but now the Suffolk-based company has introduced two new models to its range, the Mini Raised Bed and the Corner Raised Bed. These can be used as stand-alone units or to complement the existing range, helping gardeners with limited space to make the most of the growing room they have available. Both designs are available in three finishes, Allotment, Standard and Superior, and are pressure-treated to promote a long, useful life. The three vary in their finish, fixings and heights.
The Mini Raised Bed measures 60cm (2ft) wide and can be up to 2.4m (8ft) in length. It has a maximum height of 81cm (32in). The Corner Raised Bed measures 122 x 122 x 172cm (4 x 4 x 5ft 8 in) and is available in a range of heights up to 61cm (24in).
Kitchen Garden magazine, September 2009
Plastic Raised Beds
Plastic Raised Beds – our Plastic Raised Beds allow your garden to be multi-use and versatile and when producing fresh, home-grown vegetables and herbs becomes a seasonal task, one of the Plastic Raised Beds we supply could be the perfect solution. All are simple and quick to erect; can easily moved if required and are light and easy to handle, along with being environmentally friendly (the plastic is often recycled) and requiring little or no maintenance – a real boon when you can’t spend as much time in the garden as you’d like.
You’ll find details below on the popular Link-a-Bord range (for both adults and children); innovative planters and many other alternatives, all designed for quick, easy – and inexpensive – home growing.
Raised Beds In Small Spaces
Raised Beds In Small Spaces – forced to grow your own vegetables and garden as best you can in a small courtyard, on a patio, a roof terrace or a balcony? Things are just about to get a whole lot easier! We’re not proposing to extend your property or anything quite so drastic but we can supply you with versatile raised beds on a much smaller scale, allowing your fresh vegetable production to step up a mark.
Measuring a mere 60cm (2′) in length or width, the new Timber Mini-Beds will neatly slot in where no bed has gone before and if plastic is your choice, then the Link-a-Bord Mini-Raised Bed is ideal – and don’t forget you can also purchase Link-a-Bord components separately to make an even smaller bed and make the most of every available space! Corner beds will sit neatly in otherwise barren veg or herb growing areas – giving you a big output from a small area.
Raised Bed Accessories
Raised Bed Accessories – after constructing your raised bed and deciding which of your favourite vegetables you want to grow, you might just be considering sitting back and contemplating what a great job you’ve done – but the hard work has only just begun! To obtain edible end results you can be proud of, you’ll need to dip into our collection of what we consider raised bed essentials – and being gardeners ourselves, we’re sure you’ll find the products we’ve both developed and sourced will prove to be a major help throughout the growing season.
Choose from the highest quality topsoil for filling the beds; fitted mesh covers to keep out pests; robust frames and hoops to support netting; irrigation kits and unglamorous but indispensible brackets, pegs and clips and give your plants every chance of making it onto your plate!
We received the following from Mark Jennings in Norfolk and he very kindly agreed that we could publish his thoughts on THE Gardening WEBSITE
I’m busy writing my thoughts down as a disabled gardener and thought you might like them.
WHAT DOES SPRING MEAN TO ME ?
After the longest winter in my “disabled memory” i.e. 10 years, the additional containment that ice and snow brings to we “wheelchair residents” had begun to “do my ‘ed in”. The snow and ice restricting my exercise on the walk rail creates its own set of problems. The cold air with accompanying winds freezing my hands means my wheelchair can’t move anywhere without an able-bodied push.
I’ve had enough of being even further limited to my indoor space with the boiler burning oil like I was trying to heat a hospital.
TODAY, AT LAST it was three degrees but with no wind. I could go out for ten minutes and at least explore my patio. I could go out and for short periods talk to my gardener about my plans.
We talked about the village “garden open day”, raising funds for our Norman church in June. About which propagated plants would be sold (hopefully) and which seeds would become plants; saleable in 12 weeks without a supporting greenhouse
Spring is the time of rejuvenation, of the plant world waking up from its deep slumber. I await with exciting anticipation to see the buds bursting through in gay abandonment. Those fiercely anticipated yellow buds, those snowdrops and primula flowers. Aaahhhh what thoughts and dreams to look forward to.
THE WONDERS OF RAISED BEDS
Well my Suttons goodies arrived and I was getting excited. Then the third batch of snow came but it failed to curb my enthusiasm for the impending days of spring and the planting of my plain-sized three metre-square raised beds.
Spring is coming!! My seeds and now my seed mats (great when you can neither feel or see the seeds)are ready and waiting.
When I had my accident the psychologist asked me what I would miss. Amazed by my unusual answer of “gardening” she tried to understand what it was about this strange Brit that made gardening so important.
I spent ages umming and aahing about whether a raised bed would help me temper my frustration for no longer being able to manage my three acre garden. How high? How wide? What to make it out of? What to fill it with? The sort of questions we gardeners spend ages considering and researching.
Now I fill hours weeding, raking, planting, watering and seed spreading so that I can bore everyone with “do you like beans?” or “would you like some coriander?”
My raised beds have really helped me to recover my gardening enthusiasm and whilst I still have many “could you just.” questions for my friends and helpers, I manage to harvest out of these beds, many flower seedlings as well as the obvious herbs, onions, lettuce etc.
IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN GO AND BUILD ONE.
Mark Jennings Man Of Leisure MOL NVBM
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.”
I confess I had to ask what NVBM meant and Mark told me – “not a very busy man” – Editor
Now Mark is somewhat busier as he has very kindly agreed to keep us updated with developing his 3 acre plot