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Raised bed gardening is a simple and ancient technique for increasing crop yields for less work.
Growing food “up” instead of “down” was first developed around 300 BC by the Andean people of South America. Called Waru Waru, it consisted of a maze-like arrangement of raised planting beds surrounded by dug trenches that captured water from nearby floodplains.
Growing crops on the Altiplano at more than 12,000 feet above sea level was challenging to say the least, but under Waru Waru, this pre-Incan civilization was able to triple their food production. Though Waru Waru was eventually abandoned for other gardening systems, raised beds are still a very useful strategy today.
Growing food crops in a contained and elevated structure creates a tiny microclimate within the garden patch. Moisture and nutrients in the soil are conserved and recycled more efficiently and soil is less compacted allowing the roots to flourish – all with fewer weeds to pluck and pests to contend with overall.
Performing garden tasks on an elevated bed are far easier on your body than working on your hands and knees.
Paired with permaculture techniques like companion planting, square-foot gardening, and layered food forests, raised garden beds can be as simple or complex as you desire.
You can build a raised bed yourself using materials you may already have at home, but if you lack the DIY skills or the time, then a ready-made raised bed kit may be the best choice for you.
If you don’t want to hoe your row this season, check out these options for complete raised bed kits.
1. Rounded Square Assembly Method
Size: 4×2×1ft,7.14Cu but available in many different sizes
Materials: Rounded Square Assembly Method
- Each raised metal garden bed size: 4×2×1ft,7.14Cu
- Upgraded quality and structure: raised garden beds outdoor are made of Q195 galvanized metal sheet, double-layer anti-corrosion galvanizing, and oval structure design, which is more beautiful, can withstand greater pressure at the interface, is not easy to loose, and the interface will not Deformed and can be reused for many years.
- Easy to set up, this galvanized stock tank only takes about 5 minutes to easily assemble and continue planting plants.
- Open base: This planter raised garden bed metal galvanized is designed with an open base, which can effectively avoid water accumulation and decay, protect the roots of plants, and allow the roots to better absorb nutrients
- Double thickness: The average thickness of this galvanized planter galvanized sheet reaches 0.78mm, and the thickest part can reach 1.56mm, which is extremely stable. Compared with the ordinary rectangular elevated garden bed with a thickness of 0.3mm, it will be the right choice for you.
2. Elevated Garden Kit
Gardening at the hip with an elevated bed will save you from much undue back and neck pain.
When shopping for a raised bed on legs, you’ll want to look for one that is super sturdy to bear the heaviness of the soil, and this kit surely fits the bill.
Crafted with 2.2-inch thick cedar wood, and with extras like a side workstation, large lower shelf, and optional growing grid for 8 plants, it’s a handsome piece that is perfect for balconies or small yards.
3. Three-Tier Raised Garden Bed Kit
Size: 47 x 47 x 22 inches
Materials: Fir wood
Joining form and function, this 3-tiered raised bed kit provides a gorgeous cascading aesthetic with plenty of growing room.
Each tier adds a planting depth of 7 inches, allowing you to grow your shallow-rooted plants in the front and your more deep-rooted plants at the back.
Because fir wood isn’t as rot-resistant as cedar and cypress, it’s recommended you treat it with a garden-safe wood preservative, like this one.
4. Metal Raised Bed Kit
Materials: Heavy-duty sheet metal
A budget-friendly option that will last a long, long time, this galvanized steel planting bed won’t warp, twist, or rot.
With no bottom, it offers excellent drainage and will enable you to grow even the deepest-rooted vegetables.
5. Plastic Raised Bed Kit
Materials: High-density polyethylene plastic
Another growing box that is unaffected by the elements, this kit won’t rot, crack, or twist.
The walls of the raised bed are slate grey with an attractive faux wood design.
Assembly is quick and easy, just snap the interlocking corners to the longer pieces – no hardware or tools are required.
Use the kits separately or stack two for an 18” planting depth.
Materials: Galvanized steel raised bed with a transparent polyethylene cover
A useful combo, this kit includes a galvanized steel raised bed with an 11.8-inch planting depth as well as a metal frame with a fitted polyethylene tent available in green mesh or clear.
Extending the growing season in spring and autumn, the greenhouse cover includes a zippered window, making it easy to water and ventilate your plants.
Since the greenhouse cover and frame are not affixed to the raised bed, you can use them together or move the greenhouse to other areas of your garden that need protection from frost.
7. Fabric Raised Bed Kit
Materials: Polyethylene fabric
When you’re looking for a portable and durable raised bed, this fabric grows bag kit should do the trick.
(And here’s an article sharing why we think growing bags are one of the best ways to grow veggies)
Constructed of soft, UV-resistant, BPA-free, non-woven polyethylene fabric, it can be placed on any flat surface – even a deck or tabletop – for an instant raised bed, no assembly required.
The heavy-duty fabric allows good airflow through the root systems while quickly draining away excess water.
When the season is over, simply empty it and fold it up for easy storage.
8. Keyhole Raised Bed Kit with Composter
Materials: Premium vinyl
An excellent choice for gardeners with physical limitations, the keyhole design, and nearly 2-foot height make tending the plants much easier while standing in one spot.
Made from food grade, BPA, and phthalate-free polymer in white, this kit won’t rot, rust, crack, or peel.
And one of the coolest features is the latticed composting compartment at the keyhole inlet where you can dispose of your kitchen scraps and boost soil fertility.
Try lining the bottom and around the compost basket with straw or cardboard to cut down on the amount of soil you need to fill it.
9. Raised Bed Kit with Trellis
Materials: Fir wood
With a built-in trellis at the back, this raised bed kit looks fantastic in lining a walkway, patio, or fence.
Made from solid fir, use the planting bed for any and all climbing and vining plants, such as peas, beans, cucumber, morning glories, clematis, and honeysuckle.
Alternatively, the latticework can act as hooks to hang your flower baskets.
10. Modular Raised Bed Kit
Size: 8’ wide x 8’ long x 16.5” tall
For a raised bed system that can grow along with your gardening prowess, this kit can be configured any way you like.
Shown in a U-shaped setup, the interlocking 4-foot-long boxes could be arranged in a line, double-wide, or in other shapes to suit your needs. This flexibility is due to the 4-way dovetail corner posts that lock the planks into place, no hardware is needed.
All products within this line have the same neat feature, allowing for lots of creativity when designing your raised bed garden.
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