Raised grow beds are an essential part of any gardeners garden. Our raised beds kits come in many different shapes and sizes, from planter tables to the more traditional square beds, so youre sure to find one to suit your needs. Depending on size, raised beds can be used to plant everything from small trees and shrubs to vegetables and soft fruits, not to mention flowers and herbs. What are the advantages and benefits of a raised bed? Having a raised bed can allow for more planting, as the increased depth means more good quality, aerated soil for your plants. The physical barrier means youll have fewer weeds from the surrounding area creeping into your nutritious fresh soil, and some pests, such as Carrot Fly, are less likely to find their dinner. Improved drainage to your plants can be a pro or a con, depending on what youre growing. With difficult clay soil or waterlogged areas, a raised bed can be a lifesaver, but warmer weather requires extra watering. They are also a great way to separate your plants from the rest of the garden. Whether you want to protect your plants from pests, pets, children (or just the lawnmower!), a garden beds gets far less traffic and so has less compacted and better structured soil for seedlings. What to look for when buying a raised bed? First and foremost, the depth of a raised bed is more important than its length or width. The extra height will provide more space for root vegetables such as carrots, turnips and potatoes, and allow for looser soil which is better for plants to grow. It can also be beneficial for small gardens to get maximum croppage out of the space. At Primrose, we have included the approximate capacity in litres of many raised beds to give a sense of how much one can grow. This is calculated through multiplying each dimension and then dividing by a thousand. Also, important is the shape of a bed. Generally, they are narrow that allows easy access to crops, which prevents the need to step on the soil that leads to compacted soil. What materials do raised beds come in? Raised Beds can be found in three materials wood, plastic and metal. Wooden ones are comprised of garden sleepers or railway sleepers that are often pressurised and treated to ensure a long lifespan. At Primrose, we are so confident of our timber beds durability that we offer a fifteen year guarantee on our Chamberlain range of raised beds. Metal raised beds are comprised of galvanised steel that is protective and resistant to corrosion. Plastic raised beds are also very strong and durable, and offer great value for money.