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Top 10 Raised Garden Beds 2016 v2

Got a green thumb? Or trying to develop your own vegetables for a fitter eating regimen? Test out our choice of raised garden beds. Their multiplied design is perfect for regions with poor soil, or no soil, or for smaller gardens, patios, and balconies. And they could help to alleviate the lower back pain commonplace to gardening lovers.

VegTrug8482; Patio Garden, CharcoalGreenes 4 Ft. X 4 Ft. X 21 In. Tiered Cedar Raised Garden BedGronomics REGB 24-48 24-Inch by 48-Inch by 30-Inch Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, UnfinishedLifetime 60053 Raised Garde Bed Kit, 2 Beds and 1 Early Start Vinyl EnclosureLifetime 60069 Raised Garden Bed Kit, 4 by 4 Feet, Pack of 3NuVue Products Raised 48 by 48 by 15.5-Inch Garden Box Kit, Extra Tall, White VinylArboria EZ Plant Elevated GardenGreenes 4 Ft. X 8 Ft. X 10.5 In. Cedar Raised Garden BedKeter Easy Grow Patio Garden Flower Plant Planter Raised Elevated Garden BedThe Little Acre Raised-Bed Vegetable Garden (Original 3'x4'x9

Raised Without A Raised Option

Not everybody grows up with the luxury of gardening at their fingertips. When my parents bought the house I grew up in a few years before I was born, the real estate people stipulated that they really shouldn't try to grow any food in that yard, and that if they did they shouldn't eat it.

Apparently, many years prior, the ground in my backyard was treated with some kind of chemical so noxious that it wouldn't be safe for gardening until around the time I turned 18. By then, we'd long given up on the prospect of growing anything in our yard.

As a result of my underexposure to gardening, I've long battled with a set of black thumbs. I've killed bonsai trees, cacti, bamboo, and pretty much every other species of plant that seems indestructible to most people. It's a curse long left over from the evil in the soil where I grew up.

It took a lot of studious effort and a few of the raised gardening beds like the ones on this list for me to break my streak, and a few years ago I finally harvested a nice crop of tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, cucumber, cherry peppers, and squash.

Not only can raised garden beds like the ones on this list give you an opportunity to grow food or flowers where the soil is inferior, they also allow you to grow items where there is no soil, like a small patio attached to an apartment, a brick-laid backyard like the ones you see in major cities on the American east coast, or even on a rooftop.

In addition to giving you the ability to grow food almost anywhere, raised garden beds take a tremendous amount of strain off of your back and legs. I remember seeing my grandmother struggling on a little gardening pad to stay comfortable as she worked over her garden on her hands and knees. She's still with us today, probably thanks in part to the tremendous amount of homegrown veggies she would eat, but her back is curved like a question mark.

Instead of bending over the dirt, you can tend to a raised garden from the comfort of a simple chair, making for a much less stressful gardening environment and ensuring that you can keep at it for years to come.

Give Me a Little Space


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If you'd asked me back in my black thumb days what the most important thing was for the long term health a plant, I'd have said water. I would have been close, but plants can hold onto the water they drink up from the soil for a little bit of time, and mother nature has a pretty reliable way of watering them when you forget unless you live in southern California.

I might have said the soil or sunlight, and I would have been close again, but not quite on the mark. For the long term health of a plant, the most important thing a plant can have is space. When you take a look at the seed packets that provide you with the building blocks for your garden, each one has a recommended spacing to it that I'd always tried my hardest to ignore.

Like a good American capitalist, I wanted to maximize my yield, so I'd put as many seeds in the ground as I could reasonable fit and tend. The results were usually pretty bad. It's not that the plants didn't sprout, or grow, or produce food; it's that they didn't flourish. Given more space, my yields actually would have been higher, as the plants could have spent less time vying for sun and root positions and more time bearing fruit.

You want to get your hands on as big a raised garden as your space will allow. That way, you can give your plants the room they actually need to breath and expand. If you have enough space to go a little smaller with each bed, but to get more than one, that's even better. Whatever you can do to increase your gardening area is a good thing.

Once you've measured out space and figured out what you can fit, you'll still have a few options to choose from on our list, and among these, you can hold working height and the general aesthetics of each at a premium. If you want to work comfortably from a chair, go sit in the chair you intend to use and measure a comfortable working height, then compare it to the beds on this list. After that, you can figure out which of the options would be the most eye-catching and make your purchase from there.

Onward To Victory


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Prehistoric evidence suggests that humans have been gardening for the better part of their existence. The gardening of those days was something called forest gardening, which took place along wet river banks and served to propagate advantageous species of trees, shrubs, and vines that bore edible fruits.

Roughly 12,000 years ago humans created the first garden enclosures, cordoning off outdoor spaces from invasive animals and unwanted fellow humans. Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings give us early glimpses into more ornamental gardening methods that reach back into the 16th century BCE.

For sustenance, individual gardens didn't have much of a place in the average person's home until the victory gardens of WWI and WWII. During those war years, the governments of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and others all encouraged their citizens to grow their own food so that they might feed themselves in the event that a shortage caused the military to redirect the citizens' food supply to its troops.

Even after WWII, having endured the Great Depression that took place between wars, most suburban households in America maintained small gardens as a ward against another potential economic collapse, and the way our current economy is functioning, it might not be a bad idea to bring the practice back.


#10.The Little Acre Raised-Bed Vegetable Garden (Original 3'x4'x9", Natural Weave)


The Little Acre is a fold-out raised bed garden. It's super-easy to use and takes only 30 minutes to set-up, fill with soil and plant! Perfect for balconies, patios, and small spaces. Your new vegetable garden is made out of woven, UV-resistant polyurethane. It's incredibly durable. You can leave it outside all winter to use again in the spring. Or you can empty, rinse and store inside to reuse again and again. The woven fabric makes for great drainage while retaining moisture and offering great aeration for your plant roots. The perfect combo for happy healthy plants! Plant your very own raised bed vegetable garden today! You can set up The Little Acre just about anywhere - in your apartment or condo, backyard or patio, on your balcony or the end of your driveway! It's great for on rooftops, fire escapes, or just about anywhere you can find a couple of sunny square feet to grow your own food.


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#9.Keter Easy Grow Patio Garden Flower Plant Planter Raised Elevated Garden Bed


This Keter elevated garden has a generous capacity of 31.7 gallons - enough room to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, flowers or even houseplants. Perfect for small outdoor spaces, this attractive raised bed garden is an ideal solution for bringing color to your deck, patio, and balcony. Made of polypropylene resin in a popular rattan pattern that matches current trends in patio furniture, this planter is both stylish and durable enough for use over many seasons. In rich natural rattan brown, you can match this raised bed garden to any indoor or outdoor décor and enjoy its beauty all year round in addition to the following benefits:


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#8.Greenes 4 Ft. X 8 Ft. X 10.5 In. Cedar Raised Garden Bed


Easy-peasy to put together. I stripped the sod underneath where the beds were going to go and tilled in compost and manure, then assembled the beds on top of the prepared plots, then filled. I bought multiple sets to form a particular layout, and adding the sets together for the shapes and sizes I wanted was very simple and easy. Assembly of the entire 112 sq-ft garden took maybe 40 minutes?
There are cross-pieces to put in between the middle posts for stability, but I actually only used the bottom one in each case, and that seems to be enough to stabilize and keep the long sides from bowing out. They are very attractive once set up, as well!


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#7.Arboria EZ Plant Elevated Garden


The Arboria EZ Plant Elevated Garden is a unique planter box designed to allow gardeners to tend to their plants while standing, helping to avoid back strain and improve the patio gardening experience. Both sturdy and decorative, the EZ-Plant Garden's four tapered legs gracefully support a solidly constructed bed that is crowned with beveled post tops. Plant it with your favorite her herbs, vegetables or flowers. Includes optional plastic bed liner and easy-to-follow assembly instructions.


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#6.NuVue Products Raised 48 by 48 by 15.5-Inch Garden Box Kit, Extra Tall, White Vinyl


The perfect tool to help you grow whatever you imagine! Gardening has never been so easy. Just fill this extra tall 4' X 4' white raised garden with the right soil for your gardening project, flower, fruit, vegetable or landscaping. Made of the highest quality heavy gauge PVC for years of use. Also, makes a great sandbox!.


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#5.Lifetime 60069 Raised Garden Bed Kit, 4 by 4 Feet, Pack of 3


Lifetime Raised Garden Kit - The 4' x 4' Lifetime Raised Garden Bed features 9" high walls and interlocking assembly. This model is 12 pieces, making (3) 4' x 4' boxes and comes in brown. The 4' x 4' Raised Garden Bed from Lifetime Products gives you the perfect garden setup in in less than one hour. It is constructed of uv-protected high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with a simulated wood design. It is low maintenance, weather resistant, and will not rot, crack, or peel. The walls are 9 inches high, but two beds can be stacked together to create 18-inch walls to accommodate deep rooted plants. With its easy do-it-yourself assembly and low maintenance features, gardening has never been this easy.


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#4.Lifetime 60053 Raised Garde Bed Kit, 2 Beds and 1 Early Start Vinyl Enclosure


The Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit contains an Early Start clear vinyl plastic tent enclosure and two 4x4 garden beds that can be used separately or stacked for an extra-deep bed. It is designed with 8 easy-to-assemble interlocking panels of polyethylene plastic with rust-resistant zinc-coated screws. It won't rot or attract insects like raised garden beds made out of timber. The interlocking panels create the sidewalls and a weed barrier (not included) creates the bottom of this raised garden bed. This prevents weeds and underground pests from invading your garden. With raised beds, you can easily customize the soil to your plants, so you won't be at the mercy of the natural soil conditions in your area. Because the soil isn't compacted from being walked upon, a raised garden bed doesn't require tilling and provides more efficient drainage. Plant placement is done differently in a raised bed, and this allows you to grow five times as many crops as traditional gardening because it uses 20% of the space of single-row gardens. You'll also appreciate that the interlocking panels give you the option to disassemble and relocate your garden bed if you move or simply want to change your landscaping design.


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#3.Gronomics REGB 24-48 24-Inch by 48-Inch by 30-Inch Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, Unfinished


Our best selling product is now available with a unique rough-sawn look. Ideal for small patios, decks, condos, and apartments, or anywhere you'd like to grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers. The Rustic Elevated Garden Bed eliminates bending over while gardening and is perfect for gardeners with mobility and back strain issues. These planters are constructed of 100-percent Western Red Cedar, are quick and easy to assemble, and are handcrafted in the U.S.A.


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#2.Greenes 4 Ft. X 4 Ft. X 21 In. Tiered Cedar Raised Garden Bed


This is a great deal for beginners......after having a large garden for years decided that I would like something smaller & closer to my house.....this is the best thing I have ever done! Shipped quickly, great directions, easy to assemble - filled and planted - one week later I have a profuse little garden going. My husband was skeptical - however - he is as proud of our little garden as I am! The only con is that it said 1 CY of soil......most places sell bags of garden soil in CF...... I would say that 9 bags of 2.5 cf of garden soil will do the trick!! Happy, happy, happy! :-)


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#1.VegTrug8482; Patio Garden, Charcoal


Grow plants at an easy working height in this unique patio garden; no bending or kneeling to plant, tend and harvest. The elevated bed means no weeds and fewer pests, too. The V-shape makes efficient use of space and planting mix — grow deep-rooted plants like tomatoes in the center, shallow-rooted crops like salad greens along the edges. Includes a fitted fabric liner to keep soil contained while letting excess water drain. Plastic feet protect wood from wet surfaces. Quality construction and easy assembly.


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