Raised beds make for easier vegetable gardening. Our timber raised beds are the perfect way to grow vegetables in your garden, tunnel, or allotment. Our kits are easy to assemble and are available in a multitude of sizes and depths, a build your own option is also available for a bespoke raised garden. Raised beds are very easy to maintain and provide a smaller area to keep weed & pest free. Our kits have a very natural design, made with spruce timber boards and corner posts.
There is a simple reason why raised beds are so popular for growing vegetables - they just make it so much easier. Raised beds take less time to weed because of their relatively small area and comfortable working height, soil remains friable and easy to work while pests are easily controlled. Soil and plant feeds can also be accurately and economically applied due to the concentrated nature of raised bed growing.
Raised planters are also more versatile and allow you to create a vegetable garden on a hard surface, this allows you to grow in an urban environments where good quality soil may be unavailable. To explain the the many benefits of raised bed growing we have created a detailed list below, we hope you find it helpful. Remember we are the timber raised bed kit experts; if you have a question we don’t cover in this section please contact our team, we are always happy to help.
They look great
While any raised planters look great we prefer to use timber as it’s natural appearance is so pleasing in the vegetable garden. Wooden planters, once they have been treated against rot, require little or maintenance and will give many years of service.
We also like the order raised beds create making your vegetable garden project as they look so much tidier and pleasing to the eye. Your garden will be a joy to walk around with crops and flowers growing in neat planters separated by lawn, paving or gravel. The neat appearance of a raised bed garden is particularly good for novice growers as it makes the garden project much easier to manage.
Our timber planters are pressure treated against rot which gives their natural honey finish a faint green hue. As the timber ages it takes on an attractive silver grey appearance which looks great in traditional and modern gardens alike. We carry a range of raised bed styles including cottage style, log cabin style and a contemporary design with clean lines to suit a more modern garden.
They come in a wide range of sizes
Wooden raised bed kits come in wide range of sizes to suit a large rural garden or a smaller suburban or urban vegetable garden. We have a number of standard sizes the most popular being the 6ft x 3ft or 6ft x 4ft raised bed. We recommend a width of no more than 4ft to allow easy access from each side of the bed with 3ft being the most comfortable working width. Remember, a big advantage of raised bed growing is the fact that the soil remains light and loose for good root growth; beds that are too wide will force you to walk on them and compact the soil.
We also offer a range of heights depending on what crops you wish to grow or the quality of the soil beneath the bed. We supply beds starting at 7 inches high and include 9, 14 and 21 inch options. Your choice of height will be dictated by a number of factors including a comfortable working height for you, the quality of the soil under the raised bed and what crops you wish to grow. For example root crops like carrots and parsnips need a bed with plenty of depth while shallow root crops lie leafy salads will be happy in a much shallower planter.
Our beds can be used either as stand alone vegetable beds or positioned in a group layout to produce a wide range of attractive options.
Raised planters allow you to garden anywhere
Gardeners in urban areas can be restricted by the size of their gardens or may have no area of topsoil to grow in at all. Raised beds, garden troughs or planter boxes solve these problems as once you have a box to hold soil or compost you can grow anywhere.
An urban garden with a small back yard or balcony area may not be able to grow large crops like cauliflower or broccoli but there is still plenty of scope for more compact crops like beetroot, baby carrots, spring onions, garlic and a huge range of salad crops. A raised vegetable garden need not mean large wooden planters placed on the ground but can include much smaller containers like pots, grow bags, window boxes and other patio planters. We supply a wide range of contemporary planters including strawberry planters, potato planters, herb planters and pea and bean planters with climbing supports.
They are easier to weed
The ease of maintenance is one of the biggest advantages of raised garden beds. You will have no weeds growing in to your beds from the surrounding area so only have to deal with weed seedlings which germinate in the bed. Raised beds, as their name suggests, are raised above the ground making bending to weed them less of a chore.
Raised planters contain loose and friable soil because you walk around the bed rather than inside it. Any weeds that do take root are easily pulled because the soil has never been compacted by your boots. Most raised bed gardeners will only use a small number of hand tools to tend their beds with a good trowel and hand held weed grubber usually being all that is required.
They are easier to feed
Healthy vegetables need a healthy soil with plenty of nutrients. It is much easier to add manure or other organic soil feeds to a small, enclosed area rather than a larger plot where much of the plant feed can go to waste. Raised bed vegetable growing tends to be concentrated over a relatively small area which means you only have a relatively small area to apply plant and soil feed. Feeding can be more accurate, effective and economical with little or no waste.
They allow you to choose the perfect soil
Many gardens, especially in urban areas, have poor quality topsoil which will not be sufficient for growing vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are demanding plants and need a very fertile soil to grow healthy and vigourous crops with both soil quality and depth being important.
Raised planters allow you to build above a poor substrate but also to fill the beds with a fertile mix of soil and compost to give you the best return. We supply large cubic meter bulk bags of garden soil and bulk compost to provide the ideal mix for raised bed growing. We also stock a range of soil feeds including seaweed and manure based soil improvers to make sure your crops give you the best return.
They allow overwinter growing and an earlier start in Spring
Raised vegetable beds, because they are raised off the ground, have superior drainage but also warm quicker than garden soil in the Spring. Overwintering crops can suffer from waterlogged garden soil leading to rot and poor growth; crops like garlic need to be planted in the Autumn or early Spring but will not thrive in a damp environment. Raised beds solve this issue by raising the soil level above ground and vastly improving drainage.
Raised garden beds will also warm quicker in spring because the sides of the bed are exposed to Spring sunshine. With the help of a mini tunnel or cold frame a raised bed becomes an early plant nursery enabling vegetable growing approximately 4 weeks earlier than normal allowing a vegetable gardeners a head start on the season.
They are easier keep pests under control
Pests can be a serious issue in a vegetable garden with valuable crops being lost to pests like slugs, caterpillars and birds. If you intend to grow organically (most people who grow their own prefer organic gardening) then protecting crops from pests rather than spraying with chemicals is one of the best way to overcome the problem.
Raised planters lend themselves very well to crop protection systems because of their relatively small size and the ability to attach protection structures to the timber edges. Raised beds can also be an effective slug barrier if arranged with sharp gravel pathways between the beds which will greatly reduce slug and snail traffic.
At Quickcrop we use our own design micromesh mini polytunnels to great affect to keep out pests like carrot root fly, cabbage white butterflies and cabbage root fly. Our mini polytunnel structures can be assembled in 20 minutes and are easily attached to a raised bed with a hinge for easy access.
They are easier for beginner to plan
Raised garden beds are particularly well suited to a beginner vegetable grower as they provide an easy to manage space. Our planters are also supplied in sizes which can be easily subdivided in to square foot sections making them perfectly suited to the ‘Square Foot Gardening’ method.
Creating a Square Foot Garden is a method of dividing a vegetable bed in square foot section using timber battens or twine. Each square is then subdivided in to smaller planting squares depending on the size of vegetable being grown. The method makes it very easy for a novice gardener to plan their first vegetable garden and to learn about the plant spacing for different vegetable crops.
We provide a range of square foot gardening plans to suit our range of raised beds and are always happy to advise on custom plans if required.
They are easy to access for persons of reduced mobility
Growing vegetables is a fun and rewarding pursuit and should be open to everyone including gardeners with reduced mobility and those that use a wheelchair. We carry a comprehensive range of trough planters which are raised to allow access without bending or can be tended comfortably from a wheelchair.
Trough planters are wooden planter boxes on sturdy legs where the growing container is placed at waist level to provide an easy working height. We specialise in the ‘Vegtrug’ range which is available with a choice of accessories including polycovers, cold frames and work tables. The Vegtrug tall planter is a truly versatile system which allows keeps proper vegetable growing accessible for all.
All our timber raised beds are supplied in easy to assemble kits with full instructions and fixings included where necessary. Click the following for our full range of raised garden beds or keep reading for a brief description of our timber ranges.
'Classic Allotment Range' For those who are on a budget or just getting started. The classic allotment style garden beds are good quality and work exceptionally well in allotments, polytunnels, greenhouses or anywhere in the garden. We have even heard back from a few customers who have used the 4ft square beds as sand pits for their kids. We named this range the classic range as it follows the traditional allotment design.
'Premier Range' The timber boards and corner posts used in these raised veg beds are thicker than in the classic range. These beds will last for 10 years and are suitable for a wide variety of crops. Also included in the premier range is the 2 tiered garden planter with attached bench seat. This innovative raised vegetable bed has 2 seperated levels for growing in and an attached garden bench for working or admiring from.
'Deluxe Range' Again thicker longer lasting timber and different depths but also sturdy metal bracket supports on the corner posts. Deluxe raised vegetable beds are top of the line and look the part in any garden both indoors and outdoors.
'Vegtrug Trough Planters' Garden furniture that grows your food. Table height gardening with no more bending and certainly impresses the neighbours and friends. These raised vegetable planters have a clever 'V' shaped design to accommodate the growth of deep rooted crops along the centre. Vegtrugs are a stylish addition to any contemporary garden. These raised gardens stand on legs at waist height eliminating the need for bending down, perfect for those with bad backs
'Easy Assemble Raised Beds' As the name implies these beds are easily assembled and can be done so without the use of any tools or screws. They are made from thick timber with a tongue and groove system that just slots together by hand. These are available in many different shapes and sizes.
'Raised Flower Beds' Our flower beds are made with the same 1.25 inch thick timber boards with rounded edges as the Premier range. Beds for growing flowers are available in a range of sizes from 3ft x 3ft up to 6ft x 6ft, and in a range of heights from 7 inches to 21 inches. There are also some split level planters that look great when overflowing with flowers and other plants.
We also stock an affordable plastic raised bed that can also double as a sand pit. This square planter is ideal for the beginner gardener or for the kids garden.
"Raised Bed Accessories". Our accessories are a collection of liners, frames and covers for the raised bed, including products that easily transform your veg bed into a miniature greenhouse or polytunnel. These covers are great for pest and weather protection and for getting a head start on the growing season, they can also be used in an existing poly tunnel or greenhouse to give a double glazed effect. A necessity for growing warm climate crops in the UK, or for extending the growing season.
Our classic range of raised garden beds follow the traditional allotment design. Some of our best selling allotment beds are 6ft by 3ft which is the perfect size for working on as the far side can be worked without having to step on the soil. As stated, there is a range of sizes available with more being added all the time, we are confident our raised garden beds will suit any allotments, community farm and rooftop garden.
Recently, we have been adding a lot of content centered around square foot gardening. The main reason behind this is to help our customers achieve the highest yield possible from their raised garden beds. The method is, as the name implies, to divide a raised bed into square foot sections using garden twine, thin pieces of wood, or bamboo canes and plant various amounts of different veg in each square foot. We have developed quite a few planting plans that adhere to this method, and are free to view and download / print out in our square foot gardening section. Each planting plan comes with an explanatory guide. Our hope is that these plans will provide an easy 'in' for the beginner vegetable gardener, and maybe some new ideas or inspiration for the more seasoned vegetable garden.
There are very different soil requirements when filling raised beds because they come in such a wide range of shapes and sizes. We have created an easy to follow chart detailing the various soil requirements for all our raised beds. The calculated soil volumes will also apply to any bed of the same dimensions. Click the following for soil requirements.
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Raised beds for Vegetable Gardening