Types of Raised Garden Beds

Types of Raised Garden Beds

While some names may overlap, there are four basic types of raised garden beds: raised ground beds, support loft beds, container loft beds, and raised loft beds.

Raised ground beds do not require other materials than soil. This is a simple raised garden bed with a flat-topped mound, usually 6 to 8 inches tall. Raised ground beds are great for gardeners who have large areas to plant but don't want the added expense of building a support frame.

A supported raised bed has a rim or frame around the bed to hold the soil and is usually made of wood, stone, plastic or metal. Supported raised garden beds are great for sloping or uneven yards, and they give the garden an attractive look.

Containerized raised garden beds have higher sides (10 inches or more). Containerized raised garden beds can be placed almost anywhere, including lawns, walkways or decks. They require more soil to fill, but their versatility and ease of use make them ideal for those with heavy foot traffic or accessibility issues.

A raised raised garden bed is similar to a container-style raised bed, but it sits higher and is supported on the legs to bring the growing area to a comfortable standing height. These beds are very convenient for people with limited mobility.

The following models have passed our rigorous performance tests to earn a place in this lineup of the best raised garden beds. They must be durable enough to support the weight of the soil mix, and they must be designed so that the plants have both root space and adequate drainage. In most cases, each must also fulfill the seller's requirements.

While the raised beds below vary in size, material, and design, making some better suited to specific growing situations, each excelled in our testing and earned a spot among the best raised garden beds available today.

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