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Why You Should Grow Your Vegetables in Raised Beds

Posted in Railway Sleeper News by Admin on March 31st 2016

Raised beds are commonly used for smaller plants. Through raised bed kits, the earth intended for planting is raised above the surrounding area.  

Here are five reasons why you should grow your vegetables in raised beds:

1. You can save space – most raised beds are made with railway sleepers that are 3 to 4 feet wide. Requiring minimal space, this is the perfect solution if you have a limited area in your garden.

2. You can easily water your crop – watering cans can be used without having to bend into difficult positions. You can also use hoses or irrigation kits for easy management of your watering; add a watering timer and you can have reliable, consistent watering even when you’re on holiday.

3. You will enjoy higher yields – because raised beds promote healthier soil, they tend to yield more vegetables than traditional gardens. You will also get better moisture distribution throughout the bed to encourage perfect growth.

4. Easily accessible- raised beds afford easy access to all your plants and you can usually walk around to tend to your garden - if you have carefully planned the position of your raised beds.  As they are raised, they are also more accessible to the elderly or people with mobility restrictions.

5. Easy to position - they can be located in the ideal position for good levels of sunshine, shade and shelter. Raised beds can also be close to your house for easier access. Since the raised beds do not really need to be surrounded by soil, you can put them anywhere you like. You can even position them on the patio or decking area. 


There are plenty of reasons why you should use raised beds to grow your vegetables. If you are looking for good quality cheap railway sleepers for your raised bed project, contact Railway Sleeper on +44 (0)1536 267107. We also offer new railway sleepers, decking boards, cladding boards and other oak products.

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