Good Organic Gardening

Make your bed up

The case for raised beds is, in the first instance, one of simple accessibility. Just as hospital beds are adjustable up and down for the ergonomic convenience of nurses, wardsmen and other workers, a raised garden bed is easier to work on, requiring less bending and kneeling.

The obvious payoff is efficiency. You can work for far longer on a raised bed without breaking your back and, if it’s wide enough, you can also sit on the edge of the bed while you work. Or have a tea break and survey the fruit of your labour.

TV presenter Sophie Thomson, in her book (reviewed last issue), makes the point that raised beds can effectively age-proof

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