Gardening in Raised Beds

Answered by Jo Posted in Category Raised Beds


I have a small garden and grow a few vegetables.  I want to make some raised beds but have little space. 


I can either make four 4x4 raised beds or two 8x4 raised beds and cannot decide which would be best to order.  Would the four smaller beds be better in terms of trying to rotate the beds?  Two larger beds would however give me more space to walk around the beds. 


Oh for a larger garden!




Kind regards




Denise Dangerfield



Dear Denise

No matter what size of garden we have, we gardeners always want more! 


I would go for the two 8 foot beds.  You can still rotate your crops as you would in 4 smaller beds, just by halving the area in each bed.  Ease of access is key to successful raised bed gardening and it would soon become annoying working in a cramped space.  Two 8 foot beds will give you the same amount of growing space but with better access, so it has to be the best option.


Also, when choosing your beds, try and make them as deep as possible as this will give you more options when choosing which crops to grow.  For example, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and squashes will all grow better with a deep root run. 


Good luck with your raised bed gardening.  Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.


Kindest Regards



Jo Blackwell 


Kitchen Gardener 

Harrod Horticultural




Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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