Raised Bed Positioning

Answered by Jo Posted in Category Raised Beds

Dear Harrod

We have one of your 8 by 4 raised beds. Please can you advise us on the distance we should leave between an existing mixed boarder (bushes, flowers, some trees -- all very sparse because of thin soil) and the raised bed. We want to use it for growing veg, it will be on the south side of the existing bed and will not be shaded to the south at all. There is an ornamental cherry to the south east.

many thanks Megan

Dear Megan

If your bed is not shaded, the distance from the border will not make too much difference with regards to the plants you grow.  You may find that some of the border plants will send their roots into the raised bed in search of the better soil, particularly if they are growing in poor soil.  It may be a good idea to put a liner into your raised bed to prevent this, if you have not already done so.

I would make sure that you have plenty of room to move around the bed when you are tending it.  At the kitchen garden, we have beds near to hedges and fruit trees and the minimum pathway around the edge is enough room to put a garden track.  These are 39cm wide and this is plenty of room for me to carry out planting and maintenance.

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

Kindest Regards


Jo Blackwell

Kitchen Gardener


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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