Raised gardens have many benefits regardless of whether or not they are created following organic practices. We will cover the benefits of organic growing in a separate post however.

Raised gardens are not a new idea, the have been used in various guises around the world for centuries. Raised gardens are undergoing a resurgence in interest though and for good reasons.

More Kiwi’s than ever before are living in urban areas. Those urban areas are becoming more and more built up, and with that comes traffic congestion, noise and pollution. For many people the traditional Kiwi quarter acre is as long gone as the imperial unit of measurement used to describe it.

Life is hectic, we work long hours and we want to get the most out of our well earned leisure time. Occurring hand in hand with the shrinking of our property sizes has been the evolution of our lifestyles.

Who has time for the managing of a huge back yard these days? Especially one that is mostly grass. House styles have changed too; the modern house has an indoor/outdoor flow though large doorways to decks, patios, courtyards and landscaped spaces. We want those spaces to be relaxing and easy to maintain. We like spending time relaxing and socialising in our ‘outdoor rooms’.

In such a contemporary setting raised garden beds fit in extremely well. Sadly perhaps, but realistically there are less people who have the time or inclination for the traditional ‘vege’ garden down the back of the property. Now-a-days this often only conjures up images of muddy patches full of weeds that threatens Saturday mornings with back breaking digging.

Raised gardens need not be time consuming and they certainly aren’t eyesores. Raised gardens can be made of various materials but imagine for the moment, a natural wooden raised garden bed. This is sitting in your back yard, close enough to the kitchen to be convenient and yet not so close as to be in the way.

This raised garden is full of fresh vegetables and herbs and the vibrant growth is beautiful with it’s colours, shapes and the movement of bees. The raised garden also smells divinely of aromatic herbs and the scents of the flowers. This is no longer unproductive land but a source of healthy fresh produce and at the same time a beautifully landscaped aspect of your outdoor living space.

And beyond the aesthetic a raised garden is extremely practicable; a raised garden can be built upon any surface and they can even be relocated if necessary. And if the raised garden is built upon dirt the existing quality of the soil doesn’t really matter.

The nature of a raised garden extends the growing season because the soil is warmer by being positioned above the surrounding ground. A raised garden is also easier to maintain due to it being less distance to bend down to (we can make raised gardens of various heights to suit the situation). The soil in a raised garden drains freely, avoids compaction and is less susceptible to slugs and snails. Studies have shown increased yields (when compared to standard in-ground gardens) due to all the above mentioned benefits.

Farmini can design and build your raised gardens. We understand that your gardens need to be practicable but we also understand that they often need to be beautiful as well. A raised garden is something you are able to show-off to your guests, both for their natural aesthetic appeal and for the bounty they produce.

If having a raised garden is appealing but the ongoing maintenance is not then we can look after your raised garden for you as well. You can be as involved in your garden as you like. The eating of the fresh vegetables is surely the best part any way!

If you’d like to arrange a free site visit to discuss what we could do for you in more detail then please, contact Farmini today.

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Comment by Pip on February 18, 2009 at 1:22pm
If you look at the comment I made on OOOOBY's blog earlier this month, it supports what Alyn is saying here. Try checking out www.squarefootgardening.com for some great ideas about how to make your raised garden work!
Comment by Alyn on February 15, 2009 at 12:45pm
Hi Pete, thanks, have added a photo to the blog post and some more to my photo section. Cheers.
Comment by Pete Russell on February 15, 2009 at 9:54am
You could add an image to this blog so others can see what you're talking about.
Comment by Pete Russell on February 15, 2009 at 9:51am
This is great Alyn. Do you have photos of any Farmini Gardens?
Comment by Alyn on February 15, 2009 at 9:44am
An advantage of raised gardens is that they can be relocated. They disassemble easily, soil/compost can be replaced or moved as well. They can be really useful at rentals if you want to garden areas a landlord doesn't want dug up. If they're placed on grass, they'll just kill of the grass. If liners are used they can even be built on top of concrete etc.
Comment by Sonya on February 15, 2009 at 9:18am
Great idea for a business - I hope it's going well for you. :) We would like to put in raised gardens when we finally own a house. For now it's ground level, with the never ending weeds...

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