In her book, Raised Bed Revolution: Build It, Fill It, Plant It…Garden Anywhere!, author Tara Nolan has cultivated a guide of expert tips and ideas, some of which we've cherry-picked here. With no need to get down to ground level, both you and your space will be taken to the higher ground.

"The emphasis on eating fresh local food over the past few years has really changed the landscape of our towns and cities," writes Nolan. "Not only are farmers markets more popular than ever before, more and more people are deciding to put their green thumbs to the test and grow their own food at home. This is where innovation and modernization come into play."

Not just your run of the mill planter
In fact, raised beds can be made in all shapes and styles—rectangles, squares, triangles and circles; ankle- and waist-height; wooden and stone construction. They can even be welded out of steel, aging to a nice rust-colored patina over time or made out of corrugated sheets of steel inset in a wood frame.

Creative DIYers are rescuing materials from scrap heaps, antique markets, behind sheds and underneath decks to upcycle into raised beds. Commonly found items, such as wash basins, stock tanks and recycling bins, are getting a new lease on life as ready-made gardens.

They look good anywhere
As the types of beds have changed, so have their locations. Raised beds are no longer just confined to the backyard. They're appearing on front and side lawns of residential streets, spaces that were once reserved solely for grass or ornamental plantings. Homeowners are reaping the benefits of that extra space and growing 
food to feed their families.

Often the front yard becomes the prime candidate for a raised bed because that's the spot on the property with the best growing conditions—lots of hot sun! But savvy gardeners are taking advantage of whatever locations they can find.

Next: You don't need a conventional garden to grow a row of tomatoes

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