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Ease of accessibility 
You may have started to see a newer type of raised bed here and there. Called "enabling gardens," they provide accessible growing spaces and inspiration to those who have various limitations. They help people with cognitive or physical disabilities enjoy the peace, motivation and satisfaction that come from gardening.

Space savers 
Which leads to one very important detail about owning raised beds: they prove you don't necessarily need a conventional yard to grow a row of tomatoes. Because you're filling raised beds with your own mix of fresh, nutrient-rich soil, they can sit on gravel, pavement, poor soil, roof tops—pretty much anywhere.

And let's not forget that a great deal of the population lives in urban spaces—or subdivisions with postage stamp-sized lots. Rooftops, balconies and teeny, tiny patios have all become fair game when it comes to locations for growing your own food. This means that gardeners may have to get creative when it comes to what they're planting in, but options abound. There are all sorts of compact raised beds that can be placed out of the way in a sunny corner. Some even have self-watering systems in place, so they require even less maintenance.

Excerpted from Raised Bed Revolution by Tara Nolan used by permission Quarto Publishing Group USA.

A version of this article appeared in the June 2016 issue with the headline, "Elevated," p. 60-62.

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