This also makes more space available for intensive crop production. They can be created over large areas with the use of several commonly available tractor-drawn implements and efficiently maintained, planted and harvested using hand tools. This form of gardening is compatible with square foot gardening and companion planting.
The close plant spacing and the use of compost generally result in higher yields with raised beds in comparison to conventional row gardening. Waist-high raised beds enable the elderly and physically disabled to grow vegetables without having to bend over to tend them.
When growing vegetables in raised garden beds using the Square Foot Gardening method, your beds will need to be sectioned off into one-foot sections called planting squares.
Then, determine what you would like to use for the anchors. If you built your garden bed out of lumber, you could use nails as anchors, spacing each nail the appropriate distance as determined by the results of the calculation in Step 1 above. If your garden bed is made out of a composite material (part wood waste, part plastic), I recommend using an anchor placed on the outside of the bed. Since my beds are 6 inches high, I used 12 inch metal spikes I bought from the local hardware store, pounding them into the soil directly on the outside of the garden bed.