What To Plant In Raised Garden Beds?

When I first move to the city, I had a withdrawal of sorts from gardening. Throughout my growing years, we always had a garden, so gardening enthusiasts like you can relate to this. If you have a penchant for gardening but your surroundings aren't really conducive to your passion because of poor soil or the lack of a huge space to have it indulged, then you should not worry too much anymore because you can always make yourself raised garden beds.

Raised garden beds allow you to have absolute control of your crops anytime, anywhere – that is, as long as the climate is well-regulated to facilitate proper growth.


Usually built on top of the natural soil in your garden (or, if you do not have a garden, then on top of the concrete pavement in your home), raised bed gardens can be built in two different ways – contained and free-form. Wherever you are, you can indulge your gardening passion through them.

So, What to plant in raised garden beds?​

Variety 1: Root Crops

They are perfect for growing in raised beds because you have full control of the soil. They will flourish in the rock-free soil since they will have ample space to be able to spread out their roots and avoid growing misshapen.

Among the possible root crops you can plant are the following:

​#1. Carrots

Carrots are very popular root crops grown in raised garden beds. You would think that they are easy to grow., but this is not true in general. For one, it takes several months for them to reach their maturity level. While waiting for them to grow, the possibility of pests inhabiting the soil is one thing you should watch out for. To grow carrots properly takes patience and a watchful eye.

#2. Beets

Mainly considered as root crops, the leaves of beets are also edible, so growing them is really beneficial. Probably the hardest thing that you need to keep in mind when growing them is that thinning them can be a challenge. They sprout fast and get crowded easily, but the good thing is that you can eat the beets that you thin from the bunch.

The greens are also great additions to your salads and stir-fry concoctions. Since they grow quickly and taste best when they are harvested young, you can count on having a constant supply of them whenever you want them.

#3. ​Onions

Can you consider any vegetable that is more useful than your good, ol' onions? Probably not. Most tasty food recipes all over the globe would require starting off with sautéing onions, along with garlic, usually. They are fairly easy to grow, but planting them can be a challenge. You can grow them using seeds or bulbs, but the latter is usually more expensive but tons easier. You need to keep in mind that you need to start growing them indoors, then you can transport them outdoors once they start to mature.

#4. Horseradishes

Relatively easy to grow, horseradishes are also ideal for planting. They re-grow and spread easily, so make sure that you do not have an oversupply that will just rot away.

Variety 2: Vegetables

They are among the most popular crops grown in raised beds. The loose soil that drains water quickly and just keeps it nice and moist are what these veggies want.

#1. Broccolis


High in calcium, magnesium, and iron as well as fortified with Vitamins A, B6, and C, broccolis are ideal for your garden. You should ideally grow them in small containers or pots with 12 to 16 inches of soil depth, but make sure to watch out for those little green worms that feed on them. Covering the broccolis with a lightweight cloth will help fend off the worms.

#2. Peas


Peas should ideally be grown around 2 inches apart in a raised garden bed that is at least ten inches deep. Make sure that you provide stems or twigs to help the vines grow. Avoid growing them during hot season because they will not be able to grow well. Temperatures of between 40 to 85 degree Fahrenheit are ideal for them.

#3. Beans


Considered as nutrient powerhouses, beans – whatever the variety may be – are ideal for growing. You should ideally plant them 4 inches apart in an at least 12 inches deep container. The best time to harvest them is when their pods are light brown.

#4. Tomatoes


They are very needy of nutrients, and the controlled environment will give them what they need. Although they are prone to being eaten by pests, growing them is among the reasons why most home gardeners go into gardening in the first place.

If you want to know how to grow your own tomato garden, find it here.

#5. ​Red Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers are must-haves for a lot of reasons. For one, they are loaded with potassium, vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as riboflavin. They also provide that distinct flavor in lots of dishes, especially pastas and sauces.

Variety 3: Fruits

It is also ideal for fruit lovers to indulge their love their fruits by going gardening. Although most fruits grow in trees that need years to reach their full maturity, there are several varieties that you can grow in your raised gardens. Among the best fruits to grow on your own are the following:

#1. Strawberries


Since they need special attention to avoid overcrowding, they would also thrive best in raised beds. To protect them from outside elements, you can easily drape a net on the bed.​

#2. Blackberries And Raspberries​

Blackberries And Raspberries

​Since they usually grow in an aggressive manner and can easily spread through their roots, growing them in the controlled raised bed environment will enable you to keep them from taking over your whole garden. Doing so will save you from getting entangled in an uncontrolled overgrowth full of thorns from the stems.

#3. Corns

Although they can grow very tall, corns are also a good idea to grow, especially on a sunny plot.​

Variety 4: Herbs

It would be a real convenience to grow your herbs right from your garden. Having perennial herbs all year round will guarantee that you do not ever cook without having the zest that these herbs provide. Among the most popular are the following:

#1. Basil


​Basil usually grow best during late spring. They are ideal to use in soups, omelets, and just about any meat dish and pasta. Among the most popular use of basil is in pesto sauces.

#2. Chives


Chives provide a mild onion flavor to your dishes. They are ideal for growing in early spring.​

#3. Corianders

Also grown best during early spring, corianders have a sharp taste, and can be slightly bitter. They are usually used in meat dishes as well as sprinkled dry on sandwich fillings.​

Variety 5: Perennial flowers

It will be such a lovely sight to have perennial flowers growing abundantly in your garden all-year-round. Among them are:

Peruvian Lilies

Peruvian Lilies


Asters (via Manonamai.It)











Concluding Thoughts

These are just among the ideas of what to plant in raised garden beds. The final decision should be based on what you need and want, and then you can just take it from there.I do hope I was able to give you some insights and, hopefully, help you in indulging your gardening passion by being a little more creative about your passion.

​Do you have any other suggestions you think I should have mentioned? Please let me know in the comments.

Shary Saunders

Shary Saunders is the founder and chief editor of sharycherry.com. Gardening and landscaping have been her passion for years. You can find Shary on Twitter at @SharySaunders. Read more about Shary here.

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