Most people think of a garden in the traditional sense – a large rectangular area with rows of vegetables separated by enough space to walk and maintain the plants.
This isn’t written in stone however. A raised bed garden has several advantages over the traditional layout.
First, it can be built to suit your yard. As long as it gets enough sunlight, there’s no need to have everything in one place. You could build raised beds around the outer edge of your yard or in some other way that uses the space to the best advantage.
With raised beds, you also avoid compressing the soil when you walk through. You need to leave enough space between the beds to be able to access them all for maintenance and harvesting, but you won’t need to walk in the bed itself.
This can make a big difference in keeping the soil from becoming too compressed, as well as keeping it from eroding around the roots of your plants.