Herbs carry the centuries old reputation as part of the savory owing to their unique flavors. They are used as fresh or dried in different kinds of food and drinks. Equal importance is given for herbs in natural medicines because of the healing properties displayed by their flowers, leaves or roots. In reality gardeners grow these herbs more often not because of the medicinal use or the culinary, but because of the beauty they provide to the garden. Most of the herbs are easily grown and does not need much extra attention. The herbs mostly prefer to grow in well-drained soil. This becomes a limiting factor in some of the conventional types of garden. Under such situations one can consider the use of raised garden beds that is highly recommended over the ordinary garden. The elevated garden beds give a better appearance for these herbs as ornamental plants.
Some popular Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, winter savory and lavender comes under woody plants that prefer well drained soil for their maximum growth. Lack of proper drainage leads to standing water that can damage the root system in these herbs. The herbs are happy with heavy soil like the clay soil and with a lot of organic matter added to it. All these conditions are easily accomplished through the use of raised garden bed. The amount of sunlight and warmth are also factors that contribute for the better growth of the plants. The herbs are a group of plants which show a natural disease resistance character due to the presence of the essential oils in them. But in the gardens they are at times attacked by pests as they grow in a stressed condition. The crowding together of plants is one such condition that affects the health of the plant.
The raised garden bed is a condition in which a box that is open at the top and bottom is filled with the soil and fixed on the land, which is used to grow plants. This helps to provide a controlled environment for the plants as the gardener is able to maintain the area inside the box easily. As the box is open at the bottom the question of water logging does not arise. The proper drainage system is much useful to maintain the warmth of the soil. This is very much necessary for the growth of herbs.
Some of the herbs are annuals, so they need to be replanted every year. Such tasks are simpler in elevated garden beds as they do not cause much strain to the gardener. Herbs can be grouped based on their nutrient needs and can be planted in separate boxes. This makes it easy for the maintenance of soil conditions required for each one, like the pH and organic matters. The attack from rodents or any other creepers found in the garden soil is prevented in the case of the raised garden bed. The gardener can properly space the herbs and can help in their better growth under ideal conditions.