This year I've been seeing examples of raised beds
all over Chicago that make me wish I would have created raised beds
when I started my garden. Instead of digging through hard clay to try
to create a hospitable area for plants I could have built a few raised
beds and saved myself some back breaking digging. While you usually see
raised beds in vegetable gardens that can be used to grow ornamental
In the photo above from Rick Bayless' urban edible garden the raised bed is located on the right along the wall covered in ivy.
Usually raised beds are created from wood but a neighbor of mine has a border around her garden of raised beds created from cinder blocks that were painted red.
Here's a video that demonstrates just how easy it is to build raised beds in your garden.