One of the advantages of gardening in raised beds is that you get more control over soil and root depth. Plants absorb nutrients through their roots and some root systems for commonly planted vegetables (tomato, eggplant) can extend as deep as 2 feet. You can improve your garden and the food it produces by ensuring you have high quality soil deep enough for the veggies you’re planting.
Here’s a guide to some of the more commonly planted veggies and their recommended root depth. At Backyard Boxes, we make different height boxes so you can ensure you’re giving your veggies plenty of room to grow.
Deep Root Vegetables
These plants like to grow their roots deep (18” – 24”) often to support tall above ground structures and heavy fruit. If you’re planning on growing these, we recommend doing so in our Tall (23”) Raised Garden Boxes.
Medium Root Vegetables
Shallow Root Vegetables
These plants do not require particularly deep roots to be successful. Our Elevated Boxes and 9″ tall boxes can be a great option for growing these.