To encourage healthy plant growth, especially when growing vegetables or cut flowers, choose a site with plenty of sunlight. Most types of vegetables, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and beans grow best when they have eight to ten hours of light each day.
There are many types of raised beds you can build or buy. A raised bed is just a box filled with garden soil. You can make them from lumber, landscape pavers, bricks, rocks, or logs. You can also buy raised bed kits, like a Vegtrug for an instant garden.
A Vegtrug is a cedar raised bed with a deep v-shaped trough, allowing you to grow deep rooted vegetables and annuals. There are several sizes available including a model 41 inches across and one 72 inches across. A Vegtrug can be placed on a deck or patio, a driveway, or on top of grass.