Growing fruit and vegetables at home has become hugely popular over recent years, with people trying their hands at everything from a few small herb pots on the window sill to full-size allotment plots stuffed with delicious produce. There are plenty of benefits to growing your own food; it’s healthier, tastier and better for the environment - but it can also be time consuming and tricky to get right, which is why using raised vegetable beds could be the answer to all your gardening woes. Soil quality A strong plant needs a strong foundation, and this comes straight from the soil you plant it in; garden soil is notoriously difficult to grow in, and is often full of clay and stones and lacks nourishment. One option is to use a rotavator to dig plenty of compost and soil improver through, but this can be a pretty costly exercise. A far easier alternative is to add some raised beds to your garden - as they sit on top of the existing soil, you can simply fill them with compost and nutrient-rich fertilisers, and then plant away. Ease of access Raised vegetable beds are placed on top of the existing soil or land, which makes them considerably higher than the rest of the garden - this can be especially beneficial to people who suffer from mobility issues such as arthritis and chronic back pain, as it means less bending over. Large wooden planters are also a good option for gardeners with disabilities; these are essentially raised beds with legs, which makes them ideal for individuals who may have trouble with excessive movement. Increased drainage Drainage is one of the most common problems in gardening. Excessively clay-based soils can make it impossible for water to escape, leaving the roots of your plants and seedlings constantly waterlogged. Raised beds eliminate this problem, as they allow you to maximise soil quality and improve drainage. Mixing in a layer of horticultural grit to the bottom before adding the compost is another great way to make sure the roots of your plants have access to the air they need.