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The Big Bag Bed Raised Bed Container Garden: Which Size is Right for You?

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and start a raised bed container garden, good for you! Raised garden beds offer numerous benefits over in-ground gardens. They protect your crops from pests like moles and gophers. They’re perfect for areas with hard, rocky soil. And you can set them up just about anywhere — in your yard, driveway, sidewalk, balcony, patio… the options are limitless!

If you’re not exactly wild about the idea of building a wood or concrete raised bed garden from scratch, Big Bag Beds are right up your alley. You can get them filled and planted in about an hour for instant gratification. There’s no backbreaking assembly and no construction permits required. The only question is, which Big Bag Bed is right for your needs? Big Bag Beds come in three convenient sizes. First let’s take a look at the little guy, the Big Bag Bed Mini.

With its compact size, the Big Bag Bed Mini is ideal for cozy areas like balconies, porches, decks and terraces. Remember, because they’re made of fabric, Big Bag Beds allow moisture to drain from the bottom of the container. On wooden surfaces like decking, be sure to place your container garden on a plastic sheet or tray to prevent moisture damage. The Big Bag Bed Mini is 24 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall, delivering 3.1 square feet of growing surface. Its compact size is perfect for growing smaller crops like onions, kale, lettuce, spinach, radish, shallots, arugula and even strawberries.

Clocking in at 50 cubic gallons, the Big Bag Bed Jr. is significantly larger than its miniature counterpart. Its 36″x12″ dimensions deliver greater heft, depth and growing surface — 7.1 square feet, to be exact. The Big Bag Bed Jr. is ideal for level yards, rooftop gardening and plot gardens. Because it’s just 36 inches across, you can easily reach the middle to harvest fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. In addition to being perfectly sized for a raised flower bed, it’s also ideal for growing beans, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, sweet potatoes, beets, chili peppers, Brussels sprouts, peas and collard greens.

And then there’s the granddaddy of them all, the Original Big Bag Bed. They don’t call it “Big” for nothing. At 50 inches in diameter, this is a full-scale raised garden bed with 13.5 square feet of growing space. Capable of holding 100 gallons (half a cubic yard) of prime gardening mix, the Original Big Bag Bed is ideal for growing larger crops. Use it for beef stock tomatoes, squash, corn, melons, eggplants and asparagus. It’s also perfect for cultivating edibles like horse radish, rhubarb, berries, even dwarf fruit trees. Or create a salad garden with cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and lettuce. Like the Junior model, the Original Big Bag Bed is well suited for level yards, rooftop gardens and plot gardens.

So, there you have it. Whether you want to spruce up your driveway with a raised flower bed, grow organic herbs in your balcony container garden, or cultivate organic crops in a raised garden bed, well… there’s a Big Bag Bed just for you! So what are you waiting for? Give the Big Bag Bed a try today — and reap the rewards of growing in the world’s original fabric container garden!