Many people love to garden but whether due to an injury or just the passage of time find it difficult and painful to get down to the ground to enjoy their pastime. If you have ever had back or knee problems, you know exactly what I am talking about. When I came across the Gronomics REGB 24-48 24-Inch by 48-Inch by 30-Inch Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, I saw a possible solution. So read on to see if the REGB 24-48 will allow you to experience the gardening pleasure you seek without the pain that made you give it up in the first place.
The Gronomics REGB 24-48 is a 24 inch by 48 inch raised bed planter that stands 30 inches tall. It allows easy access to tend your plants without the kneeling and bending required to garden in the ground. Getting your garden up off the ground also protects it from many common insect pests and some non-insect pests like rabbits.
Built of rough sawn western cedar, it will add to the decor of your yard and be very utilitarian at the same time. With the REGB, you can have decorative plants or vegetable plants wherever in your yard you would like. You can place your garden wherever the sunlight is best for what you are growing without having to be concerned with the quality or type of soil available. You can even grow plants that would never thrive (or maybe even survive) in the native soil of the area where you live.
The REGB is also perfect for use as a deck or patio planter. Its wood construction will allow it to blend in with the decor on most decks or patios and give you a place to grow those decorative plants you have been looking at. The only thing I would like to warn you about is the fact that since it is wood, water will leak through the bottom so be sure to place it somewhere where that won’t cause any damage.
Features and Benefits
- Tool-less assembly means you will be able to have your bed ready for planting quickly and without digging out the tool box.
- The REGB is made by American craftsmen so you know the quality will meet your requirements.
- It is constructed of rough sawn western cedar for excellent durability and long lasting beauty.
The Gronomics REGB 24-48 is very popular among those who reviewed it. 81 % gave it a perfect five star rating and 92% rated it at least four stars. It is praised as easy to assemble and is considered the perfect size by many reviewers.
The complaints centered on the “rustic” finish that some thought was a bit rough and splintery. If that isn’t what you want, you would be better off with a finished version.
The most praise was for the ease of assembly. Many said they had it together in five minutes and I didn’t find anyone claiming to take longer than ten minutes. The parts come pre-cut and slide together easily. It was mentioned that it is hard to move assembled so it is a good idea to assemble it at the site where you want it located.
They also said that the REGB 24-48 was a near perfect size. By practicing square foot gardening methods, you can grow an amazing amount of a wide variety of vegetables in this eight square foot (nominal) bed. Square foot gardening was pioneered by Mel Bartholomew and is an excellent way to get the maximum benefits possible from your elevated bed.
Many people with physical issues wrote glowing praise. They were able to assemble it themselves and the height of its elevation made gardening a pleasure again. They were able to continue enjoying their hobby when, without it, they would have had to endure pain if they could garden at all.
The most often mentioned complaint was that the rough cut of the pieces were not what they expected. The pieces are truly rough sawn lumber which is what gives the bed its rustic look. However, with rough sawn lumber, it is possible or even likely to get splinters if you are not careful handling it. Enough people mentioned the ease of construction without mentioning splintering to make me think a lot of the splintering complaints were from people who didn’t know what to expect when ordering rough sawn material. If this is something you would rather not deal with, Gronomics offers the same bed in a finished version that will be nice and smooth.
Another complaint that came up several times is the receipt of broken parts, missing parts, or the wrong instructions. This gives me the message that Gronomics really needs to look at their quality control policies and possibly their packaging. This information would usually be a deal breaker for me but then I read about how Gronomics took care of their customers. Broken or missing pieces had replacements shipped without question or hassle. The company did everything they could to make the customer whole. When a company runs into quality issues, how they react to it tells me everything I need to know. If they take responsibility and make their customers whole, I don’t hold it against them. All companies run into quality problems sooner or later. I am happy as long as they don’t start making excuses and trying to pass the buck.
If your mobility is limited in such a way that playing in the dirt in your garden is either no longer possible or too painful to be worth it, I think an elevated bed is just what the doctor ordered. After reading all the reviews I could find, I feel it is safe to say that when it comes to elevated beds, the Gronomics REGB 24-48 24-Inch by 48-Inch by 30-Inch Rustic Elevated Garden Bed is definitely a top choice. With the promises of solid western cedar construction, made in America, and 81% five star reviews, this is an elevated garden bed that will meet your needs now and for a long time to come.