Raised Garden Beds Vs. Planting Directly in Soil
There are multiple benefits to either method. A raised garden bed requires assembly and a lot of soil to fill but depending on the land, it typically is less labor-intensive than trying to improve compacted, clay-filled soil. It’s also easier to ward off moles and small critters than having vegetables accessible from the ground.
Planting directly into the ground improves your soil which benefits future plants and can also help retain more rainwater and prevent flooding. Another major benefit is that it requires less frequent watering. A raised garden bed can dry out completely over the course of a week or so, causing the plants to wilt and their roots to die off, but when planting in the ground, the roots of your crops will seek water deeper in the ground, creating bigger plants and bigger yields.