Raised beds are an essential factor in Florida gardens. Building raised beds allows you to completely control what your soil contains and helps prevent certain pests from attacking your crops. By building the soil from the ground level you can supply your plants with the exact nutrients they require to prosper. Also by retaining the soil with walls, nutrients do not leech into the ground nearly as much as they would without, giving your plants a much healthier growing environment. Out here in the Gardens we have raised our entire production garden and have seen a large increase in production and quality.