vegetable patch design
Merits of raised vegetable beds
Unless you have very sandy soil the best way to grow vegetables is in beds with raised borders, usually called raised beds.

Illustration of watering vegetable bed
Water tends to run off vegetable beds when they don't have borders.

Illustration of watering raised vegetable bed
Raised vegetable beds allow much more water to soak into the actual bed.

There are three main advantages to raised beds.

1. Removes the sloping sides that develop in standard vegetable beds, thus  limiting the amount of water run off and therefore waste.

2. Provides good drainage during those sodden Winter months.

3. Raised beds warm up a little more quickly then vegetable beds at ground level, which encourages seed germination and seedling growth in early Spring and aids heat loving plants like capsicum and eggplant in Summer.