Raised garden beds boost vegetables above potentially waterlogged grounds. Not every gardener deals with a high water table, but there are other good reasons to plant in raised beds: they are easier to keep free of encroaching grass than ground-level beds. The elevated soil warms earlier in spring and drains more quickly after a rain. Thesoil doesn’t become compacted because you don’t step on the growing area. And, raised beds offer easier access for planting, thinning, weeding, and harvest.