Is there a recommended size for raised beds in a vegetable area. The area available is 17ft wide x 54ft long. Neutral soil. I would like to set potatoes (any suggestions?), cabbage, carrots, turnips, parsnips, lettuce, chives, spring onions, herbs etc.
Mark out the dimension on the ground and see what you can comfortably reach.
Potatoes, cabbage and other vegetables that make big plants do not need to be grown in raised beds and are best cultivated in rows on flat ground.
The smaller vegetables do well in raised beds, but make sure to incorporate plenty of organic material to help to hold moisture as raised beds tend to dry out more easily, but then they can be sown into earlier in spring because they do drain.