Posted: 27/12/2013 at 13:22
Raised beds have disadvantages too Weyplotter. Crops can dry out very quickly, for example.
Your fellow gardeners haven't raised beds, maybe, for a good reason.
I would concentrate on growing your crops by enriching your soil, rotating your crops and understanding your soil, crop requirements and local conditions.
Raised beds can be very good ESP in areas prone to waterlogging or where soil is very heavy but they aren't a solution to everything. as you said, "learn" how to grow your crops first.