Raised garden beds are a great option for many gardeners. What are some of the advantages of raised bed gardening?
First of all, it’s a great way to create a good garden for your vegetables or flowers. With a raised bed, you can create a soil environment that works for your crops. You aren’t saddled with the drainage problems or soil that has too much sand or clay. In fact, for one type of raised bed gardening, the square foot gardening technique, the preferred approach is to eliminate soil problems completely by using a soilless mix of perlite, peat, and vermiculite.
Also since the bed is raised you won’t be walking around on it, and you can use intensive gardening techniques that basically eliminate the aisle and grow the crops closer together, resulting in higher crop yields. This requires less water, fertilizer, and weeding. Exactly what you would want in a garden.
But, it’s not only good for the garden, but it’s good for the gardener. The fact that the bed is raised makes it easier to get to. You don’t need to do as much bending as with a traditional garden. If this is a major issue for you, you may even consider buying an elevated bed. These beds can be as high as waist high, so you can garden from a chair or a stool if back problems are a real issue for you. These beds usually have a storage shelf, so you can do all your gardening all in one spot. Situate it on a patio or even a balcony, and you can extend the number of years that you can experience the joy of gardening.
Raised bed garden kits come in a variety of styles and construction. For a wooden raised bed the favorite is cedar. Cedar beds will last for years, and the look of cedar can’t be topped. For a less expensive option, consider a recycled plastic kit. These plastic or vinyl kits come in ha ost of colors, so they can fit in any yard.
Raised bed gardening is one idea that’s good for the garden and good for the gardener.