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Discover The Advantages Of Raised Bed Gardening

Date: 17.05.29 News

Raised beds are an easy way to get into gardening!Whether you purchase a kit or build your own, raised bed gardening is more comfortable and a lot easier because there is a lot less bending and kneeling. It’s also been proven that raised beds have greater productivity, producing a higher yield for the area due to better drainage and deep rooting. This allows for a longer growing season since you can work the soil more quickly earlier in the spring. Raised beds are ideal for smaller spaces or land with rocky, poor, or infertile soil if you use the right growth mix.

MATERIALS FOR RAISED GARDEN BEDS

Regular pressure-treated lumber has a mixture of chemicals applied to prevent the moist soil and weather from rotting it. Although pressure-treated wood is certified as safe for organic growing, some people have reservations about it, and there are various eco-friendly alternatives. More expensive woods, such as cedar, contain natural oils which prevent rotting and make them much more durable. They are more expensive to buy, but they will last many more years. Choosing thicker boards can make the wood last longer. For example, 2-inch-thick locally sourced larch should last 10 years, even without treatment.



RAISED GARDEN BED PLANS AND DESIGNS

• Consider a location that’s level and has a good amount of sunlight.
• In terms of bed size, 4 feet is a common width. Lumber is often cut in 4-foot sizes, and you also want to be able to access the garden without stepping into the bed.
• Length isn’t as important. Plots are often 4 feet wide by 8 feet long or 4 feet wide by 12 feet long.
• The depth of the bed can vary. Six inches is a minimum. Plants need at least a 6 to 12-inch rooting zone, so 12 inches is ideal.
• Before you establish the bed, break up and loosen the soil with a garden fork so it’s not compacted. Go about 6 to 8 inches deep. For improved rooting, some gardeners like to remove the top layer (about a spade’s depth), dig down another layer, and then return the top layer and mix the soil layers together.



SOIL FOR RAISED GARDEN BEDS

Fill the beds with a mix of topsoil, compost, and other organic material, such as manure, to give your plants a nutrient-rich environment. Note that soil in a raised bed will dry out more quickly. During spring and fall, this is fine, but during the summer, add the straw, mulch, or hay on top of the soil to slow moisture loss. Frequent watering will be critical with raised beds, especially in the early stages of plant growth. Otherwise, raised beds to need little maintenance.

PLANTS FOR RAISED GARDEN BEDS

Almost any crop can be grown in a raised bed. Vegetables are most common, but fruit and even shrubs and trees can be planted, too. Remember that some plants will hang over the edge, so try to think about where you are planting what.

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