For the novice or beginner gardener the advantages of growing vegetables in raised garden beds might not be clear. There are multiple benefits of using raised garden beds for growing all your herbs and vegetables. Here we examine a list of advantages of raised garden beds.
Weed Control – The archenemy of the gardener is the weed, they are time consuming to remove and can wear a back out in no time at all. Raised garden beds help minimize these pesky garden sapping annoyances. If you start out with weed free soil you can dramatically cut down on worrying about hours spent weeding instead of growing those prize winning veggies. Also because the raised garden bed is set on top of existing topsoil you can set weed barriers between existing soil and your new loam or potting soil to keep them from creeping in.
Pest Control – With the soil and plants raised up off the ground it can also be a great way to limit the exposure to slugs and snails. If you are plagued by gophers you can also put down some chicken wire by the weed barrier which will prevent pests from tunneling in under your hard work.
Selective Soil – When you are starting from scratch you can build your soil right. Using the best loam or potting soil you can launch your backyard garden with the best of everything. Soil is critical in the game plan for your gardening success. Loam is a balance of soil types with the benefit of sandy soil drainage but the advantages of nutrient rich clay soils. Raised Garden Beds also help keep your designer soil in your garden during heavy rains, instead of it eroding and washing away.
Controlled Drainage – Since you are creating a garden in an enclosed space you can also customize the bottom of the structure to allow varied levels of drainage to compliment the type of vegetables you are growing. Keeping moisture around just a bit long from some is beneficial, while other types of fruit like watermelon enjoy a sandy soil that drains quickly.
Extended Growing Season – For plants and vegetables to thrive soil needs to warm up to a certain point. Since the soil in the raised garden bed is getting heated from the sides it warms quicker than soil that’s just surrounded on all sides by more soil. A raised garden bed is a great way to get your plants out of the cooler winter ground and get a head start on the growing year.
More Ergonomic – Most people aren’t thrilled with the thought of a day hunched over with their back crying out for relief as you tend you garden and further your green thumb. Raised garden beds are a more ergonomic way of gardening as the plants are higher up and easier to reach. In fact if the proper steps are taken and the right materials and fasteners are used during construction gardeners are able to sit on the sides of these beds and comfortably tend their soil and plants.
Ability to Relocate – Despite if it’s across the yard or across town you can move these raised garden beds. With standard gardening your plants are in the ground and you just have to leave it all behind and start over at the next place.
Higher Yields – You’re starting your garden earlier, pests are held at bay with a raised barrier, you’ve got betters soil, you’ve got better drainage. This is the perfect storm to get better yields from your garden. If you put in the effort doing it right, tending your plants and soil, the ground will give back and reward you. In contrast to standard gardening methods a raised garden bed also requires less seeds, which is more cost effective.
Gorgeous Gardens – It’s simply more aesthetically pleasing when you use raised garden beds. Things just look like they have a place and are living happily within your organized system of backyard order.
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