The Benefits Of Raised Bed Gardens

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The advantages of a raised bed or no-dig vegetable garden are numerous.

The raised bed garden provides soil that is less compacted and less susceptible to compacting as time goes on because you don't walk on it.

It drains more easily and provides more control over your moisture levels.

Your gardens will look nicely organized, and depending on what material you use, will actually compliment your landscaping.

Raised bed gardens are great for people who suffer from less than optimal quality growing soil in their yards as more optimum quality soil can be added right on top of the original.

The soil in your garden will warm up faster in the spring in a raised bed garden as it's not fighting ground frost as hard as a regular garden.

Raised bed gardens are easier to work on throughout the growing season as the height brings everything just a little closer to you.

Raised bed gardens can be converted easily to a cold frame in the spring and opened up to a normal garden in the growing season.

Raised bed gardening is easily adapted to and compliments square foot gardening.Raised Bed / No Dig - Square Foot Garden

With a little planning, raised beds are virtually weed free due to the shading out of weeds before they can germinate, eliminating one of the more tedious chores of gardening.

Raised garden beds are the fastest way to get rich organic soil for growing a good sized vegetable garden. The garden composts materials while feeding your plants.

Raised garden beds are often called no-till or no-dig gardens for good reason – so you can put that shovel away and let nature perform the cultivation process with microbes, worms and insects.

A raised bed garden can be constructed on just about any surface. Your results will be much improved if you construct yours over soil that has been at least lightly turned over before you add your growing soil.

Building a raised bed garden shouldn't take more than an hour or two once you have the materials bought and ready to go. Use bolts and nuts instead of nails as well as a little outdoor glue for extra strength and longevity. The wood should last between ten and twenty years and is easy to restore when the time comes.