Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening


Raised bed vegetable gardening is a smart way to provide yourself and your family with nutrition because they are low maintenance and practical. The raised bed structure is different than planters, as they are built directly on the ground.

Garden planters have bottoms, preventing the soil from falling out when raised up off the ground. This makes raised beds easier to construct and allows the roots of whatever planted in them to go deeper into the ground.

So, technically, if you were to make a tiered raised bed (like bleachers) you’d be creating a raised bed/planter. But let’s not get that technical.

Raised beds simply raise the level of the soil to make gardening easier. Older gardeners and people with back injuries or back problems benefit greatly from these … and gardening itself should be as enjoyable as eating the results!

There are many other benefits to raised bed vegetable gardening, of course, such as providing better drainage, helping to keep weeds at bay and making it harder for certain pests (slugs, snails, etc) to get to your lovely green veggies. Erosion is less of a problem and having raised sides can warm the soil better allowing earlier planting in some regions of the country.

Also, if you construct your raised beds strong enough, you can comfortably rest on the side and weed, prune, plant and harvest sitting down. Not constantly walking through your garden reduces the soil compaction, meaning the soil better retains its ability to aerate the plants. And, the plants can be placed closer to one another because you don’t have to allow for traffic routes.

In fact, studies say raised bed gardens can produce nearly twice the produce per square foot as their flatland cousins! And they can be made out of so many materials. Most gardeners’ advice is to purchase new, pressure treated boards (2x6s, 2x8s, 2x10s, etc) as these tend to last nearly forever. But, some professionals say these boards can leach chemicals into your soil, so if you plan on using these, cover the inside surface with plastic before putting the dirt in.

Cinder blocks, rocks, railroad ties, slate and just about any kind of lumbercan make a beautiful box, though, and these materials can be found sometimes for free. I’ve seen a large raised garden made entirely of dozens of old, discarded bathtubs!

If you’re the creative type, search Google Images or Bing Images for unusual raised gardens and prepare to be entertained and enlightened! Search used building materials your town (ie. used building materials dallas tx) using the Bing Custom Search Box right -> and go spend the day at one of these warehouses or salvage yards just planning and dreaming.

You’ll love having a raised bed vegetable garden. Its like going to the grocery store without your wallet!

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