Build a Raised Bed Garden

Raised beds are easy to build and a beneficial addition to any garden.

Benefits of Building a Raised Bed:

  • Filled with rich soil and valuable compost, a raised bed offers an ideal planting medium — especially where soil is poor or compacted.
  • Soil drains easily, promoting healthy plants. Soil warms earlier in spring, giving the gardener a head start on planting and a longer, more productive growing season.
  • Made any size and shape, raised beds typically provide a more manageable garden.
  • The bed’s framework gives you a place to kneel, sit, or stand.
  • The deeper the bed, the less you’ll need to bend over to work it.
  • Three-foot deep beds are adaptable to a wheelchair as well as gardening while standing.
  • Turn a problematic slope into terraced gardens as in the front yard-turned vegetable garden that’s shown.
  • Raised beds hold soil and moisture better than sloping ground.
  • Planted intensively, raised beds hold more plants and offer greater yields from edible plants.
  • Raised beds offer an inexpensive option, especially if you recycle materials for bed edges, such as concrete block, or lumber.
  • They provide a way to combat burrowing animals, such as moles.
  • To keep critters out, staple hardware cloth across the bottom of the bed before filling it with soil.
  • Minimize weeding, especially if you line the bottom of the bed with landscape fabric before filling it with soil.
  • Edging prevents grass and weeds from creeping into the garden, meaning less maintenance.
  • Use small raised beds to nurture young plants and get them off to a good start without competition from other plants.
  • Set cold frames over the beds to extend the growing season in fall and spring.

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