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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