What Is Raised Bed Gardening?

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What Is Raised Bed Gardening?

Raised bed gardens are gardens made for smaller space and easy growth.  They are great for smaller homes and for those who want to maximize their space for growing.

Raised bed gardens are gardens where the soil is usually formed in 3 – 4 foot wide beds, which can be of any length or shape. The soil is raised above the surrounding soil (approximately 6 inches to waist-high), is sometimes enclosed by a frame generally made of wood, rock, or concrete blocks, and may be enriched with compost.

These gardens can be square foot gardens, container gardens or even just a mound garden.  Whatever you choose for it to be there are a few things that make a raised garden a good choice.

  • Raised beds warm more quickly in spring, allowing you to work the soil and plant earlier.  This is because of the air that can get around the planter that would not happen in a traditional garden.
  • The soil in raised beds doesn’t get compacted, because they are constructed with accessibility in mind.
  • Raised beds drain better.  The loose soil helps them drain the water they don’t need.
  • Because the gardens are smaller, it’s easy to tailor the soil for your raised bed to the plants you plan to grow there.
  • After the initial construction process, raised beds require less maintenance than conventional garden beds.
  • Because the plants are planted close together, there is less weeding and maintenance
  • Raised bed gardens make unpalantable soil or material plantable.  This is especially good in areas with clay soil.

What benefits do you see to having a raised bed garden?  Where would you make yours?

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  1. I just started raised beds last year and they made a huge difference! I’ve posted my link below to my garden, it has become amazing and I can’t wait until this spring to start!

    http://learningtospendlessandsavemore.blogspot.com/2012/08/gardening-canning-oh-my.html

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