Raised Garden Beds

Taking gardening to a new level

Raised bed gardening is changing the tradition of gardening and making it accessible even to apartment dwellers. It even offers benefits that flat gardening can't. With a raised garden bed, you can grow plants in your backyard regardless of whether your soil is fertile or hard. You pick the height at which your plants grow, giving your aching back and knees a rest. Raised flower beds also keep you from having to trample on your plot when maintaining it. You don't need to waste space in order to leave yourself "stepping room" – you can use all of your space for more vegetables and flowers.

All in all, raised garden beds are an excellent way for anyone to become a green thumb.

Planning and Building Raised Garden Beds

Once you decide to create a raised garden, you can either build it yourself or purchase one of many kits available in stores and on the Internet. If you choose to purchase a kit, all you need to do is scout a location in your yard or on your patio and follow the directions included.

If you've decided to build your own raised garden beds, you'll first need to figure out the space you have available to you. Sketch your backyard or patio and decide try out different landscape designs. Would you like to make one bed or several? Where should they go?

Beds can be made out of all sorts of materials, from hardware lumber to bricks. Creating a raised garden bed can be as simple as placing a cedar wood box on top of several stacks of cinder blocks.

What to Plant in Your Raised Garden

You can plant anything in a raised garden that you can plant in a flat garden, and more of it. You get to decide if you'd prefer to build a raised bed vegetable garden or a raised bed flower garden, or perhaps a few raised gardens of each. Your possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Maintaining Your Raised Gardening Beds

Maintaining a raised garden bed is similar to maintaining a flat garden bed. Remember that even elevated, your garden is still susceptible to pests, so be sure to use mulch. Consider protecting the bottom of your bed with chicken wire and the tops with bird netting to keep your vegetables safe.

Also, look into composting. Compost is rich in nutrients that will keep your plants and veggies vibrant and healthy and is easy to create in your own backyard.

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