If you are suffering from poor soil in your yard and still wish to grow vegetables you are in luck. Raised bed vegetable gardening is a very effective method for growing healthy vegetables without using any natural soil from your yard. The basic idea of a raised bed garden is to escape harsh weather conditions, battle against poor soil and build above ground where you have complete control over everything. This includes the location of the garden, which soil you use and ease of care.
You can build your raised bed garden out of wood, cinder blocks, bricks or even fiberglass. Raised bed gardening has become very popular among elderly and young people alike. Below are a few more advantages to building a raised bed garden.
When you build a raised bed it will warm up in the spring much sooner than if you were to plant in the ground. This will allow you to plant your vegetables much sooner and get more use out of the spring season. They also drain much better than anything else. This will allow your plants to take the water they need and not be suffocated by trapped water. One great tip to help with drainage is to place a layer of rocks below the soil.
After the initial cost and time investment, they require less maintenance. If you are careful in your planning and placement of your raised bed then overall maintenance is slim to none. Be sure to choose a place that you can work in without hassle. You want to be as comfortable as possible so you continue to keep an eye on your vegetables to ensure they are growing properly. Place your raised bed close to a water source so you do not have to carry large buckets of water or drag a hose across your yard.
The best advantage is the ability to keep pets and other pests away. If you build your container high enough you can avoid the problem of having dogs, cats or any other four legged animals running through your vegetables. You will also notice other insects much sooner in a raised bed. By avoiding pets and other insects you can ensure your vegetables grow quickly and are healthy.
Raised bed vegetable gardening is a great hobby for any plant enthusiast. It just takes proper planning to make sure the process is a success.
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The Watch Us Grow Team