Benefits Of Gardening In Raised Beds
Gardeners across the country are starting to get their hands dirty! Gardens come in all sorts of packages -- vertical, container, victory -- and they all have special purposes. One of the more traditional ways to garden is in a raised garden bed. Though raised garden beds look nice, there are practical reasons gardeners choose raised garden beds. Here are 7 reasons to plant your garden in raised beds.
There are many ways you can create a raised bed, and some of those options can help you prevent damage from certain pests. For example, if you use chicken wire for your borders, you can keep out rodents. They love to gnaw on roots, and chicken wire blocks rodents like gophers and chipmunks from burrowing underground and destroying your garden.
In mid-size or big cities, just about all of the gardens are planted in raised beds. It makes it easier to control what goes in the soil as well as prevent pollutants from seeping in from the ground. While having healthy soil is important, by taking control of the soil, you have the luxury of choosing which plants and flowers can go in your garden rather than being limited to the type of soil that's already in your garden.
Raised bed gardens help you stop weeds before they take root. With raised beds, you put in your own soil and if it's store-bought soil, there are no weeds that typically contaminate the soil in your yard. It gives you back all the time and energy you might otherwise use to get on your knees to weed.
Raised beds make it very easy to control drainage in your garden. You can add rocks or sand to help speed up or slow drainage, depending on the plants and flowers you choose to sow and the climate you live in.
Late To Bed, Early To Rise
Raised beds are not directly in the ground; that shields them from the cold and it means you can plant a bit earlier than a ground bed and the growing season extends a little longer in the fall.
Charm Within Reach
Raised beds allow you to design a garden so you can navigate it easily. You can plan your beds so you have enough space to rest your garden tools without the danger of compacting your soil as well as be able to water your plants with control. If you can walk around your plants with minimal destruction as well as water adequately and evenly.
Easy On The Earth
Roots need loosely packed soil so they can breathe and take in nutrients. Walking in garden beds compacts the soil making it difficult for roots to thrive. Putting up walls around your garden to make a raised bed deters people from stepping on your soil and around your plants. The walls also prevent erosion and keep your nutrient-rich soil intact.