Here are a few easy tips for building a raised vegetable garden at home!
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After mastering gardening in the traditional flat site, it may be time for you to move up to building a raised garden.
The advantages of using raised beds include allowing no-digging gardening methods, giving block planting preference over rows, and to making crop rotation simpler.
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Many gardeners find this type of gardens to be easier to manage than the conventional backyard in-ground method .
Over time as the beds are built up as materials are added, the soil texture becomes much improved.
When building a raised garden, if the paths are cleared regularly, the scrapings placed on top of the beds soon help build up more height.
Other benefits of raised beds are better microclimates and the higher working level saves your back from constantly bending over.
Building a raised bed is one of the best ways of managing the soil.
Using this technique the gardener has an increased surface area, which promotes aeration and warms the soil very rapidly in the springtime.
Cold air rolls off the beds, keeping the top slightly more frost-free.
Crops also winter better as becoming waterlogged is highly unlikely when building a raised vegetable garden.
Align raised beds north to south to maximize sunshine and prevent excessive shading.
The south-facing drier, hotter end of the raised bed will always crop ahead of the cooler, moister, north-facing side.
In addition, the sides will be cool and more protected compared to the warmer upside of the raised bed.
The two ends of a raised bed are ideally suited for growing companion border plants.
You use the area to put Mediterranean herbs at the hot south end and the moisture-cravings crops on the shadier north slant.
This leaves the bulk of the bed for the main plantings.
Planting within each single bed can still be in rows, but for most gardeners, block planting proves to be more successful.
Building a raised bed will save you work compared to row planting.
Since the paths of a raised bed are not walked on, the soil does not become compacted which saves you from needing to dig.
Oh, what a relief that is!
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