The first two raised beds in my backyard were built to organize a blocky underground vegetable patch. Since then, I've discovered the many benefits of raised garden beds, from the accessibility and opportunity of a variety of materials and customization, to the advantages of planting and harvesting.
A three-year study at the Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio, found that raised beds nearly doubled the yield per square foot compared to traditional vegetable gardens.
Raised beds allow you to plant more closely together, you can start your growing season sooner when the soil warms up in the spring, and the soil remains loose and brittle because it won’t be swept away by stepping into the garden. compaction. What's the best part? You can place one anywhere and get 8 to 10 hours of the necessary sunlight per day. You don't even need a piece of land. Let's take a closer look at some of the benefits of raised garden beds.
Raised bed gardens allow you to grow anywhere, as long as the area you choose gets at least 8 to 10 hours of sunlight per day. You need sunlight for people who like heat, such as tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, peppers, etc.
This was actually part of the tagline for my first book, The Raised Bed Revolution: Build It! filling! Plant it...a garden anywhere! You can place a raised bed on your driveway or patio and place it over asphalt or flagstone. If you have hard soil or clay, or an area with too many roots to dig in, you can place a raised bed on top and fill it with your own special soil mix. If you have drainage problems, you can add gravel to that space and install a raised bed on top. Put the raised bed on wheels for easy movement. If you're concerned about weight, you can use lightweight fabric containers made from post-consumer recycled materials. If space is limited, you can build a vertical loft bed.
From easy-to-assemble kits and prefab options for those who need help with construction, to a plethora of woodworking plans for those with power tools, there are plenty of possibilities.
You control the soil in the raised bed
Another benefit of raised garden beds is that you can control all the organic matter you put in them. In a raised bed, the soil remains loose and brittle as you reach into the bed for weeding, planting, and harvesting, rather than walking through it or stepping in to do something that compresses the soil.
Of course, you can modify your subterranean garden soil over time. However, if you want to plant right away, a raised bed is a worthy option. Here are some suggestions for the best soil for raised garden beds.
I get a lot of questions about what to do with the soil on my raised bed at the end of the season. The soil remains in my raised bed, but it needs to be replenished after the season to support all plant growth. You'll also find that soil levels drop throughout the season after a few heavy rains, and when you pull out used plants. I will repair all my raised beds with compost in the fall and/or spring, depending on what I'm planting.
Tailor-made loft bed design for ease of use in limited spaces and gardens
A loft bed can be absolutely any size or shape. If we're talking about standard rectangular loft beds, plan to build them 6 to 8 feet long, 3 to 4 feet wide, and at least 10 to 12 inches tall. If you can't bend or kneel, you can raise them to thigh or waist level.
This brings up another point. When you're building multiple raised beds for an area, space them out so you have room to walk between each bed, you can easily bend over to the garden, and you can push a wheelbarrow with a pile of compost as needed pass.
My friends at Bufco, a company that makes loft bed kits, as well as other gardening services, provide wheelchair accessible loft beds for people who need mobility assistance. I love the custom aspect of a loft bed, it opens up the joys of gardening to more people.
Choose your own material
Building a new loft bed means you can choose whatever material you want to use. All my loft beds are built from untreated cedar, but I also upgraded a washbasin and an antique table to make a loft bed, added galvanized metal on the other side, and love that I can make it easier Move to different parts of the fabric selection if I need to. You can also buy fine nails. Or paint the outside of the wood to add color to the garden.
Soil heats up faster in raised beds
Soil in raised beds warms up faster in spring. This means you can sow the seeds of cool-weather vegetables like peas, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, carrots, and other root vegetables faster. Before the heat lover, I usually planted some crops on the go, such as peppers, melons, cucumbers, and tomatoes later in the spring, after the threat of frost had passed.
Add anti-insect, anti-freeze and other accessories.
If unexpected weather is forecast, turn your raised bed into a mini loop tunnel. I use Pex tubing for hoops and conduit clips to secure them to one of my raised beds. Niki uses PVC conduit and rebar piles in her plumbing. These allow you to add floating row covers in case of sudden spring frosts.
Include a spreader and limit weeds
For plants that like to occupy the garden, a small raised bed can help accommodate them. Mint is a great example of a plant that needs control. You wouldn't fill a four-by-eight loft bed with it. However, you can limit its spread by using a smaller raised bed.
With raised beds, you can plant vegetables closer together. You can also interplant with greens or flowers that attract beneficial insects, such as centella. This helps limit the space in your home for weeds to grow. Adding a layer of mulch can also help control weeds.
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