Regardless of their popularity, metal raised garden beds still have both advantages and disadvantages. There are many advantages to building metal raised garden beds. These advantages include:
·Easy maintenance and long service life.
· Higher yield per square foot.
· Inhibit weed growth.
· Free choice of plant species, such as vegetables and some flowers or herbs.
· Raise soil levels so that they do not suffer from waterlogging.
· Good drainage provides better soil conditions for crops.
· It provides gardeners who lack soil with little soil contamination or soil unsuitable for growing vegetables.
Reduce soil compaction
· Garden beds allow early planting
Building recaps allow gardeners to cover their beds with hoops to prevent frost and prolong the season.
Allow gardeners to use different planting methods, such as square foot gardening.
These advantages are why more beginner and long-term gardeners are trying to build and plant in their metal raised garden beds rather than traditional gardening methods. While garden beds have many advantages, they also have some disadvantages. Aside from the advantages, you may face some challenges when building a metal raised garden bed. Some of them are:
· The cost of building materials is factored into the time required for construction and maintenance.
Poor material selection can lead to material waste, especially when using untreated wood. If you think about wood, be sure to choose words that resist rot and avoid timely replacement due to infestations and rot.
Certain types of crops cannot be grown on raised beds
Despite the drawbacks, using a metal raised garden bed still offers gardeners more benefits, which is why many people try this method.
Ideal Sizes for Metal Raised Garden Beds:
1. Width. The ideal measurement for width is about four feet. This is enough to reach the center of the bed from all sides.
2. Length, just make sure to support the sides every three to four feet, any length will fit your metal raised garden bed. The support will resist outward pressure from the soil and prevent runoff. You can drive the two stakes on either side or the ends of the wood to the other side for support.
3. Height, keep in mind that shorter garden beds may require less work to build and fill. However, this will require double digging to prepare the soil under the garden bed. Use a taller garden bed, which will require less digging and less bending. However, this will require more soil and building materials. A common metal raised garden bed is about 11 inches tall and has about two 2x6 foot piles of wood.
4. Depth. The roots of young herbs can grow to about 6 to 8 inches, but most vegetables can be deeper. Make sure to think about the plants you are going to plant before building your bed so that there is enough room for the roots. When digging, use coconut husks or peat moss to add a soil conditioner to the top 10 inches of soil under the bed. This blend of organic materials will help retain moisture in the sand and improve the drainage of the clay.
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