Raised beds allow you to control the health of the soil in which you grow your plants. A raised garden bed is a simple mound or one that is above the surrounding grade. The goal is to create a deep, wide growing area that encourages plant roots to grow down and out.
Raised beds can place plants at eye level for better viewing of pest problems. When the bed is contained within a structure, you are better able to really get in there and work on your bed without compromising the overall shape.
I also prefer not having to bend over to maintain the bed. Just adding a little convenience makes it easier to work in the garden, even on those days when I might want to relax with a cold drink. Trust me; I have days like this too.
Do you live in an area with hard-packed dirt, heavy clay (like my red Atlanta clay), fine-grained sand, or is your home surrounded by concrete? Maybe, you've done a soil test and found lead or some other contaminant in your native soil?
Elevating garden surfaces will raise your plants above problem soil and prevent plant roots from being exposed to these contaminants. By using a loft bed, there really are no surface issues that will prevent you from gardening.
When your soil bed is higher than the surrounding terrain, you can control its health and drainage. So, no matter how bad the ground you start with, anyone anywhere can grow a productive raised bed garden.
Frankly, I also love the look of the loft bed. I have found their aesthetic value to be a great benefit to my property. Given these options, I can't imagine gardening without a raised bed.
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