Lets talk for a moment about the advantages of raised beds, which may I add, are numerous. After we have created and constructed a raised bed frame, we will be feeling pretty chuffed and and happy with a job well done. To be honest this is only the beginning, as we now begin a journey of self-discovery and self-fullfilment in the horticultural world. This is a step-up from the conventional traditional style of gardening as we knew it, to a more advanced, scientific method of over-ground gardening. This new found gardening hobby or pastime is now a lot more like a labour of love, rather than the chore it used to be and thus it becomes much more enjoyable.
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Advantages of Raised Beds;
- Extended growing period,
- Less maintenance and less weeding,
- Higher yields return,
- Build once – lasts for years,
- Good drainage and ideal soil aeration,
- More order to our garden,
- Different bed sizes.
I could also add ; Plants are much happier in this envoirnment, we have better pest control, we can assemble the bed shape, size, and design to our own liking, locate the beds where we desire, the beds are accesible to wheelchair users if needs be and we can easily create and construct a cover for these raised beds.
Disadvantages of Raised Beds;
None that I can think of at the moment except we may need to do a little extra watering during a dry period/spell. However this task can be easily off-set by erecting and installing a sprinkler or watering system.
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This is something that we must try, I have a lot more to say that could be added to the advantages list, but we would be here all day going over them. Once we get organised and have the first raised bed in place, we are on our way. Again I must repeat that whatever we decide to plant in our raised beds, be it vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs etc, the type of soil-mixture ratio is of utmost importance. Our local friendly garden centre will advise us accordingly. We don’t need a degree or a masters to make raised bed gardening a success. After all a raised bed frame is just a large planting box, however, we will be awesomely surprised by how easy it is to achieve progress with this method. This success will motivate us to become more engaged in this new found system of above ground gardening. We can push the boundaries here and the sky is the limit, in so far as, how far we we want to go with these raised garden beds.
Happy gardening to all…..
” The garden suggests there might be a place
where we can meet nature halfway.
— Michael Pollan “