Lets talk for a moment about the advantages of raised garden beds, which may I add, are numerous. If we have created and constructed a raised bed frame by ourselves, we will be feeling pretty chuffed and and happy with a job well done. Its not difficult to create one of these by ourselves, if we have any maintenance or handyman savvy, it can easily achieved. 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 open ground 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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Raised bed gardens gives a better yield and return than plants grown on cultivated open flat ground. Issues like good soil aeration and root direction contribute to a better growing envoirnment. In raised garden beds, a variety of vegetables can be planted closer than you would in the open plot or open ground and its much much easier to maintain and to keep control over the weeds situation.
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.
- Easier to manage,
- Beds are portable.
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. The beauty of raised beds is that we can re-locate these to other areas of our backyards or backgardens, if we are not happy with our first placement. If we don’t have a turf lawn or backgarden to situate our rasied bed frames, we can always locate these bed frames over concrete or tarmac, so that would be another benefit. Its also very easy to erect or construct raised beds on patios, decks, balconies or roof-terraces, so that means we can bring the garden to where ever we want.
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 is so easy to accomplish, I have a lot more to say that could be added to the advantages list, but we have covered the most important points. 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. We have covered what soil types are best for raised bed gardens earlier on and we can read about this here.
We don’t need to be an accomplished or pro-gradener 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
— Michael Pollan “