Have we noticed that we are now moving from the traditional to the more scientific method of raised bed gardening (above ground gardening) and this system is causing quite a stir amongst the gardening and horticultural community. We are always on the lookout for the next best thing in every aspect of our daily lives so this system fits nicely as being something different to the old. People are getting very excited about the virtues of this system in their blogs and websites and especially how simple an idea it is.
The concept of raised beds is now gathering pace especially for the new and first time gardeners. Afterall this method is just a rectangle box placed into the ground, we have added compost, topsoil and then began planting and sowing in this box and suddenly we have a raised bed garden. Here we have a new found system which is much more accomplished and advanced at growing either our flowers, plants or vegetables, than which we have been using for years – ie, the open plan garden. We have previously written an informative post on what soil and what is the best mixture of soil and compost to use in these raised beds and this post can be read here.
The basics of raised beds;
Like the title of the article suggests – this is exactly what we have. Literally what we’ve got is a rectangle frame (4ft x 8ft approx) made from lengths of timber secured together with nails or screws preferably, located in a sunny level position in your garden. These raised bed frames are available as a flatpack package over the internet. Essentially one follows the set of instructions, gets it assembled and we are now ready to begin planting.
The whole idea is, that we are now gardening a selected space, where it is much easier to contain weeds, watering is more effective as moisture is retained within this enclosure and plants are proven to be a lot happier and healthier in their new surroundings. This system has introduced us to plant diversity and leads to a longer growing season, which will result in greater quality and ultimately better productive yields.
Understanding raised beds;
If we are using this system for the first time there is no need to worry about whether this will be a winner or not. This is a tried and trusted method, which has been deemed an unparalleled success, yielding a far greater return for our investment and effort. The advantages are immediately visible to the user. This project will become an appealing, design feature of our backgarden for years to come and hopefully will serve and reward us well. We are now moving towards becoming more self-sustainable and self-reliant. This system takes away the dredgery of back-breaking gardening as we knew it and we are now in the modern, almost scientific era of horticulture.
To begin sowing in our new raised bed frame, as this is our first effort with the raised bed system, I would start with the simple, old reliables, like carrots, parsnips, onions, tomatoes and lettuces. These don’t require a great deal of care or attention – just plant in the ground and nature does the rest. We need to continuously monitor the watering and irrigationing situation in the early days of our planting as raised bed frames tend to dry out a little quicker. The soil mixture which we start out with is of paramount importance, if we use a mix of equal parts of peat, compost and topsoil; this should ensure good moisture retention going forward and give greater returns.
Happy gardening to all who try and succeed,
Cheers Phil Browne.
” May the seeds of today be
the fruits and flowers of tomorrow “.
~ Author Unknown