For the newbie gardener, there is nothing better than a raised bed garden. With a few, simple construction skills, you can create incredible raised beds for your fruits, flowers and vegetables. And if you don’t think you have the skills you need to create from scratch, hone and garden centers also offer raised bed kits that make it super fast and easy to get started!
Pros of Raised Bed Gardening
Raised beds make it easy for those with mobility problems to enjoy gardening! The beds make it easy for those with hips that don’t bend the way they used to or knees that hurt to kneel on or those with back problems, even those in wheelchairs to raise their own organic crops. You can make your beds as short or tall as you desire. And if you make your beds about chair height, you can add a nice, wide cap and turn your bed into great seating too!
Not only that, but raised beds are great for drainage – very necessary in growing great crops. You can also amend each bed’s soil so that it is perfect for the type of vegetables you are growing. Some crops such as carrots, radishes and potatoes require a sandy, looser soil. Corn, green beans, tomatoes and many other crops like a denser, richer soil. With raised beds, you will always have the perfect soil.
On a slightly different note, you could use the same type of raised bed and a pond liner to make a great water feature in your garden or try your hand at hydroponic gardening which uses no soil – only water – to grow crops. The possibilities are endless!
Cons of Raised Bed Gardening
There are not many cons associated with raised bed gardening. I can think of only a couple, actually.
One is that if you want to do this yourself, you will have to have some rudimentary carpentry skills. Having your lumber cut to exact measurements at the home store helps, but you will need to drill holes and set in screws as well as strengthen the corners and make sure your bed is square and level. You will also need to either build the box where you want it or have someone help you to move it after it is built since they can be heavy depending on the size you choose.
Secondly, make sure you think about your choice of building material. If you choose pressure treated lumber, be sure to line the lumber with a waterproof membrane since pressure treated lumber has chemicals that could leach into the vegetables. You could use untreated lumber but it will not last as long as pressure treated lumber and if you use cedar which is natural and can last a long time, you will have an additional expense since cedar is expensive.
Watch this video to learn how to make a raised bed garden:
Now that you know how to create your raised bed garden, you can learn how to plant your organic vegetables to get the most out of your space. The Food4Wealth Organic Gardening Program will teach you exactly what and how to plant so that you spend minimal time working your raised bed garden and maximum time enjoying the vegetables and fruits you plant!
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