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Raised Garden Beds

This year in our new yard, we have decided to build a raised bed for our garden. A raised bed can be built with a variety of non-toxic materials: concrete blocks, brick, untreated wood. (Treated wood contains toxic chemicals that can leach into the soil and enter the plants.)  Sunset has great step-by-step instructions to create a 4’ x 8’ wood bed. A four-foot width, with sides 12–16 inches high, is ideal because it allows you to sit on the edge and reach into your plants. A raised bed has many other advantages:

  • Space saving—since you do not need walking space between each row (only between beds), they take up less space.
  • Longer planting season—raised beds warm up earlier in the spring and hold onto heat longer in the fall, allowing you earlier and later planting.
  • Reduced soil compaction because you don’t walk on the growing medium.
  • Better drainage and retention of water, as well as aeration of the soil due to the minimal soil compaction.
  • Bigger yields due to greater root development—the benefits to the soil benefit the plants!

 

Do you have raised beds in your garden? What benefits have you found?

Image Source: “raised bed” by Aka Hige


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