A raised vegetable garden grows in a raised bed (box) that sits on top of the soil, patio or table. You fill it with soil that is the ideal texture for plants to grow in unlike what your other soil in your yard could be. Also, you will also add certain nutrients to the soil, as you would in traditional gardening.
Benefits for Gardening in a Raised Bed
The first benefit of this type of gardening is that it gives you total control over the soil conditions in which you grow your plants. You do not always have this type of control, if you are planting straight into the ground. Clay soil is quite difficult at times to get to the desired texture.
Less hard labor working the soil, since you add it yourself to the beds. You just shovel it in easily, because it is already the right texture. This can be commercial garden soil or topsoil with compost mixed into it. It all depends on what you are growing as to what condition your soil needs to be. Also, if you want to garden organically you will need to set up your raised vegetable garden beds accordingly.
Planting, weeding and other garden chores are less of a strain on the back. This is because you do not have to bend over as far to do any of the chores. You typically have the bed at the height of at least 12 inches, if not more, or have it placed on a table. This is an ideal garden for someone with a physical handicap, since the height of it and the overall size of it can be adjusted to fit the person’s needs.
You will not have to walk in your raised bed. This keeps the soil from becoming compacted. Your plants will keep having an easy time spreading out their roots, because of this fact. It also makes it easier to pull weeds or work fertilizer into it.
A raised vegetable garden could also help you grow herbs along with your vegetables. Many times vegetables and herbs take the same growing conditions. Also, there is no reason that you can’t have flowers sprinkled throughout your raised beds for added color.
The raised beds can be bought premade today or you can make your own. Lumber that is pressure treated or other types of wood that are durable outside such as cedar should be used to construct the frames. Remember to make your bed no wider than you can comfortably reach halfway over. Leave all four sides accessible whenever possible.
These are just some of the advantages of a raised vegetable garden. You will find many more, as you try this option for your growing needs. Try it today to see what it can offer you.