Gardening With Ease: Raised Bed Gardening
Are you new to gardening? Is the soil where you live less than ideal? Are you looking for a fast and easy way to grow more in less space? If you answered "yes" then raised bed gardening is for you!
What Is a Raised Bed Garden?
Raised bed gardens are exactly what they sound like—garden beds that are above the soil level. Most raised bed gardens today are boxes made from wood, plastic, or a composite material.
When creating a raised bed garden, an important thing to consider is your reach. Most raised bed gardens aren't wider than 4 feet by 4 feet or 4 feet by 8 feet. That's so that you can reach into the garden from both sides of a raised bed without stepping (or falling) into it. (Not stepping into the garden is one of the primary benefits of raised bed gardening. When you walk on garden soil, it compresses it and makes it harder for plants to grow.)
Because you're adding soil on top of the existing soil instead of digging down into it, you can control the quality of your soil. That makes it easier to grow healthy vegetables.
Greenland Gardener makes raised bed gardening easy with simple to assemble raised bed gardening kits and supplies. Choose a raised bed kit, snap it together, and fill it with soil or a growing mix—it's that simple. Then you're ready to plant!
Benefits of Raised Bed Gardening
- Grow more in less space. Because you don't have to leave room in a raised bed for planting rows, you can plant more food in the best soil, instead of leaving the good soil to be walked upon.
- Easier to maintain. Raised bed gardens have fewer weed problems (because you're adding weed-free soil). They're also smaller and easier to water. You can care for four 4x8 raised beds in 15 minutes or less—harvesting, weeding, and watering.
- Easier to reach. If you have concerns about mobility, or getting down on your hands and knees is difficult, raised bed gardening is a great solution because the garden is elevated slightly. You don't have to reach as far.
- Longer gardening season. The soil in raised beds warms up quicker in the spring so you can plant a garden earlier. It cools off quicker in the fall so that you can start growing cool-weather vegetables a bit earlier than you can in an in-ground garden.
- Better soil. If you have poor soil (heavy clay or lots of sand), raised bed gardening is an easy solution. Instead of digging into the soil to add nutrients and compost, you can just build your garden on top of the existing soil.
- Great for beginners. If you're new to gardening, raised beds are a great way to get started. Raised beds provide a contained space so that you won't be tempted to overextend in your first garden efforts.