|Thursday Tips: Raised Beds|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Thursday, 31 May 2012|
Raised bed gardens have several advantages over in ground gardens in that they are ideal for those with limited space because vegetables and flowers can be planted closer together than normal, yields are higher (whether it's vegetables or flowers) because of better root growth, and raised beds offer a solution for gardeners whose soil is poorly drained or where bedrock is close to the surface and there is very little organic matter. Raised bed gardens are also easier for elderly and physically disabled gardeners to manage and maintain. Roof gardens are also raised bed gardens, although not in the traditional sense.
Most raised bed gardens are small, typically 3 to 4 feet wide and as long as the gardener wants it to be, but often no longer than 10 or 20 feet. For many people, smaller means more manageable and more manageable usually means a more enjoyable gardening experience. The beds can be built to any height that is comfortable and can be permanent or temporary.
As with any other garden, the location of a raised bed garden depends on what is being grown and how much light is required. Something to keep in mind however, is that raised bed gardens tend to use more water because they are off the ground. Mulching of course can help offset some of the water loss.