Sunday, July 13, 2014

Raised Garden Beds Simple Basic Guides

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Raised garden beds allow a gardener to control environment and soil conditions, and work with limited spaces without compromising on the d├ęcor of the garden. The whole ideas of watching a sapling grow into a beautiful flowering plant, or a plant laded with vegetable can bring immense joy to both; amateur as well as an experienced gardener. But it takes a lot of effort to get there, a lot of back bending hard work. If one has help, then it’s probably easy, but for those who have limited help and space, raised garden beds are an easy option. A raised garden bed allows the gardener to decide space and the type of soil he can use.

How to build your own raised garden beds? Read on!

The location will depend on what you want to grow. Vegetables and flowering plants need slightly different considerations in regard to soil quality, and height and depth. Shade or full sun loving plants will also play a role in deciding the location. Start by drawing a rough sketch of your raised garden beds, this will help you decide upon the materials required to build one. Choose your material too; while cedar wood is the most favored for building raised garden beds, it needs to be changed every few years. If permanency is what you want, then opt for concrete blocks or bricks and mortar bed.

While deciding upon the type and quantity of the plants to be grown in raised garden beds, one should ensure space for growth and distance to be maintained between mature plants. For a combination of taller and shorter plants, grow taller ones in positions where they can't cast a shadow on the other smaller plants. 

Plants of the same size can be easily grown to make the best use of the limited space.
One of the prominent advantages of raised garden beds plan is the avoidance of soil compaction. One can never really move around the garden without pressing the soil down. As plants can be easily accessed, weeding, pest control, mulching and watering can be done without worrying about the back.

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