I know it’s tempting to grab your rototiller or hoe and dig up a quick garden but raised garden beds can yield more benefits in the long run.
Raised Garden Beds
Why would anyone want to use Raised Garden Beds, when the dirt under our feet is already there? Here are the Pros and Cons of using Raised Garden Beds!
Pros of Raised Garden Beds
- Better Quality Soil: A garden planted directly in the ground is stuck with the soil that’s there, and that soil might not be optimum for gardening. You can add compost and nutrients in an attempt to make it better, but it may never be ideal. A raised garden bed, allows you to select and use soil that is best suited for your garden, right from the start. Your heirloom seeds deserve the best dirt!
- Better Drainage: The better soil quality means less clay and better drainage. This give you more control over your garden and maintaining proper moisture content of your soil.
- Less Erosion: The frame keep the dirt from blowing or washing away
- Control Weeds: You can put down a layer of weed barriers between the ground and the soil in your garden.
- Pest Control: You can add a layer of chicken wire down beneath your garden, keeping the burrowing, underground creatures out! .You may also make a chicken wire cage to place over your garden box, keeping out birds and other animals.
- Portable: You can move your garden to different locations around your property. This is advantageous for new gardeners who may not have planned the location wisely for their first garden.
- Ease of Access: Because the raised garden beds sit higher than ground level, working in them should reduce back strain and reduce the amount of bending over. This is especially good for the older gardeners or people with bad backs. The typical raised garden bed block is 4′ x 4′, so you can easily reach every plant to tend, water, and pick the produce. You can walk between the boxes and avoid trampling on plants in the garden itself.
- High Yields: Better quality soil should equate to higher fruit and vegetable yields than traditional gardens.
- Longer Growing Season. Gardening seasons depend on the temperature of the earth. The soil in a 4′ square box will warm up more quickly than the ground below. You can also build a simple cold-frame over your raised garden bed to extend your gardening season.
Cons of Raised Garden Beds
- Initial Cost: Higher initial cost to get started.
- Blueprint: Need a good garden layout plan to ensure there is enough room for plants that need to spread out.
- Drainage: Because of the efficient drainage, they may need to be watered more often.
Unless you have perfect soil, raised garden beds can provide a higher yield and more benefits in the long run.