Benefits of raised garden beds
You can’t sink a shovel into the soil anywhere on our 3/4-acre property without hitting a rock. More like sixty rocks. No joke. It’s like living on top of an old quarry. Planting tomatoes directly into the ground last year was an exercise in frustration, as making 2′ holes with a pickax is not my idea of a good time. So while I love the idea of a large, level garden plot, it just isn’t going to happen on our sloped, rocky lot. No problemo. We are big fans of the look and benefits of raised garden beds. Here are a few of the advantages of gardening this way:
- Soil drains better
- Access is easier
- Soil temperature warms faster
- Soil stays looser and is easier to work
- High-quality soil can be used in areas with poor topsoil
- Beds are easier to keep free of weeds and safer from destructive creatures (rabbits, moles, children), especially with higher sides
- They create a neat, tidy garden space
And the benefits can be enjoyed season after season, so while there’s a bit of upfront expense and work, raised beds should last for years with minimal maintenance.
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