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Raised Bed Gardening

Do you have all your garden plans ready for spring or are you still thinking about making some changes? You may want to consider building a raised-bed garden. Raised-bed gardens are enclosed by wood boards or some other kind of barrier, and filled with rich soil for plants to grow.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages to adding a raised-bed garden to your landscape:

Pros

  • Soil can be controlled based on the plants you want to grow. Instead of adding chemicals to change your soil's composition, just fill the raised bed garden with the type of soil that's best for your crops.
  • Raised bed soil can be less compacted, allowing roots to grow and oxygen to better reach plants.
  • When building a raised-bed garden, you can add in a weed barrier, which can help reduce weed growth.
  • Raised soil tends to dry and thaw sooner, so you can begin to garden sooner.
  • While your plants are still at risk for weed growth and insect damage, the height and extra soil can help deter most pests.
  • The shape and height of your raised bed garden can also make it easier to tend to plants.

Cons

  • Starting a raised-bed garden can be expensive. Remember to plan ahead for the materials and soil you'll need.
  • Building a raised-bed garden can be time consuming ' whether you buy a ready-made kit or make one yourself.
  • In most instances, your soil will need to be replaced every season.
  • Because raised-bed gardens can dry out more quickly, you may need to water your garden more often.

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