Raised bed gardening is simply a form of gardening in which plants are grown in enclosed wooden beds a few feet above the ground. The frame around the soil may be made out of materials like rock or wood. The raised garden bed concept is not a new one. Yet there are endless debates about whether or not such a form of gardening is beneficial at all.
Some common concerns regarding raise garden beds include picking the perfect spot and preventing grass from growing in the garden. Also the material of the frame, the system of irrigation and so on must be considered. Despite all this, raised gardens are becoming a popular form of gardening with each passing day and several factors can be attributed to this.
Say Goodbye To Back Pains
It is a common grievance that the knees and the back is strained when one has to bend down to the level of the ground to tend to the plants. A raised garden bed can easily put an end to this problem as the body can bend down to an optimum angle where such body parts are not strained and therefore do not ache. This makes gardening equally pleasurable for the old and the young.
No More Weeds
Raised garden beds bring down the growth of weeds and crabgrass considerably. Raised bed gardeners simply cover their garden with cardboard or black plastic during spring so that the plants that grew during winter can be killed. During planting season, they simply rake off the dead weed before those can seed thereby effectively cutting down weed growth. The best way to battle crabgrass too is to have a raised garden bed.
Need Not Be Permanent
For those living in rented houses but aching to get a garden of their own started, raised garden beds to provide the perfect solution! A small and neat garden bed, framed in wood can serve to enhance the beauty of the property. What’s better is that it need not be left behind during shifting, the garden bed can easily be carried to the next house you shift to!
Are Perfect For First-Timers
They are especially good for beginners . They don’t have to deal with common gardening problems like soil contamination, growth of weed and so on. By simply throwing in some soil, some seeds and some compost in a box and with regular watering, one can have a beautiful garden to boast of right in their very first year of gardening.
Although this may look like the vainest reason in the book, it is true that raised garden beds look prettier. The normal ones do not look this pretty. They are not only neater to look at but ensure a clear demarcation between the garden and the common path. Therefore it becomes easy to maintain them.
All these factors make them infinitely more advantageous than a normal one. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and grab that wooden box and grow your raised garden bed in it!