Do You Dig Raised Garden Beds like we do?
It’s almost that time again, to start thinking about Spring! If you are ready to start sprucing up your gardening area now is the perfect time. It might not be ideal weather to be working outside yet but you won’t regret the preparation. One thing that is an amazing way to spruce up your planting area is to add raised garden beds. This can be an outstanding way to improve your planting area and make your life so much easier in the long run. Today we will talk about the Pros, Cons and some advice on adding raised garden beds to your personal garden.
What is a raised garden bed?
A raised garden bed is where the soil and plants are raised up above the surrounding soil or surface. Generally, the bottom of the bed is open to the ground, not closed off like a container. That means that you can set garden boxes up on a patio or other hard surface. They are very easy to build and work in many different climates and terrain types. They are great for sandy, clay rich, and rocky terrain that is hard to dig in for planting. A raised garden bed can be made out of multiple types of materials. You can use wood that is finished or unfinished, or even plastic. Anything that will contain heavy amounts of dirt.
-If you have mobility problems such as a bad back or knee, working on a raised surface is much easier. This can help you be able to continue to do what you love without having to do as much bending and kneeling.
-If you have poor drainage or hard compacted dirt then using a raised bed would be very helpful for you!
-When you plant in beds vs rows your plants can naturally grow as they want. When you plant in rows you need to keep them contained out of paths.
– You can grow many different types of fruits and vegetables in a raised bed.
-They are very aesthetically pleasing and you can create very beautiful and practical set ups.
-The dirt warms up and dries out sooner in the spring, that makes it easier to plant sooner.
-It was mentioned above that the dirt in a raised garden bed dries out fast and stays warmer. When the summer months come this can also pose as a detriment, the opposite can happen. The dirt gets too dry and hot too soon. This can destroy your harvest if not properly looked after.
-Starting out costs more. If you need to get all of the materials to build the sides and the dirt to fill the box it may get a bit pricey in the beginning.
-The Walls will eventually have to be replaced, unless you use special materials.
-It can be very hard to till a raised garden bed.
-Some deep root vegetables don’t grow well in raised beds.
Those are just a few pros and cons that are associated with raised garden beds. There are some other things to keep in mind and to watch out for when it comes to planning your raised bed garden structure. You will want to think about what size bed you want. If you make them too wide it will be much harder to maintain them and give your plants enough space to grow without getting crowded. We suggest that you make your raised beds no more than 3 or 4 feet wide and 15 feet long.
A common mistake is putting your raised beds too close together. This will make it difficult for your plants to grow and allow you to walk between and maintain them at the same time. You also want to give your beds plenty of depth. Your plant will spread as much below as they do above, keep that in mind.
Picking the right material for building your beds is very important. Some materials that we suggest are wood planks, plastic wood, stones, concrete blocks, metal sheets, and raised garden bed kits. One can look up special ways to make small beds out of pallets and other readily available premade materials.
Plants That Grow Great in Raised Beds
There are many plants that grow very well in raised garden beds. Here are some fruits and vegetables that grow wonderfully in raised beds.
- Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, lettuce all grow great in raised beds!
- Roots vegetables grow well in raised beds because you can have control over the dirt in your raised bed.
- Onions grow very well in raised beds because they love quick draining soil.
- Tomatoes need nutrient rich soil, having a raised bed makes it easier to maintain and add many nutrients to your soil.
- Soft fruits such as Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and currants are great to grow in raised beds
We hope that you plan a great year of planting your Spring garden. Keep an eye out for more Spring gardening tips from Oregon Farm Brokers. If you are want to get a nice piece of land ready to be farmed then contact us to help you make your dream come true!