Raised Bed Gardening
Learn the benefits of gardening in raised beds.
Building a raised bed vegetable garden is similar to growing plants in containers but on a much larger scale. In a raised bed the plants are contained (useful when growing creeping varieties like mint and strawberries) while still allowing the roots to penetrate into the ground. Planting a raised bed garden not only gives your lawn much neater look, but it also allows anyone to have a garden regardless of the quality of your native soil.
Getting started gardening with raised bed vegetable gardening is easier than starting a traditional garden. Rather than removing well-established grass and spending days tilling the soil and working in enough organic compounds to grow healthy plants, you can simply build a small retaining wall and fill your new garden with a mixture of nutrient-rich compost, manure, and black dirt. You don’t even need to remove the sod first.
Raised bed vegetable gardens can be easier to care for as well. For gardeners with mobility issues, getting down to ground level can be a challenge, but with raised beds, it’s easy to use a small garden stool for planting and pruning, saving wear and tear on your knees and back. If you build your raised beds Square Foot Gardening style, you’ll also be able to put more plants in less space, while having plenty of room to maneuver through your garden.