Raised bed gardening is becoming more popular where gardening space is at a minimum. Raised beds are planting areas where the soil is higher than ground level.
Raised beds can be framed out of wood, bricks or cement blocks depending on the appearance desired. Ideally raised beds should be no wider than 4 feet so you can reach the center from either side and can be as long as you desire.
Soil in raised beds needs to be well thought out depending on what you want to grow in the beds. Start by making sure you have good drainage in your raised beds. This can be accomplished by putting down a layer of sand or pea gravel at the very bottom of your new raised bed approx. 3-4 inches deep. Then fill the rest of the bed with a mixture of 50% screened topsoil and 50% compost. We recommend using Morgan Composting Topsoil Blend and Morgan Composting Dairy Doo. This combination has proven to work excellent for flowers and vegetables. You can also top off your soil with some Morgan Composting 301 Pro Vegetable Mix for an additional boost to your plants.
Some advantages of Raised Bed Gardening:
- It produces more vegetables because space is not wasted
- Soil in raised beds will warm more quickly which allows for earlier planting
- Soil does not compact as much
- Closely spaced plants in raised beds will shade out weeds and reduce need for cultivating
Raised beds will require a bit more watering and fertilizer because of the leaching that typically occurs with raised beds and can be expensive to establish, but in the end, it’s all worth the extra effort!
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