Tips for Growing a Raised-Bed Garden
Raised gardens are now the most common type of home garden. Lots of people who have never gardened before are getting into gardening and raised beds are largely the reason for that. Because of raise-bed gardens, more people are able to garden.
You can have a raised-bed garden nearly anyway because there is no need to dig up the ground. Raised gardens make having a garden possible for people who rent property and might not be allowed to dig. Raised-bed gardens even make it possible for people who live in places with dead soil to have gardens. Read below if you have been thinking about growing a raised-bed garden.
One reason that people like raised gardens is because you don't have to till them. Novice gardens are a little leery about the commitment that comes with tearing up the ground, especially since they haven't figured out if gardening is for them yet. The till-free aspect of raised-bed gardens also means that you don't have to be bothered with soil samples. Using a diy garden beds also means that you don't have to know a whole lot about soil and soil balances which can be a little too scientific for newbies who just want to grow some stuff. With a raised-bed garden all you need to know about soil is the type of bag the soil you need comes in.
However, if you're using soil in a bag, you need to know that it will need to be replenished more often. With tradition gardens, there a usually hundreds of square feet of soil and the plants can draw the nutrients from it. In raised-bed gardens, the only soil you have is what came in the bags, which isn't very much, so soil depletion is a problem. Crop rotation is crucial with raised-beds.
Raised-beds also eliminate the need to weed. Grass seeds remain embedded in the soil even after a garden has been tilled and that's why weeds continue to grow. But because bagged soil is free of grass seeds, weeds are not an issue. However, if the bottom of your raised bed garden doesn't have proper barrier between the box and the ground, grass could break through. Cardboard beneath the soil should keep the weeds out.
If you want to grow perennials, you need to know that they will need special consideration. Perennials survive through the cold months by growing their roots deep into the ground where it's warmer. However, raised-beds don't allow perennials to grow as deep as traditional gardens do. The average raised-bed garden is 6 inches deep. This is enough soil for most plants that people want to grow but not for perennials that need to burrow down into the ground when the weather gets cold. Your perennials beds should be about 18 inches deep. Wholesale garden bed are great for novices. If you think you need a little more help with your garden, your local gardening store will be happy to help you.