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Why Build Raised Bed Gardens

Updated on May 26, 2011

Raise it up

So you do not want to kneel down or bend over to garden, well you do not have to, simply raise the garden up, and reduce the effort required to do your gardening chores.

There are many ways to raise the garden up, you can put down some straw bales and plant right into them. You can put containers on a table or other platform; if you use a bench that a chair can slide under you can sit down and garden.

You can build your own raised bed garden using wood, bricks, concrete blocks, rubber tires, or compost and earth piled up above the ground. The approach you take is up to you and your needs, the time and resources you have available.

In a hurry, buy some organic soil, cut a slit into the bag and plant right into this, if you want it higher, put it on a table or bench.

If you choose to build a raised bed from wood for example, or buy a kit, the most workable size for the bed is four feet across, this way you can reach anywhere in the bed without stepping into it and compacting the soil by a minimum of eight feet long. You can make it longer or build more than one raised bed that is up to you and your situation.

One of the advantages to using a raised bed, besides the ease of gardening, is that the soil in the raised will warm up faster in the spring and you can get an early start. Another advantage to a raised bed is you can build a seat or two along the edge of the bed so that nine who is gardening can sit down while doing so.

The ease of access means that the various gardening chores, such as planting, weeding, deadheading, watering and perhaps the most fun, harvesting require less effort.

The organic gardener grows soil and this is often done by adding organic material such as compost to the soil. The raised bed make this a simple process because you first, control the soil you put in the bed so can start off with an ideal mix from day one, and second, a wheelbarrow and your hands, wearing gloves, of course, will be all you need to add the compost to the bed.

The raised bed will need to be placed where the plants you choose get that light they need. A second location consideration is putting the bed as close as possible to the water source should the rain be insufficient to meet the plants’ needs.

If you are putting in a new garden take a close look at the raised bed garden, you may just appreciate the advantages.

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy gardening and thanks for dropping by.

  • Jessay profile image

    Jessica 

    8 years ago from USA

    For years I have wanted a raised bed garden, but haven't made it happen. Maybe this is the year. The fact it might warm up faster than the rest of my yard is attractive. Thanks for this information and encouragement.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    The cost is related to the material, if you use wood, for example, it depend upon how much you need, i.e how big the beds will be. Thanks for dropping by.

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    Rebecca Graf 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin

    These are great ideas! Never thought of those pros. I might look into those this year. How much does it cost to build one?

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    It does not take that long and the benefits are worth the time and effort, thanks for dropping by.

  • Michael Shane profile image

    Michael Shane 

    8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

    Great article! I have considered doing this myself...

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy Gardening and thanks for dropping by.

  • Cedar Cove Farm profile image

    Cedar Cove Farm 

    8 years ago from Southern Missouri

    We do raised bed gardening and enjoy it very much. Thanks for sharing and I hope this inspires others to try this method.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy Gardening and thanks for dropping by.

  • LaVieja profile image

    LaVieja 

    8 years ago from London

    Think I might give this a go. Have been trying to decide what to do with my garden and I think this might just be my first step! Thanks.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you for dropping by.

  • PaulaK profile image

    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Great idea! Thank you for the information!

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