The Advantages Of Raised Bed Gardening
With the memory of water-logged gardens from abundant spring rains fresh on our minds, now is a good time to consider raised bed gardening. There are several advantages to be gained from raised bed gardening. One important feature is the ability to have more control over the soil. When one creates the beds for raised bed gardening, the garden soil is physically separated from the surrounding soil. As a result, you can start with a completely new soil mixture, that doesn’t inherit any of the problems that might be inherit in the “found” soil, such as poor quality or lots of rocks. Using raised bed gardening also means that the additions that are made to the soil, such as fertilizer, etc., can be geared to particular plants or groups of plants in a particular bed. Other features of raised bed gardening include the ability to adjust the height to make them accessible both for people in wheelchairs, as well as accommodating the needs of people with impaired mobility.
Besides making it easier for people with certain limitations to garden, raised bed gardening, by elevating the soil, allows the soil to warm earlier, leading to earlier planting in cooler climates. With a longer growing season, a gardener’s possibilities are extended. Another benefit is that any soil issues are restricted to one area pests or disease that might otherwise spread through the garden may be limited to a single bed. In such a situation, you can dispose of the plants and soil, thoroughly clean the area and begin again.