The raised bed gardening technique is a great way to grow all of your favorite plants. Whether you’re a flower gardener, a vegetable, or both, you’ll love the attractive beauty and functionality of these gardens. And, don’t forget herbs, too. Flowers and vegetables are amazingly attractive when they make themselves at home inside an attractive raised bed garden frame!
Raised bed gardening is a great way to grow almost all of your favorite vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruit plants. Aesthetically pleasing, it offers many advantages to both you and your plants.
The prettiest and best-kept gardens are grown in a raised bed. There is something about elevating the level of the garden bed, that makes gardeners more conscious about the appearance and health of their favorite plants.
Raise bed frames do not and should not have a bottom. Plants need to send their root system deep, often much deeper than the height of the raised bed frame. There are just a few frames on the market with bottoms. They are for people who want to use them on patios or decks. See Raised Bed Frames for Decks.
Plants grown in elevated garden beds are bigger, healthier, and more productive. There are several reasons why:
Warmer soil – Soil inside the frame is elevated above ground level, allowing the sun and air to warm it faster. This facilitates earlier planting, and better seed germination, especially in colder, more northern climates.
Easy to reach – Makes gardening easier on your back. Less bending over and stretching, making the joy of working in your garden and harvesting easier, and far more pleasurable. People with back or knee problems, handicaps, and elderly people really appreciate the ease of access to the garden.
Good drainage – Soil in the garden bed frame is above ground level. Heavy rains drain off. Soggy, standing water is eliminated.
Improved soil fertility and quality – Sure, you can use soil from the surrounding area. But, people with raised garden beds bring in as much as 100% of the soil to fill the bed, including plenty of rich compost and manure. This rich soil mixture is a vast improvement over normal garden soil. Growers seek a soil mix and pH level, that is ideal for the plants they grow.
Appearance – These garden beds create attractive gardens. It’s a fact that people who use them take much better care of their garden.
One of the best things about having a raised bed frame in your garden is the soil you put into it. Here is where gardeners excel.
Begin by filling your garden bed with lots of compost. Most raised beds contain far more compost than the garden itself. While you will want to add ample amounts of compost, and some decomposed manure, you should also mix in some regular garden soil.
Tip: After filling and mixing the soil in your raised bed frame, check the soil pH. The materials you use in the frame may need an adjustment, to attain an ideal pH level for your plants.