There are many forms of gardening to choose from and each has their own pros and cons. It’s important to have good knowledge about these different forms to determine which type suits you and your plants best. If you want to save yourself from a lot of tedious work while keeping your plants healthy, you may consider building raised garden beds.
Planning Your Raised Bed Garden
You may have heard people saying that raised bed gardening is laborious, but that only applies when you’re starting out and building your raised garden beds. After that, the beds will help lessen a lot of gardening workload for you.
The first step to making a raised bed garden is knowing the type of soil you have. You have the option to have the soil analyzed to determine its properties. You may have to supply additional nutrients to keep it healthy.
Types of Raised Garden Beds
When you’re already familiar with your soil and you have planned the type of plants you want to have, you can now determine which type of beds you want. Here are some of the common types used by gardeners:
- Rock – If you have limited budget, rock garden beds are the right type for you. Just find the right size of rocks and fit them nicely together. If done creatively, these raised garden beds actually look very natural and beautiful.
- Wood – Wood beds are the most common of all. It’s a small and easy process to build wood beds. If you’re making a raised bed garden alone, wood is probably a good choice. However, you may have to replace the beds after a number of years.
- Concrete – One good advantage that concrete beds can give is that it can fit with any style – traditional or modern. However, they can be very costly.
Benefits of Raised Bed Gardening
It can take you a only few hours to a few days to build a raised bed garden, but a lot of benefits come after! The following are just few of the many benefits:
- Pest and weed control. Some people actually build raised beds just to get rid of the weed. Also, planting directly into ground soil increases the chances of pests eating up your plants.
- Movable garden. With raised garden beds, you almost have a portable garden with you. This helps a lot especially if you’re into crop rotation.
- Seed control. In a raised bed garden, you have a good estimate of how many seeds you need for particular areas.
Aside from all these good benefits, a raised bed garden also provides a pleasant landscape for your lawn if you’ve built it creatively.