You need places with sunlight for at least eight hours a day, especially for herbs or tomatoes. Another thing to think about is the shape of the ground. It’s probably not the best idea to set your beds on the side of a hill, no matter how much...
Thomson, IL (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
Gardening is a favorite pastime for many, with gardens providing beautiful flowers and delicious fresh produce. One method favored by both experienced and novice gardeners is to use raised bed gardens. A new article featured on Off The Grid News, The Ultimate Guide To Raised Garden Beds, explains the reasons for their popularity and how to easily construct and plant one at home.
Two main reasons for the popularity of raised bed gardens lie in the facts that they are attractive and easier to control and maintain than regular gardens. Raised bed gardens make it easier to create the optimal soil for specific plant needs, whether that involves creating a particular soil balance or the amount and type of fertilizer needed to grow the best plants. Because they are raised up from the ground, they can also be easier for people with physical limitations (http://gazette.com/year-round-gardening-raised-bed-gardening-in-colorado/article/1501239).
In addition, The Ultimate Guide To Raised Garden Beds provides clear and concise information about how to build the best raised garden bed. The author also gives hints about the best locations to create such a garden, stating, “You need places with sunlight for at least eight hours a day, especially for herbs or tomatoes. Another thing to think about is the shape of the ground. It’s probably not the best idea to set your beds on the side of a hill, no matter how much sun that hillside might get. This is because the water won’t properly drain and one side of your raised bed will always be more watered than the other side. Because the beds are above the ground, water will drain through the soil differently than it will in a normal ground garden.”
After the location has been chosen, actual construction of the frame must commence. Lumber is easily obtained at home improvement stores and most stores will cut it to the desired size. Building the frame is the time to be creative. The author comments, “Honestly, building the frame is the easiest part of making raised beds because you can build it any way you like; it can be decorative or plain. You’re just building a rectangle, so there’s no right or wrong way unless you build it too short or not large enough.”
After the frame is constructed, it is all traditional gardening. Just mix up the soil to the plants’ specifications and start planting!
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