Raised garden beds or garden boxes are popular and productive gardening methods. Here, gardeners can easily produce vegetables, flowers and other plants in the lowest amount of land, saving labor, money and time.
Advantages of raised beds:
The raised garden bed is higher than the surrounding terrain and is built geometrically, so there is an extra path without hindering the plants. The bed protects plants from weeds and other pests such as snails and slugs. It also protects the garden soil from being washed away in rainwater. Weeds are easy to lift because the soil is loose. Gardeners also don’t have to remove weeds when crops grow close together as weeds cannot compete with crops.
Raised garden beds also save time; work and money you need to dig, fertilize and water only the beds, not the whole soil. Gardeners who cannot move freely find the perfect solution in raised beds because they can take care of the plants sitting in a wheelchair or on the sturdy bed frame.
Raised flower beds are bottomless and open to the ground allowing the roots of plants deeper into the soil to pick up the nutrients available in the soil. The crops grow best here as the soil in the beds is deep, loose and fertile.
How to build raised garden beds:
Raised garden beds are higher than ground level and consist of fertile soil surrounded by a frame to hold it in place. The frame is usually made of wood, rock or concrete blocks. Among them, wood is better and environmentally friendly. Choosing the most sustainable wood makes the bed last longer, even ten years without repairs.
The flower beds are separated by paths from which gardeners take care of the plants. Before arranging the bed, gardeners must lose the soil with a fork and dig the soil to a depth of approximately 6-12 inches. It is best to mix the soil of the upper and lower layers together for better rooting. Choosing a sunny spot is the best place for gardening.
The raised garden bed can be of any length or shape based on the position. Normally the beds are 28 to 30 inches tall, 4 feet wide by 8 feet long or 4 feet wide by 12 feet long so you can easily get to the center of the bed without getting into it. The depth of the bed for plant rooting is better up to 6-12 inches.