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Elevated beds: advantages

Elevated garden boxes are beds that are raised instead of being lowered into the ground. They can address a variety of gardening issues. It’s possible to build raised beds by simply piling soil on each other or utilizing boxes to keep the material contained. Garden boxes and raised beds are frequently used interchangeably to keep the bed’s structural integrity over time.

Whatever you call them, raised garden beds have advantages for all gardeners, regardless of their experience level. For these ten reasons, raised beds are a worthwhile investment:

In the long run, no tilling benefits the land.

A raised garden bed is essentially a means to make gardening as easy as possible—the “no labor” variety. Raised beds are typically maintained by adding new materials to the existing soil rather than tilling it up year after year to add fertilizer and additives. Adding compost, mulch, manure, and other soil conditioners to the top layer of soil does not necessitate any backbreaking labor.

Your back will be grateful to you for this action.

Weeding a garden, especially a large one, may put a lot of strain on your back and knees, leading to injury. Back and joint pain can be alleviated by using a raised bed, especially one at least 12 inches tall.

Raised beds are more attractive.

Having a nicer bed may seem like a waste of time, yet it serves a useful purpose. A raised garden bed may be necessary for the city, especially if you’re trying to grow vegetables in your front yard.

Raised beds serve to keep out vermin and pests.

The slugs can climb, but the raised garden box’s high edges slow them down, making it easier to catch them in the act of climbing. According to many gardeners, Slugs will not cross a box bordered with copper flashing. 

Increasing the height of your soil improves drainage.

If you want a long growing season, raised garden beds may be the only option in places prone to flooding or yards filled with marshy soil. One inch below the sidewalls of a 12-inch-high garden box, 11 inches is the most common depth for a raised bed.

You’ll have less crabgrass and weeds.

Tilling increases the number of weeks since it buy weed seeds, allowing them to germinate and grow. Mulch, cardboard, or black plastic should cover raised bed gardens in the spring to kill any plants that sprout throughout the winter. There are many DIY garden box ideas on the internet.  

Can be planted early 

This early spring planting is mostly due to greater drainage in the soil, which allows the soil to dry out earlier and heat more quickly for planting in raised beds.

Raised beds can be used only temporarily.

A picture of a raised bed is a great way to start a conversation with your landlord about a garden. Property values can be boosted by a well-maintained and well-built garden box rather than a nuisance.

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