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How Raised Beds Make Gardening Less Pain and Strain!

May 3, 2008
I'm a card carrying member of the baby boomer generation and I know what it's like to find you can't manage some of the things you used to do, or you can, but you do them a lot slower. My gardening ability comes to mind as an area that now requires some extra thought, a little bit of adjustable thinking can produce some cunning ways of getting around some problems. One of the best ideas to help the gardener with age or handicap related problems is to make good use of raised beds.

They don't have to be anything fancy, just some timber frames about 2 feet high and 3 feet wide is plenty. This simple solution helps in allowing people with the previously mentioned age related dilemma or anyone with restricted movement, such as a wheelchair, to continue to enjoy quality time in their garden.

What other benefits do you get from this form of gardening? Let's see... there's the removal of soil problems, greatly improved pest and weed control, the above mentioned ease of access and the increase in your crop harvest.

Any plants that love well-drained soil can benefit from being grown in raised beds. You don't have to raise just vegetables. You can also easily grow herbs, fruits, and flowers in raised beds and make your job easier.

Your garden beds will need less water because you can plant your crops a lot closer together than you would normally. Then there's the added advantage of less weeds because of less room to grow and shady conditions.

Raised beds can be used to extend the growing season, making it easier to start seeds outdoors earlier, and grow later in the season. This is a great way to get even more produce out of the area in a season.

Any sort of adverse soil conditions you currently have in your garden are eliminated because you're free to use good friable rich loam in your new beds. Overcoming this stumbling block gives raised bed gardening the ability to turn a drab garden into an oasis of thriving plant life.

As a gardener, you'll also appreciate that you don't have to walk on your raised beds very often, so the soil isn't getting compacted like it normally would, this lets your plants develop stronger roots. Your plants will show their appreciation by producing a bigger, more luxurious crop.

A lot of pests and diseases will become a thing of the past because of your ability to select good quality soil for your garden beds. Another advantage that will lead to an increase in your harvest and superior quality of your crops.
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