The Benefits of Raised Garden Beds
Whether you are a gardening guru or consider yourself a novice green thumb at best, you may have heard the word on the street that raised garden beds are the new way to garden. They help create many benefits that will contribute to healthy and blossoming produce and flowers all year round.
In the long run, they will pay for themselves when you’re tucking into your fresh fruits and veg and using those fresh herbs in your kitchen!
Let us show you the ways:
- Kiss consistent weeds goodbye
Because raised garden beds are above existing soil, you can place barriers between the ground and soil in the garden beds. So if you take enough care to use weed-free soil, you will find that weeds are much less of an issue and no problem to remove: raised garden beds-1, weeds-0.
For plants to thrive, they need light and air-filled soil from more loosely compacted soil. Raised garden beds have less compacted soil by nature because it is naturally filled and not regularly walked on, allowing the roots to breathe and making the ground easier to work.
Forget bending your body into all crazy angles and poses to reach your beloved marigolds right at the back. Or you were crouching down to pluck some fresh basil from your herb garden. One of the main appeals of raised garden beds is their accessibility and adaptability. If you are past the days of getting down on your hands and knees to get your thumbs green, just put your raised garden bed up higher to save you future back problems, and it is easier to reach all plants, even those at the back. All plants can be inspected, watered, fertilised, adored, and picked quickly.
- Utilise that precious water.
We all know water is a valuable resource, so we must utilise it best when working in the garden. Because of less compact soil, raised garden beds use water and moisture more efficiently than their in-ground counterparts. So when you are watering or are lucky enough to get a lovely patch of rain when it seeps into the ground, if it’s slightly loosened, it will absorb what it needs, then the rest will sink deep down into the soil and drain, encouraging your plants to thrive, thrive, thrive!
You can place chicken wire underneath the raised garden beds to keep any underground critters out. Adding the extra protection of a garden enclosure like this one or some portable electric fencing will keep your plants safe and sound from curious chickens, invasive pests, rabbits, and birds.
- Power to productive produce
Because the soil quality in raised garden beds is much better than in usual gardens, they generally produce a higher yield. An abundance of freshly picked tomatoes, strawberries and mint– yes, please!
- Pretty plants all year round
Raised garden beds are great for moderating heat, as they warm up quicker and easier without overheating. The soil can warm better, creating better crop-growing conditions for more time. So you can expect your general gardening seasons to be slightly extended, meaning more pretty produce more often!
Yes, all gardens, not just those of the raised variety, can be deemed attractive, but raised garden beds, if thought out and designed well, will become a focal point in your backyard and draw many compliments from neighbours and visitors alike. Some common remarks you may hear include- utterly fabulous, I must have one, oh, that raised garden bed is to die for!