Raised Vegetable Garden Pros and Cons
A raised vegetable garden tends to become more and more appealing to gardeners. I personally know a lot of people who are very interested in making a raised veggie garden but are not quite sure of where to start.
Providing info about creating a raised vegetable garden is something that I enjoy because I think it’s one of the easiest ways to garden and it also excites me. The first question I get asked a lot is what’s a raised bed garden and that brings me to my first point…
What’s a Raised Bed
A raised bed garden is where the soil is enclosed in wooden frames and stones. The beds contain some native soil, compost and imported soil. The vegetables are usually planted closer than in a traditional row vegetable garden. This type of planting promotes a superior harvest derived from a small area and that’s why I appreciate this type of gardening.
Having raised beds means that you don’t have to dig often and the process involves placing organic matter on top of the soil to get some superb quality veggies. You can also have as many layers as you want. Take a look at these easy instructions for building raised beds.
The Benefits of Raised Beds
Why Raised Beds for Gardening
Disadvantages of Raised Beds
Raised Vegetable Garden Cons
Yes as much as I love having a raised vegetable garden, these are the cons that I’ve come across.
- If there’s any weeding to be done, it may have to be done by hand. However it’s not that bad because you wouldn’t have to do a lot of it.
- It’s very important to have proper planning in terms of your choice of vegetables. You don’t want to have the taller plants shading the shorter ones. Try to keep in mind the different features of the vegetable plants you choose to grow.
- Not all vegetables may be suitable for raised beds as you may have to choose the best varieties that are excellent for close spacing.
- Constructing the beds will require some work and the materials may be a little costly. However, once they are constructed properly they are very easy to maintain and can last for several years.
There you have it. These are some of the pros and cons of having a raised vegetable garden. Your choice to grow will depend on your site, budget and how interested you are.
Why not give it a try if you really want to and if you can easily cover the cost for setting it up.
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