How to plan a raised-bed garden

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“Winter” has left most places in the United States, and it’s time to turn our eyes to gardening. Many people have pre-established gardens that they’ve tended over the years, others have never tried their hand at gardening, and still more have tried, but failed.

For each of these types of people, Raised Bed Gardening can not only help, but can significantly increase yield, while drastically reducing the work required to tend to a garden.

Established gardeners can expand their growth, and growing season, by placing Raised Bed Garden Boxes in places where “traditional” rows may not be practical due to space, irrigation, or other concerns.

Those who have never gardened before can start small, with just one or two boxes in which to grow a very wide variety of edible greens, root crops, melons — just about anything really!

People who have “failed” at gardening in the past may have been overwhelmed with the enormity of setting up a traditional “row-style” garden, and having to tend to a large swatch of space. Raised Bed Gardens are a very attractive solution to get a significant amount of crop, without devoting a significant amount of space — or time.

Raised Bed Gardening is an “organic” growing method which allows you to grow a larger, more plentiful harvest with less cost, in less space, using less water and seeds, and less work than traditional gardens.

  • Growing your own garden helps families improve their health through better nutrition.
  • With Raised Garden Beds, plant placement is done differently than in traditional row gardens, allowing you to grow five times as many crops as traditional gardens.
  • Raised Garden Beds use 20% of the space of single-row gardens.
  • They can be located closer to the house where they will get more attention and care, resulting in a better, easy to manage garden and a more usable harvest.
  • Because your gardening space is more compact and productive, Raised Garden Beds reduce water usage significantly as you only water the productive area of your garden and not weeds or empty soil.
  • Raised Garden Beds use specially formulated soil which does not require tillers to break it up, added fertilizers, or weed killers.
  • The special soil used in Raised Garden Beds is not dug from your existing soil which means it does not contain weed seeds. The soil is not as compact which means if weeds seeds blow in, they are easily removed.

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