Raised Bed Gardening

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At a glance..

Raised bed gardens have been in use for centuries. Permanent beds, raised a few inches above the soil level and arranged just wide enough to reach across by hand, are an ideal way to grow vegetables and small fruit. Here you will find information on how you can build a raised bed garden.

The details..

In Raised Bed Gardening by Sue Gray, readers will learn about the advantages of using permanent beds that are raised a few inches above ground level for growing plants. The author explains how this method can help prevent soil compaction caused by foot traffic on traditional single-row gardens. Instead of walking on the soil where plants are grown in rows as in conventional gardens, wide rows with walkways between them allow gardeners to tend their crops without compacting the earth.

Gray describes how raised bed gardening offers several benefits over traditional methods: higher yields due to more efficient use of space; improved soil quality because amendments such as compost and fertilizer are only spread on beds rather than wasted on pathways; reduced water usage since plants grown close together shade the soil which decreases evaporation while keeping roots cooler; fewer weeds thanks to high-plant population crowding out unwanted growths or covering paths with landscape fabric or mulch; extended season from earlier working soils that warm up faster than those in regular gardens.

The author also provides practical advice for planning your own raised bed garden layout based on backyard dimensions and crop requirements. She recommends staking out separate rectangular plots measuring three feet across by twenty-five feet long (providing seventy-five square feet per plot) instead of one longer single row if more growing space is needed - making it easier to manage multiple smaller areas instead of one larger area when rotating crops or controlling pests.

Finally, Gray gives step-by-step instructions for building a simple mound-type bed using basic tools like shovels and rakes along with tips for preparing adjacent bermudagrass lawns before construction begins so they won't invade newly created planting areas within weeks after completion.

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Page count: 4
Size: 2903kb
File Type: pdf


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