Elevated Garden Beds
Gardening can be one of the most fulfilling hobbies a person can have. Creating and cultivating any size garden and watching the flowers or plants grow to fruition is an experience that has been celebrated for decades. It is a true delight, and one that hasn’t lost its popularity in the hundreds of years it has been participated in.
Today, there are many ways for you to grow and cultivate your garden bed. There are different techniques and irrigation systems to choose from as well as different style of gardening bed and general. Through plant fertilization and cross breeding the options of plant choice has also increased tenfold. Elevated garden beds are one of the more popular of these new choices and they are so for a variety of reasons. Elevated garden beds are exactly what you imagine, gardens that are raised above the ground, and thus maintained much in the same way a normal garden bed would be.
An elevated garden bed begins in much the same way as well; you must pick a plot of land where there is a good amount of sunshine and decent enough drainage to serve your plants. An area with a slight decline is ideal for drainage.
Elevated garden beds are helpful to save space and flexible to fit almost any household. Many people even have these garden beds on their patios displayed for all to see when you are out there on a summer’s day. Having an elevated garden also has some advantages, such as it receives more sunlight, drains easier, and is often able to move. You usually only want a raised bed about a foot off the ground, filled with a large amount of soil to provide nutrients. The soil usually needs to be about one to two feet deep to provide proper areas for the roots to grow.
There are many materials from which you can design your elevated garden bed; most of these choices can be found at hardware and gardening stores.
Plastic edges and wood trim are most common; cedar is one of the preferable lumber types. Stone and brick are often used as well. Just make sure the foundation is solid enough to hold the compost and soil without failure. You will need your garden bed completely full and ready when you plant your seedlings. You will want to make sure to use quality soil, and materials when designing your elevated garden bed. Going overboard isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the quality will allow you to keep it longer than simply a season. These garden beds are becoming a premiere choice among gardeners, for its many benefits and sensibilities, not to much the beautiful aesthetic that comes with seeing it on display.
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