Gardening is a hobby that anyone can enjoy. Working in the garden is good for the health, reduces the grocery bill, and is fun. Raised garden beds look nice, plus they have several advantages over a regular garden.

 

Less Maintenance

It is not necessary to till a raised garden. Tilling the soil each spring can harm the microorganisms that help keep soil healthy year after year. Since there won’t be foot traffic in a raised garden, the earth does not get compacted, and the drainage is better. It is easier to amend the soil and add compost. There will be less weeding because mulching the garden is more manageable.

 

Easier Access

Raised garden beds require less kneeling and bending, which is helpful for those with back or knee problems. There is better access to all sides of the raised garden for weeding, pruning, and harvesting vegetables. Garden beds can be raised to a perfect height for those in wheelchairs so they can enjoy gardening.

 

Less Damage to Plants

Walking through the garden, weeding, or moving the hose can damage plants. Kids and dogs can run through the garden and unintentionally cause damage. Stalks can be bent or broken, unripened fruit can be knocked off, and plants can be stepped on. Having raised garden beds eliminates the chance of damaging tender plants.

 

Great for All Plants

Some plants like full sun and some like partial sun. Raised beds let gardeners grow plants in the best spot in the yard for optimum growing conditions. Companion planting helps grow healthier plants as some plants do better when planted next to certain plants and helps resists bugs and disease.

 

Adds Beauty

Instead of one large garden, raised beds can be placed in different areas of the yard. In addition to the vegetable gardens, raised beds can be separated by perennials and annual flowers. Raised garden beds are great for highlighting the beauty of flowers and vegetable plants.

 

Cost

Raised beds can cost as much as you like. Gardeners can start with one raised bed and buy more as they become more involved in gardening. They can be purchased pre-built or homemade from various types of wood, cinder blocks, rocks, or bricks.

John Shramko