Raised beds solve many gardening problems such as:
Plus raised beds can add beauty and interest to a boring landscape by:
Adding pavers and gravel around the beds creates a cozy court yard effect. The beds design can be flexible - rectangular, square or in corners.
Raised Bed Soil and Planting Medium
Raised beds hold lots of soil. There are packaged pre-mixed planting soils available at local gardening centers, but mixing your own is more economical. For a good planting soil mix:
Watering Raised Beds
Adding a watering system as beds are built saves time and is easier to do. By laying in a seeping hose, emitter, or sprinklers now, watering during dry spells is a breeze.
Self watering systems make sense for raised beds as well. Simply install a barrel (paint or decorate to blend into the landscape), elevated higher than the raised bed ground level. Install a faucet at the bottom and attach a seep hose or emitters to lay along the bed. Fill the barrel with water and add a small dose of VermaPlex® for maximum plant nutrition through "micro-dosing".
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