Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Gardening Article: Pros and Cons of Raised Bed Gardening

There’s no better way for a gardener to deal with poor soil conditions than to plant a raised bed garden. If you aren’t gardening on rocky or hard soil, you may be wondering if a raised bed garden would be ideal for you. The answer is complicated. There are both pros and cons to raised bed gardening. Let’s explore them.

• Raised beds start getting warm earlier in the spring, which means you can start planting earlier in the year.
• The soil in raised beds is less likely to get compacted.
• If you know you’ll be planting certain types of plants in your raised bed garden, you can easily lay down the ideal kind of soil for those plants.
• You have the option to put wire mesh down on the bottom of your raised bed garden. This will help keep away certain pests.
• If you have back problems, raised bed gardening can be easier on your back, since you don’t have to lean down as much to reach the garden. In fact, you can make a raised bed garden as tall as you like to meet your physical needs.

• You have less space to work with if you’re gardening in a raised bed. This means you have to be careful with how you space out your plants. If there isn’t enough room for all of the plants in the bed, the growth of the plants can be stunted.
• The cost to install a raised bed garden can be pretty high, when you consider how relatively inexpensive gardening usually is.
• If the soil on your property is good for planting, there’s really not much of a need for raised bed gardening.

Raised bed gardens are usually considered an attractive asset to a home, and many plants can thrive in them. However, if you have good soil to begin with, you might want to consider saving some money and skipping the raised bed garden.

About the Author: Lisa is a guest content creator who enjoys writing about interior design, landscaping, gardening and trends in the Boston storage industry.

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