Traditional in-ground gardens are fine, but for raised bed gardens, more can be said—it enables you to produce more food in less room and customize the Soil to your needs. Rather than on ground-floored garden beds, the Soil in a raised bed warms early in the spring so you can plant earlier. You can garden without battling roots and stones, and the Soil is easy to modify every season. Growing beds often increase the season of frost is threatened by the inclusion of low tunnels.
Of note, there are certain disadvantages to raised bed gardens. They seem to dry out easily in hot, dry weather. Roaming cats may be drawn to the cool, fluffy Soil for their own purposes. Also, when constructing the raised bed, keep the width in mind so that you can comfortably access the middle when planting or maintaining your yard. (4 inches of felt width is ideal.) However, with a little preparation and avoidance, these few drawbacks are easily avoided.
Don’t Walk on the Soil
Lightweight, soft, and totally excellent land that you can build is the greatest benefit of lifted bed gardening. Create your elevated beds so you can see any part of the bed without having to stand there. If you have a raised bed and feel it necessary to walk in sections of it, try adding patio pavers or boards which are conveniently located and then move on them instead of on the surface.
Mulch After Planting
After planting your yard, mix with straw, hay, leaves, or wood chips. This reduces the weeding you would do and keeps the soil moist.
Plan Your Irrigation System
The two easiest ways to irrigate a raised bed area are using a soaker hose and drip irrigation. If you think ahead of time and mount your irrigation system before planting, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort later on.
Install a Barrier to Roots and Weeds
Place your raised bed away from the shade and roots of any large trees in the field. To yield a strong crop, most vegetables prefer full or partial sun. Try building a hedge at the bottom of the bed if you don’t want to deal with weeds creeping up from your beautiful dirt. This may be a weed shield purchased from a store or a dense sheet of corrugated cardboard.
You would choose to excavate the soil and put the raised bed in a better position if you have a current lifting bed and find that you fight against tree roots every year. If your garden invites you, consider applying hardware to the bottom of your raised bed and upwards until you cover it with dirt. The metal-like mesh fence would almost prevent burrowing animals from accessing the bed below, where they consume the plant’s roots.
A small amount of preparation will allow you to expand before the season or to continue your growth in the autumn. Consider adding support for a small tunnel or cold frame, and when you want to shield your crops from the freeze, you will have no work to do.