The Advantages of Raised Beds
If you are interested in a quick, highly-productive vegetable garden, consider constructing a raised garden. Raised gardens are often the simplest solution to a difficult soil problem.
The advantages of raised gardens are:
- Vegetable yields may be increased because the depth of topsoil is increased in areas with shallow soil depth.
- Raised gardens filled with an appropriate good soil mix can drain faster than your native soil (e.g. Clay) or retain moister than loose porous soils (e.g. Sandy soil).
- In cool weather, Soil in a raised bed will warm more early and stay warm later in the fall, which can extend your season. Especially, when partnered with some dark mulch or black plastic mulch.
- Water usually soaks in rather than running off, due to better soil composition and non-compaction.
- Raised beds allow water to drain away from the root zone, due to the elevation of bed.
- Soil compaction is eliminated or reduced, because you are not walking on the ground.
- Weeds, soil insects, and soil-borne diseases are more easily controlled, since you have a targeted area for treatment which, potentially, may only one bed, of many beds in your garden.
- The height of raised beds can be adjusted for easy access, once built and filled, for persons unable to reach or do not desire to reach the ground level to maintain their garden.