Gardens With Raised Beds

Overview

If you have only a small space to garden or your soil is poor, consider creating your garden with a raised bed. Raised-bed gardening is particularly great for city dwellers and others who face certain gardening challenges.

Considerations

The first consideration in deciding whether to garden with raised beds is to analyze your space. If you have more than a few square feet, but less than a sprawling space, raised-bed gardens might be for you. Also, if you have concrete or poor soil, raised beds might be the best way for you to garden.

Benefits

One of the benefits of raised-bed gardening is controlling weeds. While you'll probably still get a few pesky unwanted plants, raised beds tend to control the number of weeds you get in your garden. Also, raised beds help organize your space and keep your planting area from getting out of control.

Types

If you have a smaller space, the basic 4-by-4-foot, square garden bed might be the best. The rectangular bed is also very popular, buildable in a number of sizes. But raised bed gardens can be anything you want them to be. They can even be circular or curvy. Most raised beds are constructed of wood, but can be made using brick or even plastic.

Vegetable Gardening

You can grow virtually any vegetable in a raised bed that you would grow in a traditional garden. Given the space restrictions, you may not be able to grow an abundance of one type of vegetable, but you could grow a variety of vegetables to keep your dinner plate full.

Flower Gardening

Raised beds aren't just for vegetable gardening. You could also grow a flower garden filled with perennial and annual flowers to keep your house filled with flowers throughout the summer. Or, you could put a few flowers in your vegetable bed to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Keywords: Gardens, Raised, Beds