Raised Bed Gardening Tips

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Raised beds are important for vegetable gardening in that the fluffiness of the soil will determine how big and strong a plant can grow. Use raised beds to provide a shelter against flooding with help from an organic farmer in this free video on... View Video Transcript

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Hi I'm Jarrett from Stone Soup Farm and this is raised bed gardening tips. Raised beds are relatively important for good vegetable gardening because of several advantages that the bed system gives to the soil. The tilth of the soil or the fluffiness is one of the most important things in determining how big and strong the plant can grow. The looser the better. The roots really want to be growing through nice loose soil like this that has been recently stirred up and tilled. By making a raised bed you are adding soil to the surface that is loosened up by putting it there and you are also creating for yourself a lane to walk in so that you are limiting your compaction to that lane. Another thing that is good about raised beds is that they provide a good shelter against flooding when it rains really hard. The rain will seep in since it is nice and fluffy still. It is going to come in very easily and it is not going to sit in the bed. It is more going to drain into the aisles where it is not going to hurt the plants as much. In order to make a good raised bed you want it to be as level as possible. That way you are not incurring run off off the side of the bed which will lead to erosion so you an kind of sculpt your bed like this. It is good to have a nice clean edge. The edge will erode to some degree throughout the season but you can upkeep it with a rake pretty easily every now and then. A raised bed makes it a lot easier to plant in and better for the plants all around. I am Jarrett of Stone Soup Farm and those are my raised bed gardening tips.