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As raised beds are designed for the purpose of maximising output and greater yield returns, it goes without saying that we have little or no maintenance to worry about. I am talking about both options here, ie whether we plant flowers or vegetables, either way little work is required during the summer or growing season. If we follow the guidelines that we looked at earlier and that is to watch the watering situation, as the raised beds are elevated the soil tends to be dryer and this may require a little more watering than usual.

Previously when we were using the traditional methods of gardening, we had a weeding problem that never went away, we had the soil that always compacted and needed continuous digging, and drainage may also have been a problem. These are no longer an issue with the raised bed gardening method and thus frees up more time which we can direct towards the more important issues of tending to our plants or vegetables. There are plenty websites which look at and discusses these topics in greater detail, and I have found them to be very informative and educational on these matters.

The actual growing season is extended greatly as a result of using the above system. The biggest factor we see is; that soil warms up earlier in the spring-time, meaning we can plant a lot sooner than we previously did. If we have constructed our raised beds from concrete blocks or wall bricks, these will capture the heat from the midday sun, and that warmth is released during the night. This will encourage longer growth in our raised bed garden and gives all round better growing conditions through out the year.

The more and more we use this new found technical method of gardening the better we will eventually become. Our first year can be a little daunting, but we should have gained a great deal of knowledge as we progress towards becoming more adept at planting and sewing of flowers or vegetables. The soil is an area that requires the most maintenance. Each fall or early winter add some well rotted farmyard manure and also some organic compost, fork in vigorously and leave nature to do the rest. This will ensure we have a good fertile garden for the following year. By adhering to the above principals and guidelines, it will make gardening a lot more enjoyable and fruitful.


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