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Raised Bed Reviews

Let’s review the whole concept of raised beds and discuss the simplicity of constructing these, we will also look at the advantages of raised beds gardening methods over the traditional, conventional style that we have using for years. Firstly the number of people who are now using this system has grown one hundred fold, possibly due to the advent of the internet; ie the amount of advice and knowledge that’s available online and secondly, the ease and enormous advantage that this method brings to the table.

For starters building a raised bed is not an entirely difficult project, with a little planning and assistance one can assemble this in less than one hour. The material that is required is very little and perhaps we may have this lying around in a shed. Failing that these raised bed frames are available for purchase online and come as a flatpack. Basically what we are looking at is four planks nailed or screwed together to form a rectangle, giving you a confined gardening space of 8ft. x 4 ft. approx.

The thinking behind this new found concept is that we have an elevated gardening area which has been proven to produce far better yields, the maintenance is minimal and the quality of the vegetables are superior to what we have been used to previously. Watering these raised beds needs a little more attention and care than previously as they tend to dry out rather quickly. The selection of a good quality soil mix would prevent the bed loosing moisture.

In a raised bed scenario you have little or no compaction, the soil texture is superior to the typical garden that we have been using all along, each year we can fork-in some new composted farmyard manure all of which will provide for an all round improvement in the growing conditions. Previously we had a weeding problem which never went away; we had slug and pest issues which were ever present, but now all these fears can be put aside with this modern scientific system.

We have all read about the chemical and pesticide sprays that are used in food production nowadays, how many airmiles the produce has travelled and so on. We can now rectify all of this by setting aside some time to concentrate on growing our own and moving towards becoming more self-sustainable and self-sufficient in this area. What we have reviewed above takes very little time, if we can afford say 1-2 hours from our busy daily schedule, then this will have been time well spent.


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