When we purchased our new land, I had the glorious idea to have this entire area tilled up and made into a garden area. The garden season is already quickly upon me, and I knew that I really didn’t have the time to spend hours pulling weeds. So, I went in search of other ideas and decided that I wanted raised garden beds. I wanted them chemical free and made from a material that would last. First, it doesn’t take up much space. Raised beds are generally narrow enough to be worked on both sides.
They can be configured according to available space. The bed must be built so as to hold the soil in. The range of materials that can be used is wide indeed. Cedar boards are a good choice since they hold up well to the elements. Since the gardening area is effectively separated from the surrounding yard, weeds are less of a problem. Secondly, maintenance is minimal. Cedar also is reputed to be an insect repellent.
If you’re planning a garden for the first time or adding to your existing beds, this will help you avoid many of the mistakes I and others have made. And if you’re already gardening in raised beds but are seeing lackluster results, you may find some reasons why here. Finally, since by definition the garden bed is raised, it’s easier for those with physical disabilities to take care of. The actual height is completely up to the urban or suburban farmer.