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Raised gardens are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. They are an excellent way to grow plants in a confined space, especially if you have poor soil quality. They are also a great option for people who have mobility issues or prefer not to bend over while gardening. They offer numerous benefits over traditional gardens, including the following:

  • Better Drainage: Raised garden beds provide better drainage than traditional gardens, which can be essential if you live in an area that receives a lot of rainfall. This means that your plants are less likely to become waterlogged, which can lead to root rot and other problems.
  • Better Soil Quality: Raised garden beds allow you to control the quality of your soil, which is essential for the success of your garden. You can choose to use high-quality soil that is rich in nutrients, which will help your plants grow stronger and healthier.
  • Easier Maintenance: Raised garden beds are easier to maintain than traditional gardens, as they are generally smaller and easier to access. This makes it easier to weed, water and care for your plants, which can save you time and energy in the long run.
  • Increased Yield: Raised garden beds can lead to increased yields, as they allow you to plant your crops closer together. This means that you can grow more plants in a smaller space, which can lead to a greater harvest.

There are several types of raised gardens, each with its own unique benefits.

Wooden Raised Gardens: These are the most common types of raised gardens. They are easy to build and can be made from a variety of materials, including cedar, redwood or pine. Wooden raised gardens are also affordable and have good drainage.

If you are looking for a fast way to create a multi-functional bed in no time, Sutherlands’ wall blocks allow you to create lots of projects. Simply stack and link the blocks with 2 x 6 wooden boards. In just 30 minutes you can have your garden built.

If you are more handy, you can follow these easy plans from our partner at Kreg tools : Garden Beds and DIY Raised Garden Bed for Under $40.

Stone or Concrete Raised Gardens: They have several benefits. They are long-lasting, low-maintenance and provide excellent drainage. Additionally, they can be customized to fit any size or shape space. However, they may not be suitable for all plants, as they can retain heat and dry out quickly. Be sure to research the specific needs of the plants you plan to grow before building your raised bed.

Fabric Raised Gardens: Fabric raised gardens are lightweight and portable, making them a great option for renters or people who move frequently. They are also affordable and easy to store when not in use.

Metal Raised Gardens: Metal raised gardens are durable and long-lasting, and they are resistant to rot and decay. They are also a great option for people who live in areas with high winds or heavy rainfall.

Here are a few basic steps for wood or brick raised beds:

  1. Choose the location: Select a spot that receives at least six hours of sunlight daily. Make sure the area is level and has good drainage.
  2. Determine the size: Decide on the size of your raised bed. Keep in mind that it should be no wider than 4 feet, as this will allow you to reach the center of the bed from either side without stepping on the soil.
  3. Build the frame: The height should be at least 6 inches, but can be as high as 2-3 feet if desired.
  4. Add soil: You can add soil right on the ground or use landscape fabric first. This will help reduce weeds and prevent insects from the ground. Fill the frame with a mixture of soil and compost. You can buy pre-made soil or make your own by mixing equal parts of topsoil, compost and vermiculite or perlite.
  5. Plant your crops: Once the soil is in place, you can plant your crops. Choose plants that are well-suited to your climate and soil type. Consider using companion planting to maximize space and deter pests.
  6. Water and maintain: Water your raised bed regularly, especially during hot, dry weather. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Pull weeds and monitor for pests and fertilize as needed.

Watering raised beds can be a bit challenging, as the water needs to reach the roots of the plants without flooding the bed. Here are a few ways to water raised beds effectively:

  1. Hand watering: This is a simple and affordable way to water raised beds. You can use a watering can or a hose with a gentle spray nozzle to water the plants. Make sure to water the soil evenly and avoid splashing water on the leaves of the plants.
  2. Drip irrigation: If you have a large raised bed or multiple beds, a drip irrigation system can be a great investment. This system uses a network of tubes that deliver water directly to the roots of the plants. It is efficient and saves water, as it delivers water directly where it is needed.
  3. Soaker hoses: Soaker hoses are similar to drip irrigation in that they deliver water directly to the roots of the plants. However, they are easier to install and can be more affordable. They are made of porous material that allows water to seep through slowly.

 

What a great way to make gardening more accessible and enjoyable. Sutherlands has all the building supplies, frost blankets, landscape fabric, seeds, soil, plant food, fertilizer and all the irrigating options to best fit your needs. Ask us about our organic line of product. It’s grow time!

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