Listen up, all of you who are gardeners! If you are struggling with tilling every year, those endless battle with gophers, moles and very heavy and rocky soil. you might want to consider the option of gardening with raised beds.
Listen up, all of you who are gardeners! If you are struggling with tilling every year, those endless battle with gophers, moles and very heavy and rocky soil. you might want to consider the option of gardening with raised beds. Having raised beds is a very smart choice, especially for those gardeners who are disabled and quite old. This gives them a place where they can sit comfortable and have an easy way to access their plants to harvest.
At first, raised beds may require a lot of work. But this is only for the start because once you are through, you will find that raised beds are very easy to maintain. It is such a breeze with raised beds, even through the months of fall and spring, through the crop growing season and all th chores that go along with it. It will just be a few short years and then you will have lovely friable soil, perhaps the best that you have ever seen. Also, raised beds are a lot warmer and this will give you the option to plant early if you want. Another advantage are that raised beds will drain so much better than on the conventional garden, so your crops will be at a very good advantage over the others. Also, since nobody walks on these raised beds, the soil will not be compacted and problems associated with soil compaction do not occur.
Enclosures are not really necessary, but you have the option to enclose your raised beds in a wood box maybe or some hay bales even. This will make your raised beds look so much neater. All you need to do is mound the changed soil by covering the area of about eight feet by four feet. These are the dimension that will ensure you that all the areas of your raised beds can easily be reached.
Whatever option you eventually decide to choose, I assure you that raised beds are a very good option. You can even install some screening on the surface of the ground and if you keep this screening fine enough, you can keep out those pesky gophers and moles. Once you add your soil, also put in some water and fertilizer and then keep waiting for three more days before you can begin to plant. Also, put in some earth worms on your brand new raised beds. This will be a nice home for them.
Since raised beds allow you to plant more densely than as you would in a conventional garden, then you will have much bigger yields for every square feet of space. Well mulched raised beds and denser planting will keep weeds little and to a bare minimum.
My advice to novice gardeners who might want to try raised beds is to start small. It would be nice if you just build one raised bed in a year. You will find this more manageable and fun as you are learning things as you are going along with this.
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