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Raise the Roof! Or at Least your Bed…

Let’s talk about raised bed gardening.  Why?  Because everyone is doing it.  While there are some disadvantages to raised beds, many will agree that raised beds provide the perfect solution to several garden conundrums  –  such as lack of space, clay soil, etc.  In addition, raised beds can extend your growing season, especially if you have a cover.

Other advantages include:

 Serves as a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails

 Gives you more control over the location of your garden 

 Uses space more efficiently

 Allows you to choose which type of soil and compost to include in the bed

 More efficient draining

 Weeds are almost a non-issue

 You don’t compact your soil as you tend to your garden

 The soil warms up earlier allowing you to plant earlier in the season

  Your dirt doesn’t erode away

 Better ability to keep out ground-dwelling pests

Raised beds are easy to build and maintain.  The important work, though, begins in the planning stage of your beds.  Site location is critical.  Be sure there is flat space to lay your bed with plenty of sun.  The height, width and depth are up to you, though you want to be able to plant your flowers or vegetables fairly deep.  One last tip:  when choosing the materials to build your bed (bricks, stones, wood, old tires), be sure to consider contamination.  If you want your garden to be organic, you will need to consider the potential presence of chemicals in building materials.

When it’s all said and done, you can search on the internet and receive millions of different answers to your raised bed questions.  Or you can stop in to Stockslagers and our garden specialists will cover everything you need to know about raised bed design, plans, materials, and soil. So come in today and raise the bed!

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