Benefits of Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening

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Benefits of Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening

Vegetables grown in a raised bed tend to grow larger and healthier as well as produce more of an intense flavor. If you have never created a raised bed vegetable garden, why not give it a try this growing season.

Creating a mounded raised vegetable garden allows one to concentrate soil amendment, water levels, and fertilizer into a smaller area. Basically, mounds of dirt and sectioned off into rows. The mounds should be at least 12 inches high but, depending on what plants are being grown, they may have to be taller to allow for proper root growth.

Soil Amendment:

Oftentimes soil on ones property is not conducive to producing healthy plants. For this reason, many people will choose to create a raised garden. This allows the individual to modify the soil by tilling compose or other organic agents into the existing soil.

Vegetables need rich, well draining soil in order to grow. There are times when the existing soil will need to be dug out of the raised garden and completely replaced. For example, if the existing soil is considered to be “clay” soil, all of this soil will have to be removed and replaced with well draining soil. You can purchase soil from businesses that specialize in selling landscape materials.

Watering a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

Downspout System

There are several ways one can go about watering a raised bed vegetable garden. Try taking advantage of the downspout system of ones home by channeling the rain water runoff into the vegetable garden and allowing that water to soak in and around the bed. This provides an eco-friendly method of watering the raised bed vegetable garden.

Water Hose System

If a raised garden is created in an area that is not convenient to utilizing ones home downspout, the same effect can be achieved by using a water hose. If this becomes the method of choice, be sure to control the water flow. It is better to allow the water to SLOWLY fill the base of your raised bed vegetable garden and then turn the water off prior to flooding the bed. You never want the water to “wash away” the soil at the base of the bed. This method is a great backup plan for the downspout system in the event there is not enough rainfall.

Both of the above methods will keep the roots of the plants up above the water level. This creates an environment whereby the plants enjoy the benefits of deep watering which allows them to really stretch for the water down at the base. This method makes for a good healthy plant in the long run.

Sprinkler System

The sprinkler system is also an effective way to water a raised bed garden. Depending on ones budget, there are many variations and types of sprinkler systems one could use to effectively achieve a healthy growing raised vegetable garden. Having a professionally installed sprinkler system on a timer is by far the costliest. However, for under $20, one could invest in a good quality hand held sprinkler that attaches to the end of an water hose and achieve admirable results as well. Be sure however, to water the raised bed garden on a consistent and timely schedule.

Fertilizing a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

Fertilizer is an organic or synthetic substance usually added to or spread onto soil to increase its ability to support plant growth. Fertilizing a raised bed vegetable garden is critical to producing beautiful and healthy vegetables. The vegetables that one chooses to grow will determine what type of fertilizer is needed. If you are new to growing vegetables or are unsure as to which fertilizer is best for the plants being grown, PLEASE consult with a professional or someone who is well versed in growing vegetables.

CAUTION! If the wrong type of fertilizer is added or too much or not enough fertilizer is added to the raised vegetable garden, THE PLANTS WILL SUFFER and the outcome will more than likely not be the best!

I hope I was able to shed a little light on the wonderful gardening technique known as raised vegetable gardening. If you have never tried growing vegetables using this method, I challenge you to try it. Chances are you will never go back to using any other method.

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