8 Reasons Why Raised Gardening Beds Are Best
You’ll have fewer problems with soil compaction.
Walking on beds and tamping down of soil can be prevented when your beds are raised. If you have cats or dogs, however, they can still roll over and dig up the soil. Soil gets compacted when it rains too. This is because flooding can occur. The wet and heavy soil will then settle down and fill up the air spaces. When the water starts to evaporate, it will make the soil harder and denser. And that’s not good for the plants. With a raised bed, however, draining is rapid and you won’t have to deal with flooding. When you water plants in raised beds, the water gets into the layers of the beds rapidly and keeps the soil evenly moist. Excess water will drain away quickly thanks to the loose soil in raised garden beds. In addition, raised beds that are three to four feet wide will allow you to weed, harvest, and fertilize without stepping on them.
They’ll give a higher yield.
Unlike plants that grow on cultivated flat ground, plants in raised beds would be much closer. Thanks to the rich soil with more compost and organic matter, raised beds can support more plants. Also, your bed will receive good soil aeration. With a raised bed, you can do intensive gardening without worrying about their leaves touching one another. Plus, with this kind of setup, weeds won’t be able to compete with your plants.
Raised beds can be transferred from a spot to another. For instance, some of your plants may need more sunlight than what they usually receive, so you can move them to a spot where the sunlight can get to them better. You can even drag them if they have a wire bottom. Some readymade beds even have casters which will allow you to move them from one town to another!
You’ll experience solace from trees’ root runs.
Trees near well-cultivated vegetables love rich soil. That’s why they extend their colossal roots to cultivated flat ground. That’s when raised beds rescue your plants. Because your vegetables are planted on raised beds, roots from trees cannot harm them.
You can control pests and weeds better.
The solid frames of your raised beds can keep creepy crawlers from your plants, perhaps not all of them, but at least some of them. You can always use a plastic liner at the sides and bottom of your beds for protection against nematodes and other parasites. On the other hand, you can prevent rodents from burrowing into your beds by placing a wire netting at the base of your raised beds. Because these beds are raised, you can frequently check on them without worrying about compacting the soil as you walk. You will also be able to discover infestations early and prevent them from getting worse.
You will also have fewer weed problems with a raised bed because you can see the weeds that are trying to take over fast enough to take them out. And that’s because of the deep cultivation that will expose the weed seeds. Drawing out the weeds from a raised bed is easier because they are easily accessible and the soil is loose. Because the plants are close to one another, they work together to suffocate the weeds out.
You’ll find the amending of soil easier.
Depending on what you’re planning to plant, your soil may need to be amended. For instance, a lot of vegetables prefer a neutral to slightly acidic soil that falls between the pH range of 5.5 to 7.5. Other plants like blueberries and tomatoes, however, that love acid while others like asparagus and broccoli like soil that is a bit sweet. You can amend the acidic soil by adding lime and amend the alkaline soil by adding sulfur. You may even need to reapply them to reach the desired pH level only to let rain change it overnight. You need to exert effort when you amend soil on the flat ground. But with raised beds, you can use the soil you need. You can choose what type of soil to fill up the beds for your plants. Maintaining the neutrality of the soil is easier too.
You can construct them on your existing ground.
A gardener sometimes has to dig up the turf and clear the sod out before he can plant. But with a raised bed, he can just place it on the grass, eliminating the time for digging the grass up. You just have to line the area using a lot of cardboard and newsprint, then fill the frames with cured manure, soil, grass clippings, compost, and sand. This way your seedlings and seeds can go on top.
Your plants can enjoy good air circulation.
Roots also have to breathe. With a too compacted soil, however, they’ll get suffocated. This will affect their development. Good aeration is important to allow the roots to acquire the essential nutrients. It keeps the soil healthy and helps keep the balance between the aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. When there are fewer air pockets, there will be less nitrogen available for the plants. And nitrogen, when converted into nitrate and nitrite salts by the bacteria in the soil, is a macronutrient.