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Green Tips: Raised Bed Gardens

I get impatient with these long, drawn out winter-like days knowing spring is almost here, but not quite. Planning my raised bed garden helps.

I get impatient with these long, drawn out winter-like days knowing spring is almost here, but not quite. Planning my raised bed garden helps.

In this era of industrial grown food transported thousands of miles and food borne illnesses that can often result, many people understand the health and environmental benefits of eating locally, or at least regionally. Part of the new “locavore” movement is growing some of your own food, and one of the best and easiest ways to do so is to install a raised bed garden. 

A raised bed garden is built on top of your native soil typically sized around 5’ x 10’.  The basic idea of a raised bed garden is that instead of battling against poor soil conditions, you build above ground where you have absolute control over the soil texture and ingredients. You can plant more in a raised bed garden because you don’t need to leave room for paths; you simply lean over to work in the garden.

Because raised beds tend to have more plants in less space than a traditional vegetable garden, they have fewer weeds and require less maintenance. Raised beds also drain better because they are elevated.

As with any garden, the quality of the soil is key - healthy living soil means healthy thriving plants, which means healthy fresh food. So make sure you use local compost to enrich the soil, hopefully from your own compost pile. Along with the satisfaction of growing your own food, you will save money and add beauty to your landscape. Try cheking out to see what they offer.

Get creative and grow a themed garden like a salad garden or a pizza garden. Go to www.gardeners.com for ideas and have fun!

For more green garden tips, visit greenwithbetsy.info.

Betsy Wild April 04, 2011 at 03:10 PM
For those of you who want a professional installation of a raised bed garden, visit bostontreepreservation.com and click on Super soil raised bed gardens, or call directly at 781-729-0095 and tell them Betsy referred you!

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