Raised Beds

Permanent garden beds make gardening easier, healthier and more fun.  These permanent beds are more often referred to as raised beds.  Simply meaning that the growing surface is higher than the native soil.The type of gardening practiced in raised bed gardening is referred to as intensive planting or gardening.  This type of gardening is taken both from the French and the Japanese.

These garden beds can be any length.  Width should only be as wide as you can reach to the center of the bed.  Four feet in width seems to be the norm.  At four feet the average person can reach the center of the bed from either side.  A popular bed size is four feet by four feet.  This size is taken from the square foot gardening method.

Raised beds can be bordered by everything from logs to cement blocks.  Some beds have no formal border at all.  I like rough sawn cedar the best and a planting depth of nine to twelve inches.

The real key to raised bed gardening is the mix of planting material you put in your raised bed. Soil Mender Raised Bed Mix is excellent.  In the early spring it will warm faster allowing for earlier planting.  During dry periods it will help hold moisture, therefore, conserving water.  Soil Mender Raised Bed Mix is the perfect solution for dealing with difficult soils, like sugar sand or heavy clays.  With Soil Mender Raised Bed Mix there is no more tilling.  Plants can be placed closer together giving larger yields.  Build your bed, get Soil Mender Raised Bed Mix, plant your plants, fertilize, water and put the fun into gardening.

– Jay Mertz

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