Beautiful for vegetable gardening, decorative gardening, even boulevard garden boxes can produce a showy display of flowers and edibles. We offer custom made raised garden beds in Vancouver, BC.
Along those lines, West Coast Seeds has published a very informative article on raised garden beds. Here is an overview:
Building raised beds for your vegetable (or herb, or flower) garden requires an investment of work plus the cost of materials, but they will reward you in the coming years in a number of ways.
Benefits of raised beds
Building raised beds for your vegetable (or herb, or flower) garden requires an investment of work plus the cost of materials, but they will reward you in the coming years in a number of ways. Raised beds are usually built out of lumber, but a wide variety of other materials can be used.
The soil in raised beds warms faster in the spring, and stays warmer in the fall, allowing you to extend your harvest period.
Raised beds also produce an environment that is easy to control. You can decide exactly what kind of soil and amendments go into each one, and you can even vary the nature of the soil to suit the kind of plants you intend to grow.
It’s very easy to make an instant cloche greenhouse out of a raised bed, for instance, by securing cloche pipe in place with U-brackets fixed to the inside or outside of the box.
By building a separate frame the same dimensions as your raised bed, and stapling clear plastic onto it, you can create an instant cold frame, which is perfect for germinating seeds earlier in the spring. This frame can also have mesh screen attached in order to keep birds, cats, or other animals out of the boxes.
Raised beds can also be placed just about anywhere. You can build them straight in the middle of a lawn area in your yard.
When you’re first designing your raised beds, try to build them as tall and as sturdy as your budget allows. Using cedar shingles for the sides is a good idea, as it decomposes very slowly.
For food gardening, be sure to avoid lumber that has been pressure treated, or treated with chemicals. It’s smart to bring in new soil to fill your raised beds if you can find quality soil at a garden centre.
“Lasagna gardening” is made really easy in raised beds.
You don’t need to fill raised beds right to the top, either. In fact, leaving 4-6” empty at the top will create a slight windbreak for the soil, and will help to raise the soil temperature faster each morning.
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