How Does Your Garden Grow? Depending On Your Property, The Answer Might Be Raised-Beds
It may seem like a lot of work to construct raised beds for your garden this year, but based on your actual land, it might be the only way to see any harvest. Depending on the inherent features of your property, you may want to consider some simple raised beds or container gardens this planting season.
Raised beds could be the perfect solution for you this planting-season, especially if:
Your property is small.
A lack of green-space is probably the most common reason to create raised beds. For really tight spaces, consider vertical beds that you water from the top, with an irrigation system that drains in the bottom.
You lack adequate irrigation.
Your plants need to irrigate and have a place for excess water to go in order to thrive and prosper. This can be a problem in restrictive communities, neighborhoods, and sub-divisions. Check out any surveys and talk with neighbors to determine the practicality of digging irrigation canals, or make it easy on yourself and create container gardens that are self-draining. Contact a survey company, such as Krause & Gantzer, for more information.
The weather is extreme.
Sure, the weather is unpredictable wherever you live but if you live in a climate prone to extreme temperatures or high rainfall, container gardens could be a practical solution that give you the opportunity to move and relocate plants when the weather wreaks havoc.
The soil is poor.
Instead of spending hours tilling and fertilizing the poor soil at your property, construct a raised bed with a few railroad-ties joined to form a square or rectangular bed. Fill with enriched soil and plant as you normally would. Talk with garden supply retailers if you plan on planting deep-rooted vegetables for further information.
You live on rough terrain.
If you live on a plot of land that is rocky or if the ground is clay-like, then you are a good candidate for raised beds or container gardens. This saves a lot of time and money in removing rocks and fortifying the existing soil.
You live on-the-water.
A conventional garden may not be practical if you live close to a body of water. The water actually travels underground, and will saturate the roots of your plants leading to root-rot. You can build a retaining wall or raise your beds to give your garden a chance to thrive.
There is nothing stopping you from planting and harvesting a bounty of fresh produce.
Some tips to begin constructing and creating your container garden include:
- Start salvaging containers, buckets, and items that can be used for container gardens. As long as there are holes in the bottom, the plants should have adequate drainage.
- When planting shallow plants in raised beds, use a weed barrier before laying in the top-soil to curb the need to weed all season.
- Construct your own wooden boxes that will accommodate your plants, and use gravel in the bottom for drainage. Add a handle or drawer-pull to make them easy to move as needed, or add rolling casters to the bottom to effortlessly transport your garden from one spot to another.