Creating raised beds is generally the first thing that comes to mind when planning a community or school garden. A “raised bed” is a small elevated box used in school and community gardens that contains enough soil to support plants without using the land underneath it.
Have you ever thought about using raised metal garden beds to grow your flowers and vegetables? Numerous advantages can be attributed to this. Raised beds differ from garden planters in many ways. Planters are elevated containers with flat bottoms that keep soil from escaping. Drainage holes or slats are also present in the bottoms of the containers. Thus, they are exposed to the ground and do not have bottoms. As a result, plant roots can reach deeper into the soil, searching for nourishment.
Wood, masonry, or any other building material can build a raised bed frame. Raised beds are available in various sizes, depending on the location, the materials utilized, and the personal preferences of the gardener. 6 to 8 inches high, 3 feet wide, and six feet long are the normal dimensions of raised beds. People who have trouble bending or stooping can benefit from raised bed frames that are elevated even higher using blocks or bricks.
Raised Beds Advantages
Raised beds have a slew of benefits touted by their proponents. In many claims, apples are not compared to apples, which is an issue. Raised beds with intensive cultivation have several advantages over traditional farming methods. However, the comparison is illogical. Intensive gardening on level ground, or even raised land without side walls, is a poor comparison for evaluating raised beds’ genuine worth.
- more fruitful
- fewer weeds
- compaction is reduced
- extended growth seasons
The benefits of tall garden boxes outweigh the drawbacks, though. For raised beds to function, they must be supported by a wall or an edge constraint. There are certain drawbacks to using recycled materials to build something at first. Raised elevated beds cost considerably more and necessitate a higher level of engineering to support the soil’s weight. Filling raised beds with soil can be prohibitive and demands a thorough knowledge of soils and soil amendments. Consider the long-term use of your raised beds while planning your garden. Raised beds aren’t the best choice for all crops. Sweet corn, for example, necessitates a huge number of plants to assure pollination. Watermelons tend to overwhelm a tiny raised bed unless compact kinds are grown and perhaps trellised. Finally, most raised bed gardens rely only on manual effort for all operations, including planting, fertilizing, and weeding.
If you’re thinking about beginning a community or school garden, think about what type of garden you want, how much time and resources you’ll need to put into it, and your goals. A community or school garden can be planned, built, and maintained using the other items in this series.