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Every where I look articles and videos about gardening are refering to raised beds. The few gardens I have been around in the past have never had raised beds. Does it really make a difference? What are the benefits of having raised beds?
Like I said in an earlier post..... this is my first year gardening and I am using it as a learning experience. I'm already working on a list of things I need to do differently next year, so now the debate is on..... raised beds or not?
I personally have raised beds. It doesn't matter which you do but you have to make ideal soil conditions. The benifit with raised beds is that it is easier to bring outside soil.
Our soil is like super clay. We built our beds, then took some dirt from our own yard and mixed it with compost (some our own some we had to get from the nursery when we first built them). It was just way easier to mix it that way.
I also like the asthetics of raised beds. They just look cool. It is more of a distict area. You can create benches to sit on around them if you want. You can put raised beds on patios even if you live in a townhouse or something where you only have patio space.
So raised beds are a personal choice I think but in my mind its just easier to create better soil conditions there.
I'm really thinking that I might do raised beds next year. Partially because of weeds. lol I think it would probably be alot easier to keep the weeds out of those with less effort. I kind of need to find the way to spend as little time maintaining the garden because at this point I am still working nearly full time and going to school full time too. The kids help as much as they can, but at 9 and 12 they get bored and distracted easily.
I definitely need to get some sort of irrigation system going. Right now it's just me heading out there with my hose, taking care of the flower beds, the garden and the dogs all at the same time. lol Hopefully next year I'll have a better system though.