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Garden Shed: 6 Benefits of a Raised Garden Bed

Raised garden beds help prevent neck and shoulder strain

As you contemplate a garden this year—and whether or not it’s worth the work—consider another option: a raised garden bed.

6 Benefits of a Raised Garden Bed

Raised garden beds have sprouted up, literally, in backyards throughout the region. This form of vegetable gardening offers several benefits over traditional platforms.  Here are some reasons to try raised-bed gardening this summer.

  1. No tilling: Creating living soil is easier. Fill your container garden with a soil mix you construct to maximize microbes and biology, rather than using the dirt in your backyard, which can be sandy, loamy and less fertile.

  2. Ergonomics: Container gardens off the ground afford a variety of height options, reducing neck, back and shoulder strain that typically results from bending or squatting down low to reach a traditional garden bed.

  3. Fewer weeds: Your raised bed is separate from nature, and therefore there is less chance for weeds to spread through your garden. Using a commercial potting mix also protects the soil from weeds.

  4. Less soil compaction: Soil in containers is never walked on, and therefore never gets compacted, thereby improving plant and soil health.  

  5. Higher yields: Raised beds allow for closer plantings and therefore more crops, since there is no wasted space dedicated to paths or conventional row planting.

  6. Less runoff: Soil has nowhere to go in a container, so nutrient loss does not occur—even after a downpour—and those microbes that you’ve worked so diligently to nurture will stay put.

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