Raise your beds for organic vegetable gardens

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if you’ve never planted vegetables in raised beds before, once you do, you’ll be spoiled for the rest of your gardening life.

Some of the benefits of raised bed gardening are:

  1. Less weeding
  2. Better water retention in areas that have super-sandy soil
  3. Better drainage in areas with clay soils
  4. More growing space
  5. No soil compaction from human feet
  6. Warmer soil earlier in the season
  7. Warmer soil for a longer season
  8. Soil that has basically a neutral pH unless you add something to change it (because you’re filling it)
  9. Less soil erosion (especially, if the bed is framed)
  10. preventing weeds without buying and applying herbicides, grow vegetables without buying and spreading fertilizer, and keep the bugs and other pests under control.

 

Make sure you plant your vegetables in raised beds which consists of a 4 to 6-inch deep layer of mulch. The mulch also reduces the amount of watering, preventing evaporation.
The drawback to the mulch is that it attracts birds. The chickens (if you have any) love to dig holes in it under the vegetables, hunting for bugs. They are excellent bug controllers, but they throw mulch out of the beds and leave huge holes in the dirt.
Your yield will be up to four times more than the same amount of space planted in rows. That’s due not only to their loose, fertile soil but also to efficient spacing—by using less space for paths, you have more room to grow plants.
Raised beds save you time, too. Your veg will grow close enough together to shade out competing weeds. The close spacing also makes watering and harvesting more efficient.
Try growing vining crops, like beans or pumpkins on trellises along one side of raised beds, using sturdy end posts with nylon mesh. Tie the growing vines to the trellis. But don’t worry about securing heavy fruits—even squash and melons will develop thicker stems for support.
Transplant which is already a month or so old when you plant it, and so will mature that much faster than a direct-seeded plant (one grown from seeds sown in the garden).
Choose fast-maturing varieties. Replenish the soil with a ¼-to-½-inch layer of each time you replant. Work it into the top few inches of soil.

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