Raised Bed Gardening
As my desire to dig up the backyard and convert it into a thriving micro-farm runs headlong into the reality of what my wife will put up with, I think we have reached a happy medium, of using Raised Bed Gardens as Landscaping.
Raised beds offers a lot of benefits for the backyard gardener. They let you grow in perfectly amended soil in a limited space. Combine them with a system such as Square Foot Gardening or Bio Intensive Gardening and you can produce a surprising yield in a small space. Raised beds can also be built with an eye towards aesthetics. When I was using raised beds in our main garden area I would slap them together without and regard for looks. With my wife’s I went for form and function. By building them out of cedar and taking care with their construction we achieved our desired look. These boxes will supplement our main garden as well as beautify our backyard.
I’ve found that Pinterest is an excellent place to look for inspiration when it comes to designing a garden layout. I’ve got several of them on my GARDENING Pinterest board.
So what do you think of our layout so far?
- Provides for great control of your soil
- Awesome for small spaces.
- Lends themselves well to high productivity
- Can be built to help keep critters out.
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