Are you considering building cedar raised garden beds for your plant life? If not, then it’s an idea that you should consider. Framed, raised garden beds have quite a few advantages compared to traditional gardens. Here are just three of those advantages.
1. Improved Drainage.
One of the primary benefits of planting in cedar raised garden beds is for the improved drainage. This is particularly important during the heavy rain seasons. If you happen to live in a tropical climate, then you’ve probably seen quite a few raised gardens in your lifetime. This is exactly why.
The raised garden environment allows for soil with a very loose texture. Instead of pooling on the surface, the water can seep through into the bed area. Likewise, the soil texture prevents excessively quick drainage that might damage the topsoil.
Most people understand that water is good for plants, but too much water is definitely not a good thing. Excessive water building up around the roots keeps the plant from “breathing” so to speak. Furthermore, a buildup of water promotes the growth of bacteria that will damage the plant.
A raised garden greatly reduces all of these risks. It’s an all-around improved environment for a growing plant.
2. Easier To Plant.
To grow new plants on top of existing turf you will need to dig up the ground and remove all of the sod. This can be a very tiring and tedious process to repeat each time you plant. Planting in raised garden beds is much easier. You can even build the garden bed on top of the grass without needing to dig it up.
While you could probably find a slightly better place to put your raised garden, throwing it on top of existing turf isn’t impossible. Just line the grass with cardboard, lay out the frame, and then fill it with soil, compost, and other good stuff. You can then start planting your seeds right there.
It also means you can plant your vegetation near wooded areas. Normally, you would worry about fighting for resources with large root systems. However, you don’t deal with this problem when using a raised garden bed. This makes it possible to plant your vegetation just about anywhere.
3. Promotes Root Growth.
Just as loose soil improves the drainage of water, it also improves the growth of the root system. Roots find it easier to grow and spread through the loose soil. Compare this to traditional plants that often have very shallow root systems because soil is naturally too compact
A framed cedar garden bed has an increased advantage because it doesn’t suffer from excessive moisture loss at the sides. The bed won’t completely dry out between watering cycles, thus allowing for proper root growth at all times.
These are only three of the many advantages that raised cedar garden beds provide. No matter your climate or location, your garden will certain benefit from being raised slightly above the ground. The loose soil and controlled environment are beneficial to most plants.