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Raised Bed Organic Gardening
Raised Bed Garden Design
Raised bed organic gardening is an excellent method of growing plants. For organic gardening, you need garden soil testing for soil ph. Create a raised bed garden design that best fits your space.
Raised bed organic gardening is a highly effective method of organic gardening. Organic vegetable gardening can produce enough vegetables (and fruits) for you and your family for the whole summer.
We usually have enough produce to share with our neighbours; although we try to do an exchange for fruit from their organic fruit tree harvest! Delicious, juicy and crisp apples.
We sometimes have an over abundance of vegetables that we use to cook (check out our organic vegetable recipes - my favorite is the eggplant recipe for ratatouille).
Most important to your garden's success is to ensure that the raised bed garden design fits the space, the hours of sunshine, and the types of vegetables and fruits you wish to plant.
Benefits of Raised Bed Organic Gardening are:
There are other advantages for your raised bed organic gardening venture, such as minimizing the risk of soil erosion.
Unframed Raised Bed Garden Design
Before I show you how to build a raised bed for your vegetables I should mention that raised beds do not necessarily have to be framed. There are disadvantages compared to a framed bed though.
However, unframed raised beds are used by some gardeners, often as a temporary measure (a frame being erected around the bed once the soil mix is in place), so I will outline the steps for creating one before going on to a framed bed.
Unframed raised beds do run the risk of soil erosion from the edges as the soil is unsupported. This can happen through heavy rain. Soil nutrients can be lost in this way; do garden soil testing annually to ensure you are using the best soil available (soil ph testers are available at garden centers to test the types of soil in your garden). There are a number of different ways to build a raised bed garden. Once you build yours, you will find the benefits make it worth your while.
To avoid the risk of soil nutrient loss (without a raised bed), learn how to Build Your Own Framed Raised Garden Bed (or buy one). Whether you build a framed or unframed bed, raised bed vegetable gardening is an excellent way to build your organic garden.
Natural Soil Aeration
Soil with a good population of worms in it is a healthy soil. If your existing soil has plenty of worms then you just need to keep them happy while your vegetables grow.
Worms in your soil keep it aerated and maintain a functioning drainage system. Worms are, in effect, tilling your soil.
Worms do not destroy the soil structure or pollute the environment with petrol fumes and residues (as heavy machinery do).
By creating space with their burrowing, worms allow air to circulate, water to drain, and roots to grow.
More on Worms: What do Worms Eat?
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