All You Need to Know About Garden Beds
Garden beds are the place in your garden that your plants are placed to help feed and catch water. They are probably the most important aspect of any garden, be it ornamental, flower, or vegetable gardens. In order to get the most out of your garden, your beds have to be filled with rich nutrients.
Getting these nutrients can be a job in itself depending on how you want to do it. You can choose bagged potting soil with synthetic and chemical fertilizers mixed in with it, or you can go a healthier way and create your own with natural fertilizers and compost.
Organic garden beds are a combination of woodchips, compost, top soil, and organic fertilizers. Mixing all of these ingredients together gives you the best overall garden bed to grow your plants in. These organic beds will need to have more work to keep them pliable, though, so keep this in mind.
You will have to replenish the nutrients from time to time and this will involve mixing up more compost and fertilizers into the soil itself. Although it is more work, the health benefits, especially for vegetables that you will be eating later, greatly outweigh the amount of time it takes to work the soil.
Raised garden beds are a great way of creating a garden when you have little space for a large one. These types of beds allow you to basically stack the garden upon itself, which not only saves in space, but allows you easier access to the rows that are set up higher. This will save your back from constantly bending over all the time in order to weed and work the soil. Not only will these be easier for elderly people to maintain, they can be curved around things like large trees to give it a more regal look and feel. This will also cut down on the amount of yard work you have to do when it’s time to mow.
Once you have decided what kind of garden beds you are going to use, it’s all about the placement. Make sure the plants that will inhabit the bed are able to get enough sunlight to grow properly. If you are planting things that thrive in shade, you should place them in beds that don’t get direct sunlight. Every house has a spot or two like this, and it should be fairly easy to find. It’s usually the place where the grass is dark green and cool to the touch.