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Menards Home Improvement Topics: “Eat fresh vegetables with a raised garden”

Posted: 10:52 AM, Apr 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-11 14:52:40Z
Raised garden

Did you know?

Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, with one medium tomato

providing 40% of the recommended daily amount.

Benefits of a raised garden

 It’s an excellent way to grow plants, especially if you are new to

gardening

 Raises your plants to a more comfortable height, making it easier to

plant, inspect and care for

 Allows you to better control nutrition of the soil by creating a barrier

between the bed and natural soil

 You can plant earlier in the spring because the sun warms the bed

faster than the ground

 By using cloth or netting, it’s easy to control pests, temperature and

moisture

 Provides drainage, protecting your plants from overwatering

 Fairly simple to build and moveable

Building options

Raised garden beds can be made from several different materials including

lumber, concrete block, basins or bathtubs. Building with wood is the most

common as it’s fast and easy. Concrete edgers are another material that is both

easy to work with and inexpensive.

Garden beds can be a variety of sizes. The width of the bed should be no

more than three feet so you can reach your plants from both sides. The length

can be as large as you like, but smaller boxes grant you greater access to your

plants. The depth should be between ten inches and three feet. Beyond these

guidelines, a garden bed can be a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials,

and besides making gardening easier, can add as much character to your yard as

the plants themselves.

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