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Everything You Need to Start a Raised Bed Garden

Bob Vila Logo By Steph Coelho of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 12: Though gardening is a fulfilling, enjoyable hobby, growing plants in the ground isn’t right for every home gardener. It takes a lot of work to dig fresh beds and prepare them for cultivation, and some yards are too rocky (or are otherwise unsuitable) for gardening. Establishing and maintaining in-ground beds can also be back-straining work.  Raised beds are convenient because they elevate the garden space, and require less bending and kneeling to tend them than traditional, in-ground gardens do. With raised beds, you don’t have to make do with the soil on your property either. By filling raised beds with compost or a custom soil mix, you can start your plants off on the right foot without spending the time, effort, and money to improve poor-quality soil. Raised beds also add visual interest to your yard, and you can set them up just about anywhere. Here’s what you need to get started with your very first raised bed garden.

The Advantages of Raised Bed Gardening

Though gardening is a fulfilling, enjoyable hobby, growing plants in the ground isn’t right for every home gardener. It takes a lot of work to dig fresh beds and prepare them for cultivation, and some yards are too rocky (or are otherwise unsuitable) for gardening. Establishing and maintaining in-ground beds can also be back-straining work.

Raised beds are convenient because they elevate the garden space, and require less bending and kneeling to tend them than traditional, in-ground gardens do. With raised beds, you don’t have to make do with the soil on your property either. By filling raised beds with compost or a custom soil mix, you can start your plants off on the right foot without spending the time, effort, and money to improve poor-quality soil. Raised beds also add visual interest to your yard, and you can set them up just about anywhere.

Here’s what you need to get started with your very first raised bed garden.

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