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Growing vegetables on raised beds 101

Shrutika R Vaishnavi
Shrutika R Vaishnavi
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Out of the many trends catching up this year, growing your own vegetables is easily one of the most popular ones. Why would it not be? It is not as complicated as it sounds. All you have to do is keep some key things in mind and perfection will follow.

Before giving you further details about growing vegetables on raised beds, let's see what are the advantages of doing so. Why it’s better than the conventional procedures that our ancestors followed over centuries. 

Advantages of growing vegetables on raised beds

Eliminates the need to till

The most complicated thing about growing vegetables the conventional way is--the need to till the soil every year. Well, you don't have to worry about this with raised bed gardening since there’s no need to till the soil at all!

Keeps critters and weeds out

Critters and weeds can be a big menace when it comes to growing your own vegetables. By planting vegetables using a raised bed arrangement, these can be taken care of as well. How convenient!

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Helps maintain a better drainage arrangement

If you live in a flood-prone area, a good and thought-out drainage arrangement is crucial to your crops. When you opt for raised bed gardening, you also choose a better drainage arrangement along with it by default. 

Keeps contaminated soil away from your vegetables

If you need a quick and easy way to keep contaminated soil away from your vegetables, the best way to do so is by investing in raised bed gardening. This way, you can prevent your veggies from absorbing harmful chemicals from the soil and keep them healthy.

Grow more in lesser space

If you’re looking for a space-friendly vegetable garden, you must choose raised beds over conventional growing ways. Being able to grow more in a lesser space can also marginally increase your profits. 

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Now that we know about the advantages of growing vegetables on raised beds, we must know what we actually want to plant. This is crucial since a lot of other things like the height of your raised beds is going to depend on what you decide on planting.

The key thing to remember here is that although the whole purpose of raised bed gardening is to maximise potential and productivity, you must never let plants over crowd. No matter how tempted you are to just plant one more, always remember that overcrowding will severely affect the quality of those plants. Now this is something we definitely don’t want, right? 

Once you’ve decided what to plant, the next you need to think about is--fixing a watering arrangement. Watering needs differ from plant to plant and soil to soil. You can also choose between manual watering or choosing to get an automatic watering system fixed. 

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Last, but not the least, your vegetables need the right kind of compost to thrive and grow beautifully. Therefore, the need to keep the type and quality of compost in mind becomes extremely critical. 

All in all, raised bed gardening is the best way to grow your vegetables if you are someone who’s looking at a convenient and better way to farm. Happy farming! 

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