- Raised Beds1
The subject of drainage for a garden can even for seasoned gardeners appear complex, or costly. In fact, there are many ways to ensure adequate drainage without overspending, or having to consult complicated plans. The easiest ways are trying raised beds. Through the use of a raised bed filled with various types of soil mix growing plants that have sufficient water, but aren't exposed to overwater is much simpler. Raised beds can work for both vegetables and flowers. In the case of flowers there methods to have a raised area that doesn't distract from the appearance of a lawn or garden.
For most, it is possible to build raised beds in a few hours. Options include using PCV pipes to hold hoops elevating bird netting or row covers. If this seems too complex, alternative ways can include redwood or cedar to actually box in, and raise a select area up. These woods are recommended, as both are attractive and less prone to rotting than other types. Cedar is especially versatile for raised beds and easy to fashion in a number of ways. By raising the bed above the other soil in the same area from 6 inches to waist high and enclosing it in wood, rock or even concrete it possible to correctly space the plants or vegetables and create a microclimate.
In a microclimate created by the use of raised beds watering only as much as is necessary is easy as it eliminates much of the chances regarding pooled or standing water. It is also easier to create an watering, heating, and sun exposure element for a few special species that must receive different care than others in a garden or lawn. This type of gardening is often seen in professional gardens, and in parks. Because the raised bed is set off and never walked on it also prevents the soil from becoming compacted.
Raised bed gardening is sometimes considered as a lower scale of square foot gardening or companion planting. Various forms of raised beds are interesting to try for variety such creating a path or walk way between two beds, or creating circular raised beds. The most important aspect of this type of gardening however is not in the general construction or design, but instead in the soil and materials used. Many who have tried to use non-specific or scavenged materials have their best intentions ruined by chemicals they were not aware of having been used on the wood chips, planking or soil.
Finding the right soil, planking or other materials for raised beds can be accomplished easily with a kit. This is also a faster method especially for those who not wanting to have spend a long time with the construction of the bed. Some gardening stores such as Master Gardening offer various designs including circular beds. A kit will require less measuring, sawing, and other aspects of labor that's typical with creating raised beds from scratch, and it assures the purity and quality of the materials used.