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Build the Benefits of a Raised Bed

BUILD THE BENEFITS OF RAISED BEDS WHAT PLANTS CAN BE INCLUDED IN RAISED BEDS? FRUITS PERENNIALS & ANNUALS SMALL TREES & SHRUBS VEGETABLES WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF RAISED BEDS? IMPROVED SOIL DRAINAGE LESS SOIL COMPACTION EASIER WEED CONTROL WARMER SOIL TEMPERATURE IN SPRING EASE OF ACCESS REDUCED SOIL EROSION WHAT MATERIALS CAN BE USED FOR THE SIDES OF RAISED BEDS? ANY DURABLE BUILDING MATERIAL SUCH AS: ROCK BRICK CONCRETE INTERLOCKING BLOCKS LUMBER LUMBER IS THE MOST COMMON MATERIAL USED: • Use naturally rot-resistant cedar or redwood • Use caution when wood is infused with alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ) • EPA states wood is safe for food crops • To be safe line bed interior with landscape fabric to prevent soil contact DO NOT USE: • Wood preserved with toxins • Creosote-treated railroad ties WHAT ARE RECOMMENDED DIMENSIONS? SHOULD BE ABLE TO REACH THE CENTER OF THE BED FROM EITHER SIDE. Frames should be at least 6 feet long and no wider than 4 feet. 2-3 FT SIDES To work inside the bed without bending or while sitting make sure sides are 2 to 3 feet tall. 6 FT EXPOSURE For the best sunlight exposure build beds in a north to south orientation. 4 FT WHAT SOIL MIX SHOULD BE USED IN THE RAISED BED? AND Peat moss Compost Decomposed Manure GOOD QUALITY EXISTING TOPSOIL ADD ORGANIC MATTER TO SOILS WITH A HIGH CLAY OR SAND CONTENT WHAT MAINTENENCE DO RAISED BEDS REQUIRE? FERTILIZE SOIL WITH: TILL VEGETABLE PLANT RESIDUE COVER BED WITH: 3 1-2 Ibs PER STRAW / HAY COMPLETE FERTILIZER contains nitrogen, phosphoric acid, and potash OR At the end of the growing season, this will create more organic matter. OR ORGANIC FERTILIZERS & MANURES WOOD CHIPS ON LANDSCAPE FABRIC In summer to prevent the soil from drying out. CONCLUSION RAISED BEDS HAVE MANY ADVANTAGES, which makes them a great choice for a variety of gardening needs from GROWING YOUR OWN PRODUCE TO CREATING A BEAUTIFUL FLOWERBED. In Partnership With Sponsored By CUSTOM E MADE GHERGICH&Co. SOURCES popularmechanics.com gardening.conell.edu pods.dasnr.okstate.edu extension.missouri.edu merriamwebster.com

Build the Benefits of a Raised Bed

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Gardening is one of the fastest-growing hobbies around, and chances are, you or someone you know is interested in raised bed gardening. www.custommade.com has created an infographic entitled “Build ...

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