Raise Your Garden With a Garden Box and a Raised Bed

raised garden boxes

If you have a patio, shed or a small gazebo you will need one. Gardening is a lot of work but also a lot of fun. Growing vegetables in soil that is hard and takes a lot of work is very rewarding. These boxes give you the facility of being able to plant almost anywhere you like. This versatility is important to most gardeners as their gardens are usually permanent structures.

Good Drainage

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You don’t have to be in the middle of nowhere to grow vegetables. If your soil is not yielding or you just want the exercise of gardening you can buy raised garden boxes to put in your bed. Just buy a good bed, make sure it is level, has good drainage and is weed free. If you know you will have a lot of weeds in your bed, you will need a deeper bed or one with lots of holes in it so you can remove all the weeds before planting.

Readymade Box

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If you are thinking about building raised garden beds then you may need to buy a readymade box. If you buy a readymade box, you can save yourself some time and money because you won’t need to do anything else to the soil except for adding the dirt and letting it drain. Wood is the best medium to use when building raised beds. Wood is so easily available and is relatively inexpensive. Be aware though, that wood rotates and you may have to replace the wood over time.

Easy Access To The Soil

One of the challenges of raising vegetable gardens is getting the soil to do its job. When you’re planting vegetables, they require lots of moisture, especially if you use hydroponics. If you don’t have a steady supply of water in your soil it becomes dry and you won’t be able to plant your vegetables properly. This is where elevated gardening comes in handy. By placing raised garden boxes near your bedding you can easily water your vegetables from any location.

Pressure-Treated Woods

Raised beds are more easily maintained when there is plenty of area for them to move around. This is where pressure-treated wood and other sturdy materials came in handy. With raised beds you can also move your boxes if needed or have them moved on occasion to accommodate larger or more severe weather conditions. Boxes can also become damaged by extreme heat or cold and may not be as durable as you think.

Made Of Quality Lumber

Lumber is expensive and getting a solid box that is built-in is always an option. But a built-in garden bed can also increase the cost of your overall backyard budget. If you want to have the benefits of both types of garden bed then you need to get both. For a lower price than ordinary wood you can buy a plastic built-in box made with polyethylene or some other strong but lightweight material.

Easy To Maintain And Clean

Plastic garden boxes are easy to maintain and clean and many of them are built-in for added protection from animals and humans. Many are UV resistant and some have protective coatings that will guard against termites. They come in various colors and can be customized with your own design or logo. Some have wheels and others can wheel themselves. You can even get a kit with a built-in bench attached to the side of the box for extra seating. The pros definitely outweigh the cons of these kits as long as you do the installation yourself.

Wrapping Up

If you have decided to try your hand at planting your own garden then consider these pros and cons of in-ground beds and raised garden boxes. These two choices are among the best ways to make your own little haven or garden in your backyard. You can be as creative as you want with the designs and the materials, just as you would be with an outdoor shed or a deck. Just make sure you follow the specifications of the manufacturer or retailer of the product and you should have no problems at all.

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