Ideas to Gardening in Raised Beds
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Design the soil for structure and drainage

Native soil, too sandy or compacted, does not prevent the gardener from rising. With the help of raised ribbon slabs, the soil can be brought into the garden and laid in wide rows or added to the frame structure, regardless of the condition of the existing soil.

Ideally, it is best to apply local soil with a large amount of organic substances, such as well-seasoned manure and compost, and even purchased soil additives. However, there are matters when mixing the local soil is impractical.

In both matters, the goal is to create a deep and wide growth zone that promotes rooting and removal. Suitable soil should be loamy and have a good structure or slope. A simple test to determine when you have reached the perfect combination is when you press the ground with your hand; it lies together, but crumbles slightly if disturbed.

An equally important advantage of good soils on raised beds is excellent drainage. Thanks to gravity, water always wants to go somewhere. Saturated soil and rotten roots are rarely a problem, as water seeps through and out of the bed. Fortunately, the raised ribbon plates make it easy to create the optimal combination of drainage and moisture retention at the same time, adding a lot of organic substances.

Sun insulation options

There are many options in the design of a raised bed. The three most popular options are pressure-treated wood, non-chemically treated wood such as cedar or mahogany, and recycled composite materials made from plastic and wood fibers.

Pressure treated wood is a popular choice because of its resistance to rot (due to chemicals entering the wood), accessibility, size selection and low cost. However, due to the health and environmental concerns of some companies, more and more efforts are being made to reduce the use of treated wood, find alternatives and change the way wood is processed.

Some types of wood are naturally resistant to rot and do not need treatment. Popular options are Oriental red cedar, mahogany and black locust. These varieties can be stored for 20 years or more.

One of the recent alternatives to wood on the market is composite wood, usually made from recycled plastic and wood fibers. They look like wood, are designed for durability and come in different sizes. The best part is that they never rot. Although at first glance the cost may seem high, considering that it will never need to be replaced, this choice becomes an inexpensive option. Look for a system that allows you to stack plastic lumber to the desired height, for example, the Frame-It-All system from Scenery Solution.

Regardless of whether you decide to leave the garden on an elevation or just cover the ground with it; raised ribbon slabs provide a significant advantage in creating a productive and healthy garden. Gardens with good soil and good drainage are a sure way to optimally run your plants. Bunk beds are a quick and easy way to do this

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