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The first thing to know about gardening is that there are no hard and fast rules; nothing is set in stone. There are many different ways to garden, including: Raised Bed and Container Gardening.

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There are various other forms of gardening, for example greenhouse and poly-tunnel, but this article is all about the ones highlighted above. My own particular favorite is raised bed, but I have room for containers as well.

Raised Garden Bed

One form of gardening that is really catching on these days is the raised garden bed system. They are increasingly being advertised in catalogs, gardening magazines, and the internet; that is a sure sign of popularity. However a raised bed is easily constructed from materials you may already have lying around the yard, so buying one is not always necessary. A big plus with building your own is that you can make it the exact size that suits you. But for those that prefer to purchase there are certainly plenty of options.

What Are The Advantages?

For me the fact that I practically never need to dig any more is enough of an advantage on its own Professionelle Hilfe für dein Gartenprojekt, my back hasn’t aged as well as the rest of me has. I also tend to bend a lot less than I used to and simply sit down at the side of the raised bed to do whatever is necessary. I never need to step on the soil in the bed so the very few weeds that do show are very easily pulled out; weeding has almost become an occasional pleasure.

The soil in a raised bed is completely under your control. For example your normal garden soil may consist of a very poor, stony, badly draining clay mess, or stuff that resembles a desert landscape. Build a raised garden bed, start off with the right filling, and your problem disappears overnight. Actually the soil in my garden is pretty good but I still liked the idea just because they look pretty neat and really improve the look of my garden.

If you have a problem with tree roots or an area that remains water-logged no matter what, then the above paragraph equally applies. Are you coming round to the idea yet?

What can you grow?

Well anything that can be grown in a standard garden can be grown in a raised bed. The only difference is that your vegetables, fruit bushes, or flowers will generally grow bigger, better, and faster. Normally plants grown this way are spaced closer together too. I only grow vegetables in mine and they are without doubt the best I have ever grown.

Last but not least is the advantage found because the soil heats up a bit quicker in the spring allowing for planting out a bit sooner than normal so the growing season is slightly lengthened.

Container Gardening

Gardening does not necessarily mean having ? plot with the best of soil giving up beautiful flowers and vegetables year after year. Or you may love gardening but don’t have that much room to work with. Or indeed you may just fancy the idea of container gardening for what it is, a fun and enjoyable way to spend some leisure time.

Of course one of the great things about container gardening is that it can be as big or as small an endeavor as you want it to be, one container or fifty, it’s up to you. You can, if you want to, spend an awful lot of money purchasing just the right receptacle or vessel – or you can use just about anything you may have around the yard that seems suitable. Mine are all home made from spare wood and off-cuts; simply because I love wood and making things from it. Once again there are no rules that need following, it’s your choice.

Mostly the containers you see in gardens or backyards will contain flowers or small shrubs but of course there’s no reason at all for not growing vegetables. In fact most of the containers in and around my garden hold vegetables. And if you don’t like the idea of every-day veg then you can always grow ornamental versions (e.g. ornamental cabbage) which tend to be much more colorful. A lot of fruit will also do extremely well grown this way, and what could be more colorful than tomatoes or strawberries. Either way, pretty much anything you can grow in a regular garden will grow in a container – providing you look after them.

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