While the conditions of today’s economy may seem somewhat difficult to deal with, the positive aspect that can be derived from the variety of compromises and cutbacks that have had to be made would be that of self reliance. Many individuals have gone back to utilizing some of the more basic ways of survival and maintenance that the past generations relied on; one such method would be that of gardening. Since the cost of groceries has increased so dramatically over the past few years many individuals have chosen to revert to growing their own produce in order to help bring their costs down as much as possible.
Although the solution of gardening may sound like a simple enough solution the potential problem is whether or not a person’s property has the soil needed to help nurture and sustain a garden. Grant you, this is definitely a serious issue that can and will impact a garden’s ability to produce a substantial enough crop to warrant the work, time and effort a garden will require. However, the good news is that there is viable solution that can help solve the situation and prove profitable, even if the soil is rich enough to support growth; raised beds.
A raised garden bed is a simple solution that offers far more rewards than disadvantages when it comes to the cost, time and effort invested in such an endeavour. Keep in mind that even when if the soil is beneficial and conducive to healthy vegetation and growth, there are other issues that can prove detrimental to the growth of vegetation. However, by utilizing raised beds, these hazards are easily minimized and dealt with to help keep your garden healthy and producing.
A raised bed is really very simple to construct and easily maintained. Building a raised build is simple and easily accomplished task and well worth the time and investment needed. Simply gather the materials you will need such as wood that will be appropriate for the beds sides such as cedar and the appropriate hardware needed to secure the bed. The construction is a simple one you will scrape and level the area set aside for your gardening and measure and cut the wood to fit the area, once this is done simply construct a box and add cross bracing for added support and strength.
Now that the box itself is finished simply add your soil, lightly moisten and then add another layer of soil as well as the appropriate minerals, nutrients and fertilizers to help perpetuate vegetation growth. Aside from the easy garden maintenance that raised beds offer there is also the aspect of potential pest control that these beds deal with naturally by preventing pests such as garden slugs and other such insects that may burrow from the ground naturally because of the raised aspect of the garden bed. Along with the pest control aspect, a raised bed also prevents weeds from choking off the natural garden growth.