There are many reasons to prefer raised bed gardens over in-ground tilling. A raised bed is controlled environment that you can drop into the middle of whatever situation you have in your property and solve many of the problems that would have bothered you and your plants during the season. Here are some of the most important advantages of raised beds:
1. Custom soil
A raised bed gardener is able to create the perfect custom soil environment for each garden bed. This advantage eliminates the problems of dealing with tough Arizona soil (or clay) and instead allows gardeners to experiment with different soil types. In many places, such as gravel or hard clay areas, the existing ground soil is so poor that it is nearly impossible to garden without custom soil. The enriched added soil is also much more fertile than any dirt that you would normally find in an Arizona yard, giving your garden the nutrients to yield more than twice as many vegetables per square foot.
2. Clean and Organized
Raised beds contain garden activities to a designated area that is easy to keep clean and to trim of weeds. An empty raised bed also looks better in between annual seasons than a tilled area, and it is much easier replant in raised beds than a tilled space. Netting or shades can conveniently affix to the structure, and there are convenient references for maintaining linear rows. Lastly, your garden can hold its position through heavy rain and other weather.
3. Bigger Harvest
Raised beds provide soil and organization benefits that help gardeners using square foot gardening techniques boost their yields with closer and more intense planting. Increasing yield means eating more nutritious homegrown vegetables with your family. There are online calculators for determining the estimated yields of plots using specialized soil mixes and other conditions that are easy to produce using a new raised bed plot. Check out the harvest calculator at Landshare Colorado.
4. Convenient Height
Taller gardens using raised beds are better for viewing plants and reduce the need to bend over while gardening. This benefit is perfect for gardeners who have frequent back pain. A sturdy stone or wood frame can even serve as a seat or bench for gardeners to rest and enjoy their work.
5. Looks better
A well-built raised bed garden is a beautiful home improvement that adds style to the landscape and displays the pride and results of the gardeners. The defined and stylish features of a raised garden impress friends and make it easy to show others the details of your projects. Many nice restaurants, schools and homes use raised beds near front entryways to welcome to make an impression on guests.
6. Separate plots
Multiple contained raised beds are perfect for maintaining separate plots with different themes or treatments, which lets gardeners grow different plants and track the success of specific experiments. Different soil and treatment choices let a gardener raised a diverse variety that can include plants which are incompatible using a single bed. This type of arrangement also makes it easier to maintain a separate plot for kids.
7. Easy to irrigate
Professionally designed raised beds can easily support built-in irrigation setups and the soil holds moisture well due to the contained environment. Less water is wasted during manual watering because the garden area is concentrated and has a sealed perimeter.
8. Netting and shade
The walls of a raised bed provide a convenient mechanism for attaching posts that can support netting and shade solutions that protect your garden from pests or weather events.
9. Perfect for kids and seniors
Many of the benefits of raised beds are very convenient for younger and older gardeners. Kids gain a convenient hobby that isn't overwhelming, and very young toddlers can easily understand the visually-defined concept of the garden. Elderly gardeners experience reduced back pain and have no need to deal with hard tilling labor.
10. Protection from pets
Dogs and other pets are notorious for trampling garden plants and using garden areas as litter boxes. Raised beds prevent stumbling animals and people from compacting the soil and bulldozing your hard-grown plants, and it is much easier to train a pet to avoid the raised bed in the yard.