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Raised Garden Beds

June 25, 2020

 

Raised garden beds are great for many reasons:

  • They ensure excellent drainage that so many of Iowa’s favorite plants need. This prevents losing the plant in the winter due to roots sitting in ice for months.

  • The soil in raised beds warm up more quickly in the spring for earlier planting, blooming, and harvesting.

  • Raised beds allow you to create perfect soil.

  • They minimize weeding.

 

You can really make raised beds out of any material you like-- concrete blocks, wood, recycled bricks, landscape timber, etc. Raised beds only really need to be 4-6 inches high, though those that are a foot or more are great as well. Just make sure they are well anchored and at leas