A tip for raised bed gardening (Google / The Compost Bin)

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http://www.thecompostbin.com/2008/04/raised-bed-gardening.html

Raised bed gardening

If you’re thinking about building raised beds for your vegetable garden, definitely go for it. Plants do better in deep soil and as long as you don’t walk in the beds, you’ll also avoid soil compaction. Now what root wouldn’t want to grow in nice loose, deep soil? If I was a root, I’d tell all my root friends, “Hey come on guys, nice deep, loose soil over here, let’s go!” But this weekend, I had my first bad experience with raised beds. You see there was a root invasion from trees that were pretty far away. The closest trees to my vegetable garden are at least 30 feet away but I guess that’s just a short hop for tree roots. It’s almost as if one of these roots said to all his buddies, “Hey come on guys, nice deep, loose soil over here, let’s go!” So on Sunday, I was planning on planting some more salad greens but wound up spending the afternoon digging and pulling roots out of my beds. I always wondered why Mel Bartholomew in the book Square Foot Gardening advised to build a bottom to raised beds. At the time, I was like, why build a bottom, what is this guy crazy? I want earth worms to tunnel up from underneath my garden beds and munch on all that compost that I loaded in there. More like Square Foot Craziness, no bottoms on my raised beds.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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