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The Benefits of a Raised Bed Garden
A raised bed garden is a frame (usually a rectangle of a certain size) that encloses the soil used to grow plants. There are many benefits to a raised bed garden. First, it is less labor intensive to create, as you need not dig up an area of earth, but merely construct a frame that you place on top of the ground and fill with soil. Second, turning the soil underneath the frame (annually in most gardens) is not necessary and fertilizing, weeding, and pest control is only necessary inside the frame, further reducing the labor necessary to maintain the garden. Third, the soil in a raised bed garden warms up earlier in the spring and stays warmer longer in the fall than soil in the ground, thereby extending your growing season. Fourth, a raised bed garden is, by definition, raised by several inches, demanding less bending over to tend to the plants. Finally, and most importantly, raised bed gardens allow you to avoid compacting the soil inside your frame, as you are not walking on the ground in which you are planting.