Unframed Raised Beds For Your Organic Gardening!

In a previous article we talked about the benefits of having framed raised beds for your organic garden. In this article let’s take a look at the possibility of having unframed raised beds for your organic garden. As far as raised bed gardens goes, this method may be a better choice to start with because it takes less time to build them and they cost less since you don’t have to spend extra money for the frame that encloses them.

Photo credits to vegetable raised bed.

What is an unframed raised bed?

An unframed raised bed is a mound that is elevated for the purpose of having an easier time with gardening. It is created with nutrient dense soil, compost, and both regular manure and green manure. It does not have an enclosure like the framed raised beds.

What makes unframed raised beds easier to work with?

For most people, building an organic garden is a fun experience. However, when it comes to its maintenance, some people seem to consider it a challenge. It all boils down to three reasons – soil erosion, the plants are not getting enough nutrients from the soil, and the weeds can be a challenge to get rid of effectively and timely.

One of the best ways to solve this dilemma is through the construction of raised bed gardens. For the most part, raised bed gardens will eliminate the three problems mentioned above.

How to build an unframed raised bed…

Before you start to build your unframed raised beds, you should first work on the organic materials that you will be adding into your soil. Organic materials, such as compost and manure, will help with making sure your soil is nutrient dense and assure your crops will be healthy and bountiful.

When you have successfully worked on your soil, building the unframed raised beds is the next step. Here are the simple steps you should follow:

  1. Determine the location and size of your raised bed garden.
  2. Mark off the area using strings or stakes.
  3.  Dig out the soil in the area to the desired depth and dig into the next layer for loosening up of soil.
  4. Add the organic materials into the area and bring back the soil you first removed.
  5. Make sure that the soil is not condensed so as to prevent erosion.

Maintain your raised bed!

Raised beds require maintenance and it is not difficult. All you need to do is to add fresh organic materials into your soil each spring or fall. Also, you can maintain your raised beds by putting mulch on the top of the soil since it helps to retain moisture and also helps to prevent the growth of weeds.

 

 


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