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The Advantages of Raised-Bed Gardens
Posted By dpacheco On May 7, 2009 @ 11:25 pm In Garden & Agriculture | No Comments
The following is an excerpt from Mortgage Free! Innovative Strategies for Debt-free Home Ownership, Second Edition  by Rob Roy . It has been adapted for the Web.
French intensive or “biodynamic” gardening involves the use of several “raised beds” of about four feet in width—the maximum width allowing the gardener to reach the center from either side—and virtually any length, although eight to twelve feet is common. We once built a raised bed thirty-two feet long with occasional “crosswalks” to facilitate moving around the garden. Ideally the beds should have at least twelve inches of good soil to turn each year, although that varies somewhat with the crop. Beds can be either permanently framed with stone or wood, or shaped with a rake and a spade each season. We like the “permanent” beds, but we’ve also seen many excellent gardens of mounds reshaped each year at the time of turning. The advantages of raised beds are:
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