Digging in the soil is a lot of hard work and it brings thousands of dormant weed seeds up to the surface. If your soil is red clay, the area around your in-ground garden bed will hold water like a bathtub. In a period of wet weather your plants can drown or their roots can rot. Raised beds have been used for thousands of years for growing lots of vegetables in small spaces. They offer better drainage and resist weeds. The few weeds you will have are easy to pull. Tending plants takes less work, and harvesting is a breeze. Raised beds eliminate soil compaction. They heat up faster in the spring and stay warmer in the fall, adding as many as three weeks to your growing season. Finally, they’re easy to water.
By building a raised bed over top of your existing soil, many problems are eliminated immediately…
You never turn over your native soil to expose dormant weed seeds to sunlight, so they never germinate.
You eliminate drainage problems since elevated beds drain away unnecessary water.
You avoid any contamination from existing soil.
You then fill your raised beds with weedless soil mix and use organic fertilizers…
No more need for synthetic fertilizers. You end up with strong, natural, plant growth.
Healthy plants resist bugs and diseases, meaning less need for harmful pesticides.
Weedless soil eliminates work for you and your family (weeding is 2/3 of the work in a typical garden) with no need for herbicides.
Since raised beds with super fertile soil are more productive, you can grow more crops in less space using less water. In fact, you can get about 80% of the harvest of a regular 20 x 20 square foot garden in 10% of the space, and that means 10% of the water as well!
Because you are growing your own vegetables in your back yard, you can pick what you want the hour before you need it and your vegetables will be at the peak of their nutritional content and flavor!